Washington Redskins Coaching Staff

Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden looks on prior to the game against the the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The current Washington Redskins coaching staff has 24 coaches listed beginning with Head Coach Jay Gruden. In 1972, George Allen took the Washington Redskins to Super Bowl VII. That coaching staff had a total of 10 coaches. He was the only coach with a “Special Teams” coach. Sometimes an employee can have too many bosses. For a football player, he may have too many coaches. Most people have heard the expression “too many Chiefs and not enough Indians.”

Let us investigate why today’s Redskins coaching staff needs 24 coaches as opposed to the 1972 Redskins coaching staff of 10. Marv Levy was the special teams coach for the 1972 Redskins. He had no assistant special teams coach, but the current Redskins have an assistant special teams coach, Bret Munsey. They also have an assistant offensive line coach and an assistant defensive backs coach. Our strength and conditioning coach has 3 assistant coaches. Quite frankly, this Redskins fan is not that proud of our special teams nor our strength and conditioning staff since there have been over 20 players on Injured Reserve (IR).

Maybe today’s NFL teams need more than twice as many coaches as they did back in the 70’s. The 1983 Super Bowl XVIII winning Redskins under Head Coach Joe Gibbs had a coaching staff of 13. So why are the Redskins less productive with twice as many coaches than George Allen and Joe Gibbs had?

Ben Kotwica is Jay Gruden’s special teams coach. Marv Levy was George Allen’s special teams coach who went on to become the Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills that won 4 AFC Championships. George Allen’s receivers coach was All-Pro Boyd Dowler (5 NFL Championships, Super Bowls I and II Champions). I can go on and on but I believe you catch my drift here. I do not know why the Washington Redskins need 24 coaches unless it has to do with legal issues and/or the NFL Players Association issues. Maybe today’s football players need 4 strength and conditioning coaches. George Allen’s Redskins and Joe Gibbs’ Redskins did not have the injuries our Redskins had in 2017. Football was more violent back in those days with helmet-to-helmet collisions, clotheslining, etc.

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