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Redskins 2014-2015 Outlook
The NFC East is open for any team to step up, and the Washington Redskins have as good a chance as anyone. Bringing in DeSean Jackson via free agency and getting QB Robert Griffin III and the rest of the team healthy again will make the franchise look dangerous.
All Washington Redskins football games can be seen on one of the following television broadcasts depending on the team they are playing: Fox Sports, CBS, or ESPN. Tune into Triple X ESPN Radio to listen to each Washington Redskins football game on the radio. Locally, games can be heard on either of 94.3FM, 92.7FM or 730AM.
The Washington Redskins have played in 5 different stadiums during their existence. Currently, the Washington Redskins play in FEDEX Field (formerly known as Jack Kent Cooke Stadium) in Landover, Maryland, which has been their home since 1997. FEDEX Field holds a capacity of 91,000 fans, the largest stadium in the NFL. Washington Redskins fans have continually set NFL paid attendance records since the move to FEDEX Field. In addition to NFL football games, FEDEX Field has been host to numerous other sporting events including college football contests, Women’s World Cup soccer matches and international soccer matches hosted by Washington, D.C.’s own D.C. United team. In one of the more memorable college football contests played at FEDEX Field in August 2004, 91,665 crazed college football fans welcomed in the 2004 college football season by watching the defending champion USC Trojans defeat the highly ranked Virginia Tech Hokies 24–13 under the lights on a beautiful late summer night.
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The Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins are a professional football team in the National Football League (the NFL). The Washington Redskins play in the National Football Conference (NFC) East Division with three other teams: the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Washington Redskins have won 2 NFL Championships and 3 Super Bowl Championships. FEDEX Field, located in Landover, Maryland, hosts all Washington Redskins home games.
The Washington Redskins played their first game in the Washington, D.C. area in 1937. The Washington Redskins originated as the Boston Braves, an expansion football team invited to join the professional football league in 1932. After only one year of playing professional football at Braves Field, owner George Preston Marshall decided to change both the team name and the team stadium in 1933. For the next 4 years, the Boston “Redskins” played their home NFL football games at Fenway Park, home of the historic Boston Red Sox. Because of poor attendance and lack of success playing football in Fenway Park, Mr. Marshall decided to move the team for the last time – to the city where it has played professional football for the last 73 years - Washington, D.C. Upon moving to Washington, D.C., the Washington Redskins initially shared Griffith Stadium with the local baseball team, the Washington Senators. The team eventually had a stadium of its own when it began playing games at RFK Stadium in 1960.
From 1937 through 1945, the Washington Redskins played in 5 NFL Championship Games. In 1937, the Washington Redskins finished atop the NFL East with an 8-3 record. In the NFL Championship Game, the Washington Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears 28-21 behind the running of Hall of Fame Running Back Sammy Baugh to win the franchise’s first NFL Championship. In 1940, the Washington Redskins finished atop the NFL East with a 9-2 record. In the NFL Championship Game, the Washington Redskins faced the Chicago Bears again, but this time the Chicago Bears humbled the Washington Redskins 73-0, which is still the most-lopsided score in NFL history. In 1942, the Washington Redskins lost only one game during the NFL regular season and finished atop the NFL East with a 10-1 record. The Washington Redskins avenged the embarrassing 1940 NFL Championship Game loss and defeated the Chicago Bears 14-6 to secure the franchise’s 2nd NFL Championship. The following season, the Washington Redskins finished in a tie for 1st place in the NFL East with a 6-3-1 record. After defeating the New York Giants 28-0 in the East Divisional playoff game, the Washington Redskins could not beat the Chicago Bears for the 2nd consecutive year in the NFL Championship Game, as the Chicago Bears won 41-21. The Washington Redskins won one more NFL East title in 1945 with an 8-2 record. But the Washington Redskins lost a heart-breaker in the NFL Championship Game 15-14 to the Cleveland Rams.
From 1946 through 1970, the Washington Redskins endured one of the most difficult stretches in NFL history. During that 25-year span, the Washington Redskins recorded only 3 winning records and never made the playoffs once. The Washington Redskins enjoyed a brief period of success from 1971 through 1977 under the coaching prowess of legendary Head Coach George Allen. The Washington Redskins finished every season with a winning record and advanced to post-season play 5 of those 7 seasons. In all but one of those playoff appearances, however, the Washington Redskins lost in the Divisional round of the playoffs. The one year that the Washington Redskins made a successful playoff run was 1972. The Washington Redskins finished atop the NFC East with an 11-3 record. Led by a ferocious defense, the Washington Redskins defeated the Green Bay Packers 16-3 in the Divisional round of the playoffs and the Dallas Cowboys 26-3 in the NFC Championship Game to advance to the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl appearance. In Super Bowl VII, however, the Washington Redskins faced the Miami Dolphins, who had not lost a single game during the entire NFL regular season and playoffs. The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins 14-7 to complete the only perfect, undefeated season in NFL history and the loyal Washington Redskins fan base would have to wait for the team to bring home a Super Bowl Championship.
In 1981, new Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke hired Joe Gibbs, the former offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, to be the new Head Coach of the Washington Redskins. Head Coach Joe Gibbs, who is now also the current Head Coach of the Washington Redskins, coached the Washington Redskins from 1981 through 1992, and he led the team to three Super Bowl Championships during his tenure. Gibbs’ early teams were led by Quarterback Joe Theismann, Running Back John Riggins, Wide Receiver Art Monk and an offensive line known as “The Hogs”. Although the Washington Redskins finished with a .500 record in Gibbs’ first season as head coach, the pieces were in place to field a consistent playoff-caliber team each and every season. In the strike-shortened 1982 NFL regular season, the Washington Redskins lost only once and the Washington Redskins steamrolled through the playoffs with victories over the Detroit Lions (31-7), Minnesota Vikings (21-7) and Dallas Cowboys (31-17) to advance to the franchise’s 2nd Super Bowl appearance, both against the Miami Dolphins. This time around, the Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-17 in Super Bowl XVII behind the solid running of John Riggins and a stingy defense. John Riggins was awarded the Super Bowl MVP for his 166-yard rushing effort and 1 rushing touchdown. In 1983, the Washington Redskins finished atop the NFC East with a 14-2 record. In the Divisional round of the playoffs, the Washington Redskins crushed the Los Angeles Rams 51-7. In that game, Running Back John Riggins rushed for 3 touchdowns and Quarterback Joe Theismann threw for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. The stingy Washington Redskins defense dominated the other side of the football, forcing the Los Angeles Rams into the 3 costly turnovers. The next week in the NFC Championship Game, the Washington Redskins led the San Francisco 49ers 21-0 after 3 quarters of play. After Washington Redskins Kicker Mark Moseley missed his 4th field goal of the day in the 2nd half, San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Joe Montana led the 49ers on three 4th quarter touchdown drives to tie the game at 21. Fortunately, the Washington Redskins countered with a 78-yard drive late in the 4th quarter to set up Mark Moseley’s game-winning 25-yard field goal with only 40 seconds left in the game. The Washington Redskins were on their way to their 2nd consecutive Super Bowl appearance. In Super Bowl XVIII, the Washington Redskins were favored over the Oakland Raiders, but the team did not show up to play its typical ball control game. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9 behind a spectacular rushing performance by Running Back Marcus Allen. Allen rushed for just under 200 yards and 2 touchdowns and was named the Super Bowl MVP. After a Divisional round playoff loss to the Chicago Bears in 1984 and an absence from the playoffs in 1985, the Washington Redskins returned to the playoffs in 1986. After defeating the Los Angeles Rams 19-7 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs and the Chicago Bears 27-13 in the Divisional round of the playoffs, the Washington Redskins lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants 17-0 in the NFC Championship Game. The Washington Redskins returned with a chip on their shoulder in the strike-shortened 1987 season, and finished atop the NFC East with an 11-4 record. The Washington Redskins advanced to another Super Bowl appearance after close playoff victories over the Chicago Bears 21-17 in the Divisional round of the playoffs and the Minnesota Vikings 17-10 in the NFC Championship Game. In Super Bowl XXII, the Washington Redskins crushed the Denver Broncos 42-10 to give the Washington Redskins franchise its 2nd Super Bowl Championship. After falling behind the Denver Broncos 10-0 in the first quarter, the Washington Redskins had one of the best quarters in Super Bowl history when the team scored 35 points in the 2nd quarter to take a commanding 35-10 halftime lead. Super Bowl MVP Quarterback Doug Williams passed for over 300 yards and 4 touchdown passes, as the Washington Redskins gained a Super Bowl record 602 yards of total offense. The Washington Redskins made one more Super Bowl appearance during Head Coach Gibbs’ tenure in 1991, after finishing the season atop the NFC East with a 14-2 record. The Washington Redskins dominated the Atlanta Falcons 24-7 in the Divisional round of the playoffs and the Detroit Lions 41-10 in the NFC Championship Game to advance to Gibbs’ 4th Super Bowl appearance during his 12-year tenure as Head Coach. In Super Bowl XXVI, the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24, giving Head Coach Gibbs and the Washington Redskins their 3rd Super Bowl Championship. The Washington Redskins rode the hot hand of Quarterback Mark Rypien who passed for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns. He won the Super Bowl MVP award for his efforts. With the Super Bowl XXVI win, the Washington Redskins became the 4th team in NFL history to win three Super Bowl Championships and Head Coach Gibbs became only the 3rd Head Coach in NFL history to lead his team to 3 Super Bowl Championships. After Head Coach Gibbs retired following the 1992 NFL regular season, the Washington Redskins endured some rough years. From 1992 through 2005, the Washington Redskins only won the NFC East once and only advanced to post-season play twice, in 1999 and 2005. Both playoff appearances ended in Divisional round playoff losses. The Washington Redskins re-hired Joe Gibbs as Head Coach in 2004 and he coached the Washington Redskins through the 2007-8 NFL season. Gibbs' 2nd stint as Redskins Head Coach was not as successful as his first . He compiled a 30-34 record and never finished better than 2nd place in the NFC East. The Redskins went 1-2 in playoff appearances during Gibbs' 2nd run as Head Coach. Gibbs' final game as Redskins Head Coach resulted in a disappointing 35-14 playoff to the Seattle Seahawks in January 2008. Gibbs resigned in January 2008 as he elected not to finish out the 5th year of his contract.
The Washington Redskins hired Jim Zorn as its new head coach on February 10, 2008. Jim Zorn was a long-time successful Quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks from 1976-1984. Zorn was a long-time assistant coach with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions from 1997 through 2007, but he has no professional head coaching experience.
Hall of Famers
Sixteen men associated with the Washington Redskins have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Most notably, two-time and current Washington Redskins Head Coach Joe Gibbs was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1996. The legendary George Allen, Head Coach of the Washington Redskins from 1971 through 1977, was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2002. Team Founder and Owner George Preston Marshall was honored as an inductee into the Hall of Fame in 1963. Marshall’s successful guidance for almost 40 years from 1932 through 1969 enabled the Washington Redskins to prosper as one of the most successful teams in NFL history. Ray Flaherty, Head Coach of the Washington Redskins from 1937 through 1942, was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1976. Legendary Quarterbacks Sammy Baugh (inducted 1963) and Sonny Jurgensen (inducted 1983) are also members of the NFL Hall of Fame. Other notable offensive stars who were inducted into the Hall of Fame include Running Backs Cliff Battles (inducted 1968), Bill Dudley (inducted 1966) and John Riggins (inducted 1992), Wide Receivers Bobby Mitchell (inducted 1983) and Charley Taylor (inducted 1984) and Offensive Tackle Turk Edwards (inducted 1969). Notable defensive stars who were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame include Linebacker Sam Huff (inducted 1982), Safeties Ken Houston (inducted 1986) and Paul Krause (inducted 1998) and End Wayne Millner (inducted 1968).