On January 14, 2002, Snyder hired "University of Florida coach "Steve Spurrier, the Redskins' fifth new head coach in 10 years. They finished with a 7–9 record, their first losing season since "1998. A bittersweet moment during the season occurred on December 29, 2002, when "Darrell Green concluded his 20th and final season as the Redskins defeated the "Cowboys 20–14 at FedExField. During his 20 seasons, he set a NFL record for consecutive seasons with at least one interception (19) and a Redskins team record for regular season games played (295) and started (258).
The Redskins finished the "2003 season with a 5–11 record, their worst since "1994. The one bright note of the season was on December 7, 2003, when "defensive end "Bruce Smith sacked Giants quarterback "Jesse Palmer in the fourth quarter. With his 199th career sack, broke "Reggie White's all-time NFL mark (Smith finished the season with 200 career sacks). After two mediocre years, Spurrier resigned after the 2003 season with three years left on his contract.
Return of Joe Gibbs (2004–2007)
For the "2004 season, Snyder successfully lured former coach Joe Gibbs away from "NASCAR to return as head coach and team president. His employment came with a promise of decreased intervention in football operations from Snyder. Snyder also expanded FedExField to a league-high capacity of 91,665 seats. Gibbs' return to the franchise did not pay instant dividends as the Redskins finished the 2004 season with a record of 6–10.
Despite an impressive defense, the team struggled offensively. Quarterback "Mark Brunell—an off-season acquisition from the "Jacksonville Jaguars—struggled in his first season, and was replaced midway through the season by backup "Patrick Ramsey. On the other hand, some of Gibbs' other new signings, such as cornerback "Shawn Springs and "linebacker "Marcus Washington, did very well. The Redskins also picked "Sean Taylor from "University of Miami during the draft in Gibbs' first season.
The beginning of the "2005 season started with three wins, including a Monday Night Football game on September 19, 2005, against the "Dallas Cowboys. Dallas led 13–0 with less than four minutes left when Brunell threw a 39-yard (36 m) touchdown pass to Moss on a fourth-down play. Then, with 2:44 left, Brunell connected with Moss again on a 70-yard (64 m) touchdown pass and "Nick Novak kicked the game-winning extra point. It was the Redskins' first victory at "Texas Stadium since "1995. They then fell into a slump, losing six of the next eight games which included three straight losses in November, and their playoffs chances looked bleak.
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However, the Redskins then went on to record five consecutive victories at the end of the season, which concluded with the Redskins winning three games in a row against division rivals. On December 18, 2005, they beat Cowboys, 35–7, which marked the first time since 1995 that the Redskins were able to sweep the season series with Dallas. The Redskins then avenged the earlier loss to the Giants with a 35–20 victory in their last regular-season home game. They finished out the season against the "Philadelphia Eagles on January 1, 2006, where they won with a 31–20, with Taylor returning a fumble 39 yards (36 m) for a touchdown to seal the victory. The win clinched their first playoff berth since "1999. The game also culminated impressive season performances by individuals. Portis set a team mark for most rushing yards in a single season with 1,516 yards (1,386 m), and Moss set a team record for most receiving yards in a single season with 1,483 yards (1,356 m), breaking "Bobby Mitchell's previous record set in "1963. Also, "Chris Cooley's 71 receptions broke "Jerry Smith's season record for a Redskins tight end.
Finishing the season 10–6, they qualified for the "playoffs as a "wild card team. Their first game was against the "NFC South Champion "Buccaneers on January 7, 2006. The Redskins won 17–10, after taking an early 14–0 lead, which they thought they lost until replay showed that a touchdown, which would have tied the game, was an incomplete pass. In that game, the Redskins broke the record for fewest offensive yards (120) gained in a playoff victory, with one of their two touchdowns being from a defensive run after a fumble recovery. The following weekend, they played the "Seahawks, who defeated the Redskins 20–10, ending their hopes of reaching their first NFC Championship Game since "1991.
The first major move of the 2006 off-season was the hiring of "Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator "Al Saunders as "Associate Head Coach, Offense. Gibbs also added former "Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator "Jerry Gray to his staff as Secondary/Cornerbacks coach and lost quarterbacks coach "Bill Musgrave to the "Falcons. The Redskins also picked up future starters "Rocky McIntosh, "Anthony Montgomery, "Reed Doughty, and "Kedric Golston in the "2006 NFL Draft.
After winning only three of the first nine games of the "2006 season, Gibbs benched quarterback Brunell for former first-round draft pick "Jason Campbell. After losing his first game as a starter to "Tampa Bay, Campbell got his first NFL victory against the "Carolina Panthers, bringing the Redskins out of a three-game losing streak. The highlight of the season happened on November 5, 2006, and concluded with one of the most exciting endings in the history of the "Cowboys–Redskins rivalry. Tied 19–19, "Troy Vincent blocked a last-second field goal attempt by "Dallas that would have given them the win. "Sean Taylor picked up the ball and ran 30 yards (27 m), breaking tackles along the way. It was thought that the game would then go in overtime, however because of a defensive 15-yard (14 m) face mask penalty, the Redskins would get a field goal chance with no time on the clock. Novak kicked a 47-yard (43 m) field goal, giving Washington a 22–19 victory.
They finished the year with a 5–11 record, which resulted in them being last in the "NFC East, and the only team in the division to fail to make the playoffs. This marked the second losing season of Joe Gibbs' second term as head coach with the Redskins, compared to the one losing season he had in his first 12-year tenure as head coach. Despite the failures of the 2006 season, including "free agent disasters "Adam Archuleta and "Brandon Lloyd, the year did see improvement in running back "Ladell Betts and Campbell as quarterback.
The 2007 Washington Redskins season was the team's 75th season, and saw the team achieve a record of 9–7 and a playoff appearance. This was an improvement over the 2006 season in which they went 5–11 and finished last in the NFC East.
The Redskins began the "2007 season by "winning ugly" starting the season off 2–0. The Redskins kept winning and losing close games, the only exception to this a 34–3 rout of the "Detroit Lions. The Redskins continued to win ugly and lose ugly to be 5–3 at the halfway mark. However, the Redskins would begin to collapse. The Washington Redskins lost their next three games to fall to 5–6. On Monday, November 26, 2007, Redskins superstar, "Sean Taylor was shot by intruders early in the morning in his Miami home. The next morning, Sean Taylor died from severe blood loss. The heartbreak continued for the Washington Redskins, taking a 9–2 halftime lead against the "Buffalo Bills, and eventually a 16–5 lead. However, the Bills cut the lead to 16–14, and got into position with just 8 seconds remaining to win the game. In an attempt to ice the kicker, head coach Joe Gibbs called timeout. However, he attempted to re-ice him, and called timeout again, which drew an "unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, reducing the field goal from 51 yards to 36, and Bills kicker "Rian Lindell nailed it with ease. Following the heartbreaking loss, the Redskins attended Sean Taylor's funeral two days later, with a game to play on Thursday night against the "Chicago Bears. The bad news continued, as quarterback Jason Campbell went down for the season with a knee injury. Following this, unlikely hero and backup quarterback "Todd Collins led the Redskins to the victory, keeping their playoff hopes alive. Things continued to turn in the right direction behind Collins, who led the Redskins to a 22–10 victory on "Sunday Night Football over the "New York Giants and routs of the "Minnesota Vikings and rival "Dallas Cowboys in the final two weeks to propel the Redskins to 9–7 and the final playoff spot in the "NFL playoffs.
The Washington Redskins trailed 13–0 entering the 4th quarter to the "Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Playoffs, but rallied back to take a 14–13 lead, but Redskins kicker "Shaun Suisham missed a field goal later in the game, and the Seahawks scored on the next drive and converted the "two-point conversion. To close the game, Todd Collins threw two interceptions, each returned for touchdowns, and the Redskins fell 35–14.
Jim Zorn era (2008–2009)
The Washington Redskins looked to return to the playoffs in "2008 but did not succeed, finishing 8–8. After Joe Gibbs announced his retirement, "Jim Zorn was hired as head coach, and brought in a "West Coast Offense.
The season started about as well as it could have, as the Washington Redskins started the season 6–2, with their two losses coming by a combined 11 points to the "New York Giants and "St. Louis Rams. Furthermore, Redskins star "Clinton Portis led the NFL in rushing yards and Jason Campbell was just 40 pass attempts away from breaking "Bernie Kosar's record of consecutive passes to start the season without an interception. However, things turned for the worse on the eve of the "2008 Presidential Election, when they were routed 23–6 by the "Pittsburgh Steelers and Clinton Portis' injuries finally caught up to him. The Redskins continued to struggle, falling all the way to 7–7, with their only win during that six-week period being a 3-point victory of the then-2–8 "Seattle Seahawks, who would finish the season 4-12. The Redskins managed to upset the "Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, but were eliminated from playoff contention after the "Atlanta Falcons defeated the "Minnesota Vikings 24–17 that same week. The Redskins lost the final game of the season 27–24 to the "San Francisco 49ers, despite having a 17–7 lead at halftime, losing on a "Joe Nedney field goal as time expired.
The Redskins' fortunes continued to slide in 2009, as they lost two of the first four matches, one of which was a 19-14 defeat at the hands of the Lions, a team that had not won a game since December 2007. After that, they lost to Carolina on the road and Kansas City at home, the latter match handing another victory to a winless team. On Monday Night Football, the Redskins lost to Philadelphia in a game where Jim Zorn was temporarily relieved of his duties by offensive coordinator "Sherman Lewis. In Week 10, they inflicted a surprise defeat on the Denver Broncos before losing two divisional matches to Dallas and Philadelphia. The Week 13 game against an undefeated Saints team proved another surprise. The Redskins managed to tie at the end of regulation, and in overtime had a chance to break New Orleans' winning streak. However, kicker "Shaun Suisham missed a field goal that would have given them the victory. On their next possession, the Saints scored a FG and won the game 33-30. Suisham was cut after the game and signed with Dallas (his original team). The Redskins then routed Oakland in Week 14 before losing their last three games to finish 4-12. The second match with the Cowboys ended in a 16-0 shutout, making for only the second season since 1970 where Washington lost all of its divisional matches. Jim Zorn was fired and replaced by Mike Shanahan afterwards.
Mike Shanahan era (2010–2013)
The 2010 off-season would bring a surprise when on April 4, Eagles QB "Donovan McNabb forced his team to trade him to the Redskins and was also marred by contract disputes with "Albert Haynesworth. Washington continued an old tradition of playing its arch-rival Cowboys in the first week of the season. Both teams were unimpressive and the Redskins' offense sputtered throughout the game, but they finally won 13-10 after a touchdown pass by "Tony Romo was nullified after a holding call. They hosted the Texans in Week 2, but good all-around offensive performance (especially by McNabb, who passed for 426 yards and a touchdown) failed to secure a win. The game tied at 27-27 and went into overtime where Houston kicker Neil Rackers made a 37-yard FG, ending the match at 30-27. After this, the Redskins lost to St. Louis 30-16 before McNabb's return to Philadelphia. Although Washington did not deliver a particularly strong performance, they won 16-12 after Eagles QB Michael Vick was injured and replaced by Kevin Kolb. In Week 5, they hosted Green Bay for only the second time since 1979 (the first was in 2004) and beat them 16-13. After losing a Sunday Night match to the Colts, Washington beat Chicago in Week 7. Although McNabb threw two interceptions, the team took advantage of their opponent's porous O-line to sack and pick off "Jay Cutler four times, winning 17-14. After losing a 37-25 trap game in Detroit, the Redskins went on their bye week and returned to host Philadelphia on MNF for the second straight year. As rain fell on Fedex Field, the Eagles proceeded to crush Washington 59-28 with eight touchdowns. In contrast to the huge numbers put up by Michael Vick, McNabb looked decidedly unimpressive, with two touchdown passes and three interceptions (one returned for a TD). Just before the game, he had finalized his contract with the Redskins, who gave him a 5-year, $78 million deal and allowing him to (barring unforeseen circumstances) finish out his career in Washington. After beating Tennessee, the Redskins lost four straight games and were removed from playoff contention before beating Jacksonville in Week 16. After losing to New York at home, the Redskins finished the year at 6-10 and once again 4th place in the division.
The McNabb era came to an abrupt end when he was traded to Minnesota in August 2011. The troublesome Albert Haynesworth also headed to New England. After cutting the injury-rattled Clinton Portis, the Redskins had no important offensive players left except for Santana Moss. Mike Shanahan surprised most observers by his decision to name John Beck, an obscure free agent QB, as the starter.
However, Shanahan suddenly reversed direction by naming veteran backup Rex Grossman to the starting position. In Week 1, Grossman threw for 305 yards and two TD passes as the Redskins crushed the Giants 28-14, ending a six-game losing streak against that team. After beating the Cardinals in Week 2, the Redskins got off to a surprise 2-0 start. In Week 3, they played the Cowboys on MNF and lost a poorly played game where the latter edged them out with six field goals to win 18-16.
After beating the Rams in Week 4, the Redskins disintegrated from injuries and didn't win another game until Seattle in Week 12. They finished 5-11 following a second win over the eventual champion Giants.
The Redskins traded all their high level draft picks to St. Louis for taking Baylor QB "Robert Griffin III #2 in the 2012 draft. Although the need for a franchise QB was obvious, many football experts doubted the wisdom of such a trade for one player. Griffin silenced his critics in Week 1 as Washington won a surprise upset over the Saints in New Orleans. The rookie QB threw for 320 yards and two TD passes in a 40-32 victory for the Redskins' highest scoring game since 2005.
In Week 2, the team traveled to St. Louis where they lost 24-22. A major defensive loss was suffered when Brian Orakpo went down from a tear to his left pectoral muscle. Despite widespread complaints from Redskins fans and players about the Rams playing dirty, there was nothing to do but move on to the home opener against Cincinnati. The game started on a bad omen when the Bengals threw a 76-yard TD pass on the opening drive. Although the Redskins responded furiously and played another close match, they lost and injuries continued to pile up as CB Josh Wilson and WR "Pierre Garçon went down. They would win their next game on a late game field goal at Tampa Bay, 24-22, after the Buccaneers made a 4th quarter comeback to take the lead. The Redskins only won one of their next five games, going into the bye week at 3-6.
In Week 11, the Redskins would face the struggling Philadelphia Eagles in Washington. RGIII would have one of his best games of his career to date, as the Redskins won 31-6 with long touchdowns to Santana Moss and Aldrick Robinson. The Redskins would win their next 6 games after that, including a Thanksgiving Day win over the Dallas Cowboys, an overtime win against the eventual champs, the Baltimore Ravens, and a 38-21 win over the Cleveland Browns that featured backup rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins as the starter, filling in for RGIII who got an injured knee against the Ravens. The Redskins would win their crucial last game against the Cowboys, which would clinch the division for them and send the Redskins to the playoffs.
After winning the NFC East in the previous season, hopes were high for a repeat in 2013. However, these hopes were in vain, as poor play and controversy stirred during the entire year, leading to the disastrous record of 3–13. This was the worst record the Redskins have posted since "1994. Even though most players had a down year compared to last season, "Pierre Garçon had his greatest season statistically yet. Garcon eventually broke "Art Monk's 29-year-old franchise record for catches in a single season. Garcon had 113 catches total, which broke Monk's 106 catches in "1984 by seven.
The Washington Redskins fired Shanahan and most of his staff on December 30, 2013.
Jay Gruden era (2014–present)
On January 9, 2014, the Redskins hired "Jay Gruden as their head coach. Gruden became the eighth head coach of the team since Daniel Snyder purchased the franchise in 1999. Gruden lost his first regular season game as an NFL coach against the "Houston Texans 17–6 with the Texans defense controlling the Washington offense for the majority of the game. Gruden would then go on to win his first game as an NFL head coach the following week against the "Jacksonville Jaguars 41–10. Gruden and the Redskins struggled throughout the season, having three different quarterbacks start games, amounting to a 4–12 record. Defense coordinator "Jim Haslett was fired at the end of the season.
On January 7, 2015, the Redskins hired "Scot McCloughan to be their general manager. McCloughan took over control of the roster from "Bruce Allen, who was given the sole title of team president after the hiring. On October 25, 2015, the Redskins had their largest comeback win in franchise history, coming back to win against the "Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31–30, after being down 0–24 in the second quarter.
The Redskins clinched the NFC East division title on December 26, when they beat the "Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, 38–24. The division title was their third since Snyder took over ownership of the team, and was the first since the "1999 season to be clinched before Week 17. The Redskins hosted the "Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round on January 10, 2016, but lost 35–18, ending their 2015 season.
Kirk Cousins, who took over as starting quarterback in the preseason, finished the season with career highs in touchdowns (29), yards (4,166), and completion percentage (69.8%). His completion percentage led the league, while his 29 touchdowns tied him for second on the franchise single-season list.
The team's offense in 2016 set several franchise records, including having over 6,000 total net yards, which was only the third time in franchise history the team had accomplished that. Quarterback "Kirk Cousins also set single-season team records in attempts, completions, and passing yards, breaking many of his records he had previously set in 2015. "DeSean Jackson, "Pierre Garçon, "Jamison Crowder, "Robert Kelley, "Chris Thompson, "Jordan Reed, "Vernon Davis, and "Matt Jones all finished the season with at least 500 yards from scrimmage, tying the "2011 New Orleans Saints for the most in a single season in NFL history.
Despite the numerous records set, the Redskins missed the playoffs, losing 19–10 in a "win and in" situation against the New York Giants in the final week of the season. However, the Redskins still finished the season with a record of 8–7–1, giving the team their first consecutive winning seasons in nearly 20 years. In contrast with the record setting offense, the team's defense had a poor season, finishing 29 out of 32 teams in total defense, which lead to the firing of "defensive coordinator "Joe Barry, as well as three of his assistants.
Logos and uniforms
The Washington Redskins' primary colors are burgundy and gold. Continuously from 1961 through 1978, the Redskins wore gold pants with both the burgundy and white jerseys, although details of the jerseys and pants changed a few times during this period. Gold face masks were introduced in 1978 and remain to this day; previous to that they were grey. From the start of the Joe Gibbs era until 2010, the Redskins were one of three NFL teams that primarily wore their white jerseys at home (the others being the "Dallas Cowboys and "Miami Dolphins). The tradition of wearing white jerseys over burgundy pants at home, which is considered the "classic" look, was started by "Joe Gibbs when he took over as coach in 1981. Gibbs was an assistant for the "San Diego Chargers in 1979 and 1980, and the Chargers wore white at home during the tenure of coach "Don Coryell in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
From 1981–2009, their burgundy jerseys were primarily used when the opposing team decided to wear white at home, which comes mostly against the "Dallas Cowboys and occasionally the "Philadelphia Eagles, and was normally worn over white pants. It was worn on the road against other teams that like to wear white at home for games occurring early in the season. From 1981 through 2000, the Redskins wore their white jerseys over burgundy pants at home almost exclusively. In 1994, as part of a league-wide celebration of the NFL's 75th Anniversary, during certain games the Redskins wore special uniforms which emulated the uniforms worn by the team in its inaugural season as the Washington Redskins, 1937. Both worn over gold pants, the burgundy jerseys featured gold numbers bordered in white and the white jerseys featured burgundy numbers bordered in gold. The most distinctive feature of both colors of the jersey was the patches worn on both sleeves, which were a reproduction of the patches worn on the full-length sleeves of the 1937 jerseys. Worn with these uniforms was a plain burgundy helmet with a gold facemask. In 2001, the Redskins wore burgundy for all home games in the preseason and regular season per a decision by Marty Schottenheimer, their coach for that year. In 2002, the team celebrated the passing of 70 years since its creation as the Boston Braves in 1932, and wore a special home uniform of burgundy jersey over gold pants which roughly resembled the home uniforms used from 1969–1978. The helmets used with this special home uniform during that year were a reproduction of the helmets used by the team from 1965–69. This special home uniform was also worn during one game in 2003. In 2004, when Joe Gibbs became the coach of the Redskins once again, the team switched back to wearing white jerseys at home; in Gibbs's 16 years as head coach, the team never wore burgundy jerseys at home, even wearing a white throwback jersey in 2007.
Their white jerseys have provided three basic color combinations, two of which have been previously alluded to in this article. The last combination consists of both white jerseys and pants. That particular combination surfaced in the first game of the 2003 season, when the team was coached by Steve Spurrier, during a nationally televised game against the "New York Jets, which led many sports fans and Redskins faithful alike to point out that they had never seen that particular combination before. That year the Redskins wore it two more times. That look didn't appear again until midway through the 2005 season when the Redskins wore it in a road game against the "St. Louis Rams. The Redskins won six straight games, including one in the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wearing that combination and the local media jokingly pointed out that the reason the Redskins were winning was their use of the white over white combination. In the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the eventual 2005 NFC Champion "Seattle Seahawks, the Redskins wore the all-white uniforms, in hopes that they could keep their streak going; however, they lost 20–10. The Redskins continued to wear the white jerseys and white pants into the 2006 preseason. In the 2006 season, the Redskins started wearing black cleats, something that hadn't been done for quite a while. It was a surprise because they wore white cleats during the preseason. They would have to wear that color for the rest of the season, because the NFL usually asks teams to choose either black or white cleats to be worn throughout the season.
After the white-over-white period which lasted from the mid/late 2005 season into 2006, the classic uniform of white jerseys over burgundy pants reappeared on November 26, 2006, in a home game against the "Carolina Panthers. The decision to return to the classic look may have symbolized a desire by the team to turn a new page on their 2006 season, which had been very lackluster previous to that game, the period of success with the white jerseys over white pants having come to an end the previous season. The move may have also been related to the fact that this home game was the second start and first home start of second-year quarterback Jason Campbell, and that the game and the previous week's game were, in the hopes and perceptions of many Redskins fans, the start of the "Jason Campbell era." The Redskins went on to win that game against Carolina, preserving slim hopes of the team's being able to make it to the 2006 playoffs, although they ultimately missed the playoffs.
In celebration of the franchise's 75th anniversary, the Redskins wore a special "throwback uniform for the September 23, 2007 home game against the "New York Giants. Players wore a white jersey (in keeping with Gibbs's exclusive use of the color, whereas most other NFL throwback jerseys tend to be dark) with 3 burgundy and 2 gold stripes on each sleeve and the 75th anniversary logo on the left chest. The pants were gold, with one white stripe bordered by a burgundy stripe on each side, running down each side. The helmet was gold-colored with a burgundy "R" logo. The helmet and uniform styles (besides the anniversary patch and the position of the upper-most, "TV", numbers) were the same as the ones the franchise used during the 1970–71 seasons. While this throwback uniform was worn during a home game, it was actually the away uniform for 1970–71. (The helmet was discontinued after the 1971 season, while this basic away uniform design, minus the helmet, was used through the 1978 season, as well as during most of the 1969 season.) "Vince Lombardi, who coached the Redskins in 1969 before dying during the 1970 pre-season, was the inspiration behind the helmet. Lombardi pushed for the logo, which sat inside a white circle enclosed within a burgundy circle border, with Indian feathers hanging down from the side, because of its similarity to the "G" on the helmets worn by his Green Bay Packers for many years.
On September 14, 2008, Week 2 and game two for the team of the 2008 season, the Redskins again donned the white-on-white look, which was reminiscent of the successful stretch at the end of the 2005 season.
On November 3, 2008, the Redskins wore burgundy jerseys over their burgundy pants in a "Monday night home game against the "Pittsburgh Steelers the night before the "2008 U.S. Presidential election. The Redskins lost the game, 23–6. It was the first time the Redskins went with the dark ""monochrome" look that many NFL teams have adopted in some form over the past few years. This uniform combination made a reappearance in 2009 against the "Dallas Cowboys at "Cowboys Stadium on November 22 and a home Monday night game against the "New York Giants on December 21.
The Redskins, after wearing white almost exclusively in the 1980s and 1990s, occasionally reverted from 2002–2009 to using their burgundy jerseys for home games during the latter weeks of the season, but would still wear white against the "Dallas Cowboys. At the 2010 season and home opener on September 12, the team debuted a never-before-seen look, pairing the standard modern burgundy jerseys with the throwback style of gold pants that are reminiscent of the era of George Allen, the late father of then GM Bruce Allen, which had last been seen in the game vs. the Giants in 2007. In 2010, the team wore burgundy jerseys for all regular season home games, including six total sporting the aforementioned new look. For two home games, vs Green Bay and Tampa Bay, the team wore the standard white pants. In Philadelphia on October 3, with the Eagles wearing white at home, the team also wore white pants with their burgundy jerseys—and did the same when visiting Dallas in December. Away against Tennessee on November 21, they debuted another new look, matching the gold pants with the standard modern white jerseys for the first time ever; the same combination would be worn at the Giants two weeks later. In the other four away games, the team wore the white jerseys over the burgundy pants.
In 2011, they would wear the burgundy jersey/gold pants look for five home games and a road game at Dallas, the burgundy jersey/white pants look for three home games and a road game at Miami, the white jersey/burgundy pants look for five road games, and the white jersey/gold pants look for a "Bills game in Toronto.
In 2012, the team would wear an updated throwback uniform of the 1937 team in a loss versus the "Carolina Panthers on November 4, in honor of "Sammy Baugh's rookie season, and the team's championship season. Due to NFL rules that limits the number of pants worn to three, combined with the popularity of the gold throwback pants, the Redskins quietly dropped the burgundy pants.
Although a recent NFL rule implemented in 2013 that states teams may not wear alternate helmets on account of player safety, the Redskins would again wear the 1937 throwbacks with the sticker removed from the regular helmet in an overtime win versus the "San Diego Chargers on November 3. That year would also see the team remove its burgundy collar from their white jersey, in order to have better consistency with the new "Nike uniforms that debuted the previous season.
For 2014, the team dropped their white pants and for the next two seasons wore the gold pants full-time with their standard uniforms. In 2016, the burgundy pants returned as part of the team's away uniform.
Controversy regarding the name and logo
The name and logo of the Washington "Redskins is part of a larger "controversy regarding the use of Native American names, images and symbols by non-native sports teams, but receives the most public attention due to the prominence of the team being located in the "nation's capital and the name itself being defined in current dictionaries of American English as "usually offensive", "disparaging", "insulting", and "taboo".
Native American individuals, tribes and organizations have been questioning the use of the name and image for decades. In the 1940s the "National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) created a campaign to eliminate negative stereotyping of Native American people in the media. Over time, the campaign began to focus on Indian names and mascots in sports. The NCAI maintains that teams with mascots such as the Braves and the "Redskins perpetuate negative stereotypes of Native American people, and demean their native traditions and rituals. The NCAI issued a new report in 2013 summarizing opposition to Indian mascots and team names generally, and the Washington Redskins in particular.
On June 18, 2014, the "Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) voted to cancel the six trademarks held by the team in a two to one decision that held that the term "redskins" is disparaging to a "substantial composite of Native Americans", and this is demonstrated "by the near complete drop-off in usage of 'redskins' as a reference to Native Americans beginning in the 1960s." The TTAB majority held that the NCAI represented about 30% of Native Americans during the time in question, which the board found satisfied the substantial composite test. The Washington Redskins filed its appeal of the case on August 14, 2014; stating their belief "that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence". They also cite infringement of their First Amendment right to free expression. On July 8, 2015, the TTAB decision was upheld by the U.S. District Court.
Evidence of disparagement submitted by the petitioners in the TTAB case include the frequent references to "scalping" made by sportswriters for sixty years when reporting the Redskins' loss of a game, and passages from movies made from the 1940s to the 1960s using "redskin" to refer to Native Americans as a savage enemy. A linguistics expert for the team unsuccessfully argued that the name is merely a descriptive term no different than other uses of color to differentiate people by race. The linguistic expert for the petitioners, Dr. "Geoffrey Nunberg, argued that whatever its origins, "redskins" was a slur at the time of the trademarks, based upon the passages from books and newspapers and the movie clips in which the word is inevitably associated with contempt, derision, condescension, or sentimental paeans to the noble savage.
In response to the continued controversy, the team owner Dan Snyder sent an open letter to fans that was published in The Washington Post on October 9, 2013. In the letter Snyder states that the most important meaning of the name Redskins is the association that fans have to memories of their personal history with the team. Snyder also states that the name was chosen in 1933 to honor Native Americans in general and the coach and four players at that time who were Native American; and that in 1971 the then coach George Allen consulted with the Red Cloud Athletic Fund on the Pine Ridge reservation when designing the logo. Supporters also assert that a majority of Native Americans themselves are not offended, based upon a public opinion poll in 2004 in which 90% of those who identified as American Indians answered that they were "not bothered" by the name "Redskins" being used for the Washington football team. However, in a commentary published soon after that poll, fifteen Native American scholars collaborated on a critique that stated that there were so many flaws in the Annenberg study that rather than being a measure of Native American opinion, it was an expression of "white privilege" and colonialism. In May 2016, the "Washington Post released a poll of self-identified Native Americans that produced the same results as Annenberg poll, in which 90% of the 504 respondents were "not bothered" by the team's name. Native American groups responded with many of the same criticisms. NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Pata stated "The survey doesn't recognize the psychological impacts these racist names and imagery have on American Indian and Alaska Natives. It is not respectful to who we are as Native people. This poll still doesn't make it right."
The team continues to cite polls showing general public opinion in opposition to changing the name. One poll was part the 2014 poll of issues regarding the NFL, which included one question indicating 71% of the general public are in favor of keeping the name, with 18% in favor of a change. On their website the team states: "This poll, along with the poll taken among Native Americans by the Annenberg Institute, demonstrates continued, widespread and deep opposition to the Redskins changing our name. The results of this poll are solidly in line with the message we have heard from fans and Native Americans for months – our name represents a tradition, passion and heritage that honors Native Americans. We respect the point of view of the small number of people who seek a name change, but it is important to recognize very few people agree with the case they are making." The "Oneida Indian Nation "believes more Americans would favor changing the team name of the Washington NFL club if they understood the full context of what the Oneidas and others consider a racial slur." "Mike Florio points out that since an AP poll taken in April 2013 showed 79% in favor of keeping the name; the 71% result in the new poll is a significant decrease in support in a short time. A 2014 AP-Gfk Poll, however, showed 83% support keeping the name.
The Cowboys–Redskins rivalry is a "sports rivalry between two NFL teams that have won 31 combined division titles and ten Championships, including eight combined "Super Bowls. The rivalry started in "1960 when the Cowboys joined the league as an "expansion team. During that year they were in separate conferences, but played once during the season. In "1961, Dallas was placed in the same division as the Redskins, and from that point on, they have played each other twice during every "regular season.
Texas oil tycoon "Clint Murchison Jr. was having a difficult time bringing an NFL team to "Dallas. In 1958, Murchison heard that "George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, was eager to sell the team. Just as the sale was about to be finalized, Marshall called for a change in terms. Murchison was outraged and canceled the whole deal. Around this time, Marshall had a falling out with the Redskin band director, Barnee Breeskin. Breeskin had written the music to the "Redskins fight song, now a staple at the stadium. He wanted revenge after the failed negotiations with Marshall. He approached Tom Webb, Murchison's lawyer, and sold the rights for $2,500. Murchison then decided to create his own team, with the support of NFL expansion committee chairman, "George Halas. Halas decided to put the proposition of a Dallas franchise before the NFL owners, which needed to have "unanimous approval in order to pass. The only owner against the proposal was George Preston Marshall. However, Marshall found out that Murchison owned the rights to Washington's fight song, so a deal was finally struck. If Marshall showed his approval of the Dallas franchise, Murchison would return the song. The Cowboys were then founded and began playing in 1960.
In 2016, the Redskins-Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day was most-watched regular-season game in Fox history.
New York Giants
Players of note
|Washington Redskins retired numbers|
|33||"Sammy Baugh||"QB, "DB, "P||1937–52|
Unofficially retired numbers
The Redskins' policy since Baugh's retirement has been to not retire numbers. However, some numbers are unofficially retired and are usually withheld from being selectable by new players. The following numbers of past Redskins greats fall into that category.
- 7 "Joe Theismann, QB, 1974–85
- 9 "Sonny Jurgensen, QB, 1964–74
- 28 "Darrell Green, CB, 1983–2002
- 42 "Charley Taylor, WR, 1964–77
- 43 "Larry Brown, RB, 1969–76
- 44 "John Riggins, RB, 1976–79, 1981–85
- 49 "Bobby Mitchell, RB, 1962–68
- 65 "Dave Butz, DT, 1975–88
- 70 "Sam Huff, LB, 1964–69 (worn by "Leonard Marshall in 1994)
- 81 "Art Monk, WR, 1980–93
"Sean Taylor's number 21 has not been reissued since his death during the 2007 season, but it is unknown, as of 2015, whether the number should be considered "unofficially retired." A Google search reveals multiple fan petitions seeking to have the number formally retired. Free agent signing "O.J. Atogwe, who had "worn No. 21 his entire life", chose to switch to No. 20 out of respect for Taylor.
The use of unofficial retired numbers drew controversy during "Steve Spurrier's first year as head coach. Quarterbacks "Danny Wuerffel and "Shane Matthews first wore 7 and 9 respectively during training camp. The resulting sports talk furor led to them switching to 17 and 6. During the season, reserve tight end "Leonard Stephens wore number 49 for the season. After his retirement as assistant GM, "Bobby Mitchell blasted the team, for not being considered for GM and was upset that the team would let a player like Leonard Stephens wear his number.
Pro Football Hall of Fame members
|Washington Redskins inducted in the "Pro Football Hall of Fame|
|9||"Sonny Jurgensen||"QB||1964–1974||17||"Turk Edwards||"OT–"DT||1932–1940|
|20||"Cliff Battles||"RB–"CB||1932–1937||21||"Deion Sanders||CB||2000|
|26||"Paul Krause||"S||1964–1967||26||"Don Shula||DB||1957|
|27||"Ken Houston||S||1973–1980||28||"Darrell Green||CB||1983–2002|
|33||"Sammy Baugh||QB-S-"P||1937–1952||35||"Bill Dudley||RB-CB||1950–1953|
|40||"Wayne Millner||"TE-DE||1936–1941||42||"Charley Taylor||"WR||1964–1977|
|44||"John Riggins||RB||1976–1985||49||"Bobby Mitchell||RB||1962–1968|
|55||"Chris Hanburger||LB||1965–1978||68||"Russ Grimm||"G||1981–1991|
|70||"Sam Huff||"LB||1964–1969||73||"Stan Jones||DT||1966|
|75||"Deacon Jones||"DE||1974||78||"Bruce Smith||DE||2000–2003|
|81||"Art Monk||WR||1980–1993||89||"Dave Robinson||LB||1973–1974|
|60||"Dick Stanfel||OG||1956–1958||55||"Jason Taylor||DE/LB||2008|
|"George Allen||"Head coach||1971–1977||"Ray Flaherty||Head coach||1936–1942|
|"Joe Gibbs||Head coach||1981–1992, 2004–2007||"Otto Graham||Head coach||1966–1968|
|"Curly Lambeau||Head coach||1952–1953||"Vince Lombardi||Head coach||1969|
|"George Preston Marshall||Owner & founder||1932–1969||"Mike McCormack||Assistant coach||1965–1972|
|"Emmitt Thomas||Assistant coach||1986–94|
Washington Hall of Stars
The "Washington Hall of Stars is a series of banners hanging at "RFK Stadium honoring D.C. performers from all sports. It was previously located on a series of white-and-red signs ringing the face of the stadium's mezzanine level. Another version hangs on a large sign on one of the parking garages at "Nationals Park.
Despite having been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Turk Edwards, Ray Flaherty, Joe Gibbs, and Paul Krause are not on the Hall of Stars banners. Edwards, Flaherty, and Gibbs had been honored on signs on the prior version of the Hall of Stars.
Redskins Ring of Fame
When the Redskins moved out of RFK Stadium, the signs commemorating the Washington Hall of Stars were left behind and the team began a new tradition of honoring Redskins greats via the "Ring of Fame", a set of signs on the upper level facade at FedExField. Unlike the Hall of Stars, which honors historical greats from all sports, the Ring of Fame is limited to honoring Redskins greats. The following is a list of members of the Ring of Fame:
|Redskins Ring of Fame|
|—||"George Allen||Head Coach||1971–1977|
|—||"Jack Kent Cooke||Owner||1961–1997|
|35||"Bill Dudley||"RB||1950–1951, 1953|
|—||"Wayne Curry||"Prince George's County Executive||1994–2002|
|—||"Joe Gibbs||Head Coach||1981–1992
|—||Phil Hochberg||"PA announcer||1963–2000|
|70||"Sam Huff||"LB||1964–1967, 1969|
|22||"Charlie Justice||"RB||1950, 1952–1954|
|—||"Vince Lombardi||Head Coach||1969|
|—||"George Preston Marshall||Team founder and Owner||1932–1969|
|40||"Wayne Millner||"E||1936–1941, 1945|
|—||Lamar "Bubba" Tyer||Head Athletic Trainer||1971–2002
The 80 Greatest Redskins
In honor of the Redskins' 70th anniversary, on June 13, 2002, a panel selected the 70 Greatest Redskins to honor the players and coaches who were significant on-field contributors to the Redskins five championships and rich history. They were honored in a weekend of festivities, including a special halftime ceremony during the Redskins' 26–21 win over the "Indianapolis Colts.
The panel that chose the 70 consisted of former news anchor "Bernard Shaw; former player "Bobby Mitchell; Senator "George Allen (son of coach "George Allen); broadcaster "Ken Beatrice; Noel Epstein, editor for the "Washington Post; former diplomat "Joseph J. Sisco; Phil Hochberg, who retired in 2001 after 38 years as team stadium announcer; Pro Football Hall of Fame historian Joe Horrigan; sportscaster "George Michael; sports director "Andy Pollin; NFL Films president "Steven Sabol; and news anchor "Jim Vance.
The list includes three head coaches and 67 players, of which 41 were offensive players, 23 defensive players and three special teams players.
Among the 70 Greatest, there are 92 "Super Bowl appearances, with 47 going once and 45 playing in more than one. 29 members possess one Super Bowl ring and 26 have more than one. Also, before the Super Bowl, members of the 70 made 18 World Championship appearances including six that participated in the Redskins' NFL Championship victories in 1937 and 1942.
On August 24, 2012, the Redskins' 80th anniversary, ten more players and personnel were added to the list.
|NFL Offensive Player of the Year|
|NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year|
|"2012||"Robert Griffin III||"QB|
|Super Bowl MVP|
|NFL Coach of the Year|
All-time first-round draft picks
Coaches of note
Washington Redskins staff
- Passing yards: 4,917 "Kirk Cousins (2016)
- Passing touchdowns: 31 "Sonny Jurgensen (1967)
- Rushing yards: 1,613 "Alfred Morris (2012)
- Receptions: 113 "Pierre Garçon (2013)
- Receiving yards: 1,483 "Santana Moss (2005)
- Pass interceptions: 13 "Dan Sandifer (1948)
- Sacks: 18.5 "Dexter Manley (1986)
- Forced fumbles: 6 "LaVar Arrington (2003)
- Field goals made: 33 "Mark Moseley (1983)
- Points: 161 "Mark Moseley (1983)
- Total touchdowns: 24 "John Riggins (1983)
- Punt return average (minimum 5 returns): 24.3 "Derrick Shepard (1987)
- Kickoff return average (minimum 5 returns): 42.8 Hail Haynes (1950)
- Punting average: 51.4* "Sammy Baugh (1940)
* Also an NFL record
Redskins career records
- Passing yards: 25,206 "Joe Theismann (1974–1985)
- Passing touchdowns: 187 "Sammy Baugh (1937–1952)
- Rushing yards: 7,472 "John Riggins (1976–1979,1981–1985)
- Receptions: 889 "Art Monk (1980–1993)
- Receiving yards: 12,029 "Art Monk (1980–1993)
- Pass interceptions: 54 "Darrell Green (1983–2002)
- Field goals made: 263 "Mark Moseley (1974–1986)
- Points: 1,207 "Mark Moseley (1974–1986)
- Total touchdowns: 90 "Charley Taylor (1964–1977)
- Punt return average (minimum 25 returns): 13.8.0 "Bob Seymour (1941–1944)
- Kickoff return average (minimum 25 returns): 28.5 "Bobby Mitchell (1962–1968)
- Punting average: 45.1 "Sammy Baugh (1937–1952)
- Sacks: 91 "Dexter Manley (1981–1989)
- Forced fumbles: 17 "Charles Mann (1983–1993)
- Receptions: 14 "Roy Helu (2011)
- Completions: 33 "Jason Campbell (2007), "Kirk Cousins (2015)
- Longest field goal: 59 yards "Graham Gano (2011)
- Sacks: 4 "Dexter Manley (1988), "Ken Harvey (1997), "Phillip Daniels (2005), "Brian Orakpo (2009), "Ryan Kerrigan (2014)
- Interceptions: 4 "Deangelo Hall
- The Washington Redskins have had two 14-win seasons, in "1983 and "1991.
- The Redskins scored 541 points in 1983, which is the sixth highest total in a season of all time.
- The Redskins' 72 points against the "New York Giants on November 27, 1966, are the most points ever scored by an NFL team in a regular season game, and the 72 to 41 score amounted to 113 points and the highest-scoring game ever in NFL history. The second-half scoring for the game amounted to 65 points, the second-highest point total for second-half scoring and the third-highest total scoring in any half in NFL history. The Redskins' 10 touchdowns are the most by a team in a single game, and the 16 total touchdowns are the most combined for a game. The Redskins' nine "PATs are the second most all-time for a single game, and the 14 combined PATs are the most ever in a game.
- The Redskins set a record for most first downs in a game with 39 in a game against the Lions on November 4, 1990. They also set a record by not allowing a single first down against the Giants on September 27, 1942.
- The Redskins have led the league in passing eight times: in 1938, 1940, 1944, 1947–48, 1967, 1974 and 1989. Only the "San Diego Chargers have led more times. The Redskins led the league in completion percentage 11 times: in 1937, 1939–1940, 1942–45, 1947–48 and 1969–1970, second only to the "San Francisco 49ers. Their four straight years from 1942–45 is the second longest streak.
- The Redskins' nine sacks allowed in 1991 are the third fewest allowed in a season.
- The Redskins completed 43 passes in an overtime win against "Detroit on November 4, 1990, second most all-time.
- The Redskins recovered eight opponent's fumbles against the "St. Louis Cardinals on October 25, 1976, the most ever in one game.
- The Redskins allowed 82 first downs in "1937, third fewest all-time.
- The Redskins have led the league in fewest total yards allowed five times, 1935–37, 1939, and 1946, which is the third most. Their three consecutive years from 1935–37 is an NFL record.
- The Redskins have led the league in fewest passing yards allowed seven times, in 1939, 1942, 1945, 1952–53, 1980, and 1985, second only to Green Bay (10).
- The Redskins had 61 defensive turnovers in "1983, the third most all-time. The turnover differential of +43 that year was the highest of all time.
- The Redskins had only 12 defensive turnovers in "2006, the fewest in a 16-game season and second all time. (The "Baltimore Colts had 11 turnovers in the strike-shortened "1982 Season which lasted only 9 games.)
- The Redskins led the league in field goals for eight seasons, "1945, "1956, "1971, "1976–"77, "1979, "1982, "1992. Only the "Green Bay Packers have ever led more. Their 49 field goals attempted in 1971 is the most ever attempted in a single season. Broken by David Akers (49ers) 2011 Season.
- The Redskins and Bears attempted an NFL record 11 field goals on November 14, 1971, and the Redskins and Giants tied that mark on November 14, 1976.
- The Redskins 28 consecutive games, from "1988 to "1990, scoring a field goal is third all time.
- The Redskins have led the league in punting average six times, in 1940–43, 1945, and 1958, second only to the "Denver Broncos. Their four consecutive years from 1940–43 is an NFL record.
- The Redskins have led the league in average kickoff return yards eight times, in 1942, 1947, 1962–63, 1973–74, 1981, and 1995, more than any other team.
- The Redskins all time FG record is 59yds (4 shy of tying the all-time NFL Record). It was set 11–06–11 by Graham Gano against the San Francisco 49ers at FedexField.
As of 2008[update], the Redskins' "flagship station is "WTEM (ESPN 980), owned by "Red Zebra Broadcasting, which in turn is owned by Snyder.
As of the 2013 season, Larry Michael is the voice of the Redskins on the radio. He took this role in 2004 after longtime announcer "Frank Herzog left.
Michael is joined by analysts "Sonny Jurgensen and "Chris Cooley. Jurgensen is a former Redskins quarterback who has been in broadcasting since he retired from the team in 1974, much of that time spent working for his former team. Cooley played tight end for the Redskins from 2004 until 2012 and made the Pro Bowl twice. Cooley replaced "Sam Huff, the former Hall of Fame linebacker who played several years with the Redskins, as color commentator following Huff's retirement at the end of the 2012 season.
Another former Washington tight end, "Rick "Doc" Walker, is the "sideline reporter and Kevin Sheehan hosts the team's pregame show. Longtime Redskins running back/receiver/return man "Brian Mitchell also contributes to broadcasts.
Washington Redskins radio affiliates include:
District of Columbia
|"Prince Frederick||"WWXT-FM||92.7 FM|
|"Snow Hill||"WSUX-FM||101.1 FM|
|"New Bern||"WNOS-AM||1450 AM|
|"Roanoke Rapids||"WCBT-AM||1230 AM|
|"Virginia Beach||"WXTG-FM||102.1 FM|
|"Charles Town||"WMRE-AM||1550 AM|
Telecasts of preseason games not shown on national networks are aired in HD exclusively on "Comcast SportsNet in the overall "Mid-Atlantic region. "WRC-TV broadcasts preseason games in SD in the Washington, D.C. area. Comcast SportsNet also airs a pregame show and an extensive game recap program after each Redskins regular season Sunday game.
"Kenny Albert does play-by-play, former Redskins quarterback "Joe Theismann is the color analyst, and "Rick "Doc" Walker is the sideline reporter.
In the regular season, most games are shown locally on Fox O&O "WTTG per the NFC "contract with the "Fox Broadcasting Company. The main exceptions are when the Redskins host an AFC team or play at night.
The Redskins haven't been blacked out at home since 1972, a year before local telecasts of sold-out home games were allowed, although the Redskins have often had to deal with no-shows (but not in recent years). Only three other NFL teams have had sellout streaks dating to before 1973.
Prior to the "Carolina Panthers inaugural season of 1995, many residents of North Carolina were Washington Redskins fans. A handful of North Carolinians still are, particularly in the northeastern part of the state with those living further west (closer to the Interstate 26 corridor) either neutral or "Atlanta Falcons fans. Therefore, prior to 1995, the Washington Redskins were often on television but not mandated by the NFL. A Triangle Redskins Fan club still exists in Raleigh as of 2011.
Superstition regarding U.S. presidential elections
For 17 of the past 19 "United States presidential elections, a win for the Redskins' last home game prior to "Election Day coincided with the incumbent party winning re-election. The exceptions were in 2004, when "Republican incumbent "George W. Bush won re-election despite the "Green Bay Packers beating the Redskins, and again in 2012, when "Democratic incumbent Barack Obama retained the presidency on November 6, despite the Redskins losing to the "Carolina Panthers on November 4, 21–13. Other than these exceptions, this "Redskins Rule" has proven true since 1936 when they won and incumbent "Franklin D. Roosevelt won re-election, prior to the Redskins' move from Boston in 1937.
The Redskins Rule was discovered by Steve Hirdt, who was the executive vice president of the "Elias Sports Bureau, while searching for discussion fodder in 2000 for a game between the Redskins and "Titans.
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