Joe Gibbs Timeline
A look at the key events in the Redskins coach's career.

1973-
1980
Before the Redskins - Gibbs started his professional football career as an offensive backfi eld coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1978, he became the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator and a year later accepted the same position in San Diego. » Post Stories
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1981
8-8 | Did Not Make The Playoffs
Mike Nelms, PR
Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke hired the little-known Gibbs to be the 20th head coach in franchise history on Jan. 13. Gibbs lost the first five games of the season but led the Redskins to victories in eight of their final 11. » Post Story
* Italic names are Pro Bowlers from each season.
1982
8-1 | 4-0 | Won Super Bowl XVII
Charlie Brown, WR; Mark Moseley, PK; Mike Nelms, PR; Tony Peters, S; Joe Theismann, QB
In a strike-shortened season, the Redskins beat the Cowboys, 31-17, in the NFC championship game, then toppled the Dolphins, 27-17, for the the first Super Bowl win in franchise history. » Post Story
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1983
14-2 | 2-1 | Lost Super Bowl XVIII
Jeff Bostic, C; Charlie Brown, WR; Dave Butz, DT; Russ Grimm, G; Joe Jacoby, T; Mark Murphy, S; Joe Theismann, QB
The Redskins set a team record for most regular season victories, but their season ended in disappointment with a 38-9 loss to the Raiders in the Super Bowl. » Post Story
1984
11-5 | 0-1 | Lost In Conference Semifinals
Darrell Green, CB; Russ Grimm, G; Joe Jacoby, T; Art Monk, WR
The Redskins finished the regular season winning their final four games to enter the playoffs with plenty of momentum. They scored at least 29 points in each of those four victories, but the season ended abruptly with a 23-19 loss to the Chicago Bears in the conference semifinals.
1985
10-6 | Did Not Make Playoffs
Russ Grimm, G; Joe Jacoby, T; Art Monk, WR
The Redskins had an uneven season, opening with a 44-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, then losing two of their next three. They never won more than two straight games the rest of the way until closing the season with three consecutive victories. » Post Story
1986
12-4 | 2-1 | Lost In NFC Championship Game
Gary Clark, WR; Darrell Green, CB; Russ Grimm, G; Joe Jacoby, T; Dexter Manley, DE; Art Monk, WR; Jay Schroeder, QB
The Redskins lost two of their final three regular season games to finish behind the Giants in the NFC East. That forced the Redskins to play the NFC championship game at Giants Stadium, where they lost, 17-0.
Gary Cameron - The Washington Post
1987
11-4 | 3-0 | Won Super Bowl XXII
Gary Clark, WR; Darrell Green, CB; Charles Mann, DE
A players' strike forced cancellation of the third game. When the strike ended, Doug Williams took over at quarterback late in the season and engineered a 42-10 win against Denver in the Super Bowl. Williams was named Super Bowl MVP. » Post Story
Gary Cameron - The Washington Post
1988
7-9 | Did Not Make Playoffs
Charles Mann, DE; Mark May, T
The Redskins had their first losing season under Gibbs, dropping five of their final six games, including 20-17 in overtime to the Cincinnati Bengals in the finale. Doug Williams took most of the snaps at quarterback, but the Redskins also got a glimpse of their future at the position with Mark Rypien.
1989
10-6 | Did Not Make Playoffs
Charles Mann, DE; Mark Rypien, QB
The Redskins began with consecutive losses but rebounded with five straight wins to finish the season. » Post Story
1990
10-6 | 1-1 | Lost In Conference Semifinals
Earnest Byner, RB; Gary Clark, WR; Darrell Green, CB; Jim Lachey, T
Making their first playoff apperance in three seasons, the Redskins beat the Eagles in the first round, 20-6, before losing in the NFC semifinals to the 49ers, 28-10. » Post Story
Joel Richardson - The Washington Post
1991
14-2 | 3-0 | Won Super Bowl XXVI
Earnest Byner, RB; Gary Clark, WR; Darrell Green, CB; Jim Lachey, T; Chip Lohmiller, PK; Charles Mann, DE; Mark Rypien, QB; Mark Schlereth, G
The Redskins had their finest season under Gibbs, winning their first 11 games and rolling through the playoffs to capture their third Super Bowl victory, 37-24, over the Buffalo Bills. Mark Rypien was named Super Bowl MVP. » Post Story
1992
9-7 | 1-1 | Lost In Conference Semifinals
Wilber Marshall, LB
The Redskins lost their final two regular season games but came back with a 24-7 road victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the playoffs. After losing to the 49ers, 20-13, in the NFC semifinals, Gibbs announced he was resigning as coach.
1993-
2003
The In-Between Years
Gibbs's retirement allowed him to spend more time with his family and dedicate more energy to his Nascar racing team. Joe Gibbs Racing, established in 1991, recruited drivers Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart. Labonte won the Winston Cup title in 2000, and Stewart won it in 2002 Stewart won again in 2005. » Post Stories
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2004
6-10 | Did Not Make Playoffs
Marcus Washington, LB
On Jan. 7, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder announced Gibbs was coming back for a second stint as head coach. Gibbs wins the first game of his second tenure, 16-10, over the Buccaneers for the franchise's 500th victory. » Season Recap
2005
10-6 | 1-1 | Lost In Conference Semifinals
Santana Moss, WR; Chris Samuels, T
The Redskins won their final five regular season games to reach the playoffs behind the steady play of Mark Brunell. They beat the Buccaneers, 17-10, in the first round before losing to the Seahawks, 20-10. » Season Recap
Jonathan Newton - The Washington Post
2006
5-11 | Did Not Make Playoffs
Chris Samuels, T; Sean Taylor, S
A two-game winning streak was the Redskins' longest of the season, and they transitioned at quarterback when Jason Campbell took over for Mark Brunell for the final seven games.
» Season Recap
2007
9-7 | 0-1 | Lost Wild-Card
Chris Cooley, TE; Chris Samuels, T; Sean Taylor, S
Gibbs guided the Redskins to the playoffs during a season in which safety Sean Taylor was shot and killed in late November. Washington won its final four games before losing to Seattle, 35-14, in the first round. » Post Story
Preston Keres - The Washington Post
* Italic names are Pro Bowlers from each season.
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