Coaching Carousel

Norv Turner, 1994 to Week 13 of 2000

Entering the 2000 season, new owner Daniel Snyder then present Turner, his inherited coach, a not so subtle "Super Bowl or Bust" ultimatum after a ridiculous haul of big name free agents. The team underperformed to its young and impatient owner's expectations so completely that Turner, with the team at 7-6 and in playoff contention, was fired 13 games into the season. It was abrupt and unceremonious end to a once promising but uneven failure. His final record as Redskins Head Coach was 49-59-1.

Terry Robiskie, Week 14 to 16 of 2000

This long-time assistant coach was the poor soul who was tasked with picking up the pieces after Norv Turner's departure. Robiskie coached the final three games of the 2000 season, winning the last. His professionalism for holding down a fort that was in flames is at least worth mentioning. However, his three-game tenure as a head coach was hardly sufficient to pass judgement on his overall abilities.

Marty Schottenheimer, 2001

After just one season, Snyder attempted to wrestle back control of personnel decisions from Schottenheimer. The coach refused, leaving Snyder with only one option: fire him and cough up a multi-million dollar "divorce check." Schottenheimer departed DC as an unemployed but very rich man.

Steve Spurrier, 2002 to 2003

His offense, known as the "Fun N Gun" at the University of Florida, became known as the "Chuck and Duck" in the NFL after elite pass rushers exposed schematic vulnerabilities. After posting a 7-9 and 5-11 record in his first two seasons, Spurrier had enough of the NFL. He resigned and took his hard-learned lessons and a sack of Daniel Snyder's cash back to the college coaching ranks. The abbreviated work hours, the lack of intensity, and the losses with a dismissive quip and shoulder shrug left many wondering if Spurrier really gave it a respective effort. Maybe, but only on his terms.

Joe Gibbs (Part 2), 2004 to 2007

The second time around, Gibbs ran his program more as the CEO and delegated tremendous authority to his staff. His attention to detail wasn't as precise. His magic touch with the offensive nuances of the game had eroded. His infamous ability to make halftime adjustments had practically faded to black. His personnel moves were often questionable and often reeked of a "win now" philosophy. Gibbs' one honest attempt to set up the franchise for many seasons to come (trading up to draft QB Jason Campbell) was a failure. Still, Gibbs 2.0 wasn't completely void of the magic from his prior version. His ability to inspire and lead men remained. In four years, he doubled the number of team playoff appearances (two) and equaled the number of playoff wins (one) the Redskins had enjoyed in the 11 years since his retirement.

Jim Zorn, 2008 to 2009

After Joe Gibbs and much of his staff walked away after the 2007 season, the Redskins first hire was Jim the new Offensive Coordinator. That would trouble sign #1. Who the hell hires a coordinator before the head coach? During Zorn's first press conference, he referred to the Redskins as the "Maroon and Black," a butchered reference to the team's legendary "Burgundy and Gold" colors. That would be trouble sign #2. The team needled Zorn by hiring Sherman Lewis, whose previous job was calling bingo games at a senior and was now calling plays. Zorn bit his lip masterfully and was careful not to say or do anything that could be used to void his contract. However, he did not go in complete silence.

Mike Shanahan, 2010 to 2013

One would think that a two-time back-to-back Super Bowl winning coach could finally bring winning back to DC. Right? Well, only for one stellar season. In 2012, the Redskins "mortgaged the farm" by giving up two first round draft picks and a second round draft pick to the then St Louis Rams to get what they hoped would be their franchise QB. Robert Griffin III (RGIII to the fans) brought life back to this team during his rookie rear and helped the Redskins capture their first division title since 1999. Too good to last? The answer is yes. RGIII would go down with an knee injury in the Wild Card playoff game against Seattle. After going 10-6 in 2012, RGIII never returned to form, and the Redskins returned to a very familiar place the following season. The team finished 2013 with a 3-13 record. Shanahan was also finished.

Jay Gruden, 2014 to Present

Well, here we are at the present, and the situation in the front office hasn't changed. Gruden is dealing with the same politics and turmoil that plagued his seven predecessors. His record after four full seasons as Redskins head coach is 28-35-1, which under the circumstances, isn't bad. However, recent developments off the field are creating numerous uncertainties and concerns. Former GM Scot McCloughlin is currently involved in a court battle with the Redskins over the circumstances surrounding his firing in March 2017. He is also trying to recoup the $2.8 million that was remaining on his contract. Meanwhile, now former QB Kirk Cousins departed for Minnesota after failing to reach a contract agreement with the team. Former San Francisco QB Alex Smith will take over when the 2018 Season the questionable decisons from the front office continue.