The Washington Redskins have employed some of the greatest head coaches in history to include George Allen, Joe Gibbs and Mike Shanahan.
All three men had extensive coaching backgrounds to include several coordinator positions before taking their first head gig.
Others have been summoned to the sidelines due to their prolific careers on the field despite lacking any coaching related experience.
With news of the recently retired player/newest coaching fraternity member Jason Kidd’s hiring by the Brooklyn Nets, NFL.com looked at back at some of the most memorable and yes forgettable player turned coach moves in league history.
Two Redskins have found their way in, so without further ado here they are:
Otto Graham was one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history as he led the Browns to the playoffs every year he was at the helm behind seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Chatter surrounded his name as one of the best to ever play the game.
So when the Redskins were looking to splash some excitement into a waning fan base (the playoff drought was over 20 years) they tapped Graham as the 15th head coach in franchise history in 1966.
With the thought of Graham being an offensive wizard and having the likes of three Hall of Famers at his disposal (to include the recently profiled Charley Taylor) the skies over RFK Stadium were going to rain touchdowns all day long.
Unfortunately Graham’s lack of defensive coaching knowledge led to a lot of pigskins finding the end zone—for the other team as well.
Graham coached the Washington Redskins from 1966 to 1968, but he could not recapture the same magic he had as a player. Graham went 17-22-3. He was replaced by Vince Lombardi.
Despite the fact that a majority of Redskins Nation never got to see Sammy Baugh’s greatness in person, there seem to be a lot of football historians in the masses as he was recently voted onto the team’s Mount Rushmore. So as I am sure many of you were aware of, Baugh had an inkling to insert himself into the coaching ranks following his retirement in 1952.
So when the newly minted New York Titans wanted a quick popularity boast, they selected Baugh as their first ever coach.
Baugh was the first coach of the New York Titans in 1961 and 1962. He also coached the Houston Oilers in 1964 and finished with a career winning percentage of .429.
If the two aforementioned quarterbacking legends shed any light onto to how QBs translate into coaching, Robert Griffin III may want to find a different post-career activity.
But that won’t be for a long, long time.
Hail to the Redskins!
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