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History by the Decades

History by the Decades

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The 2000s

Dec. 17, 2009

Allen Hired: Bruce Allen, the son of former Redskins head coach and Hall of Famer George Allen, is hired as executive vice president/general manager.

Dec. 17, 2008

Baugh Passes Away: Legendary Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh passes away in a hospital in Rotan, Tex. He was 94 years old. Baugh set numerous passing records from 1937-52 and guided the Redskins to two NFL championships, including one in the franchise's inaugural season in Washington, D.C.

Nov. 30, 2008

Taylor Honored: In an emotional ceremony at FedExField, the late Sean Taylor is inducted into the Redskins Ring of Fame. He becomes the 43rd member to be inducted. It was another opportunity for the Redskins and their fans to pay tribute to Taylor on the one-year anniversary of his tragic death.

Ring of Fame

The Ring of Fame includes 49 members of the most hallowed names in Redskins history.

Aug. 2, 2008

Monk, Green Enshrinement: It was a Redskins day in Canton, Ohio. Tens of thousands of Redskins fan traveled to Canton to watch as Art Monk and Darrell Green were formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "This is an awesome, awesome moment in my life," Monk told the crowd at Fawcett Stadium in Canton. Later, wiping away tears, Green said: "What a great day!"

Feb. 10, 2008

Zorn Hired: Jim Zorn, a long-time Seattle Seahawks quarterback and assistant coach, is hired to succeed Joe Gibbs as head coach of the Redskins.

Feb. 2, 2008

Two For the Hall: Redskins greats Art Monk and Darrell Green were selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Monk, who finished his career leading the NFL in career receptions, had to wait eight years to get into the Hall. Green, who played 20 years for the Redskins, had a short wait for immortality; he made it on his first year of eligibility.

Hall of Fame

The Redskins have had 31 former players, coaches and administrators inducted for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame.

Jan. 7, 2008

Gibbs Retirement: Citing a need to spend more time with his family, 67-year-old Joe Gibbs decides to retire a second time as head coach of the Redskins.

Jan. 5, 2008

Wild Loss: The Redskins head west to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Trailing 13-0 early in the fourth quarter, the Redskins rally as Todd Collins throws TD passes to Antwaan Randle El and Santana Moss. But the Seahawks respond with 22 unanswered points, including two interception returns for touchdowns, to win 35-14.


Dec. 30, 2007

Playoff-Clincher: The Redskins had won three straight down the stretch and needed one more win to secure a Wild Card playoff berth. They got it, with a 27-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys before a record-setting FedExField crowd. Clinton Portis rushed for two touchdowns, while the defense yielded just seven first downs and 1 rushing yard in the game. Santana Moss caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Todd Collins in the fourth quarter to start the celebration. For many players, the Redskins' 21-point victory margin called to mind the late Sean Taylor, who wore jersey No. 21.

Dec. 2, 2007

In Taylor's Memory: Sadness swept over FedExField as the Redskins organization and its fans mourned the tragic death of safety Sean Taylor just five days earlier. Fans left flowers, cards and mementos at a makeshift memorial outside the stadium. The team hosted a pre-game tribute to Taylor, including a moving four-minute video on the Jumbotron. The Redskins lost to Buffalo Bills 17-16, but this was a day devoted to the memory of Taylor. A day after the game, the entire Redskins organization traveled to Miami for Taylor's funeral.

Nov. 27, 2007

Taylor Tragedy: Redskins Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor dies one day after he is shot by an intruder in his Miami home. Taylor's death devastates coaches and teammates. Meantime, fans create a memorial outside the Redskins Park facility honoring Taylor's memory.

Nov. 5, 2006

Fantastic Finish: Tied 19-19 against Dallas, Troy Vincent blocked a last second field goal attempt by Dallas that would have given the Cowboys the win. Sean Taylor scooped up the ball and ran 30 yards, weaving his way past tacklers. A Dallas penalty gave second-year kicker Nick Novak--who moments earlier had missed a 49-yard attempt--a chance to win it for the Redskins with no time left on the clock. He did just that, with a 47-yard field goal just inside the uprights, lifting Washington to a 22-19 win.

Jan. 14, 2006

Tough Loss: The Redskins' season comes to an end in Seattle, as the Seahawks win 20-10 in the NFC Divisional Playoff round. Santana Moss caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Mark Brunell to launch a fourth quarter comeback, but the Redskins could get no closer.

Jan. 7, 2006

Wild Card Win: The Redskins traveled to Tampa Bay for a Wild Card playoff game. Washington won 17-10 as the defense dominated. LaVar Arrington intercepted a pass in the first quarter to set up the Redskins' first score, a 6-yard touchdown run by Clinton Portis. Later, Marcus Washington forced a fumble and recovered it, but then fumbled himself, only to have Sean Taylor scoop it up and run 51 yards for a touchdown.

Sean Taylor Redskins Career

Jan. 1, 2006

Playoff Berth: The Redskins closed out the regular season with a five-game winning streak, clinching their first playoff berth since 1999 with a 31-20, come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Sean Taylor returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown to seal the win. The Redskins earned a Wild Card spot as the No. 6 seed in the playoffs.

Jan. 1, 2006

The Record-Breakers: Clinton Portis and Santana Moss set franchise marks in the 2005 season. Portis set a team mark for most rushing yards in a single season with 1,516 yards, breaking Stephen Davis's previous record set in 2001. Moss set a team record for most receiving yards in a single season with 1,483 yards, breaking Bobby Mitchell's previous record set in 1963.

Dec. 18, 2005

Cowboys Crushed: In convincing fashion, the Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 35-7 at FedExField. H-back Chris Cooley caught three first-half touchdowns to build a 28-0 halftime lead.


Sept. 19, 2005

Fantastic Finish: The Redskins ended years of frustration against the Dallas Cowboys with a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys led 13-0 with 3:55 left in the game when Mark Brunell tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss on a fourth-down play. Then, with 2:44 left, Brunell connected with Moss again on a 70-yard TD pass. Rookie Nick Novak, playing in his first NFL game, kicked the game-winning extra point. It was the Redskins' first victory at Texas Stadium since 1995.

March 10, 2005

Wide Receiver Swap: The Redskins traded wide receiver Laveranues Coles to the New York Jets, acquiring fleet-footed wide receiver Santana Moss in return.


Sept. 12, 2004

Milestone 500: In Joe Gibbs' first game back as head coach, the Redskins defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10, notching the 500th regular season win in franchise history. It was also Gibbs' 125th regular season win as Redskins head coach, making him responsible for a full one-quarter of the franchise's 500 wins.

March 3, 2004

Blockbuster Trade: The Redskins completed a trade with Denver, sending Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey and a second-round draft choice to the Broncos for Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis.

Jan. 7, 2004

Gibbs Returns: Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs returns to coach the Redskins after an 11-year hiatus.


Dec. 7, 2003

Smith's Sacks: Defensive end Bruce Smith sacks New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer in the fourth quarter, recording his 199th career sack and breaking Reggie White's all-time NFL mark. (Smith would finish the season with 200 career sacks.)

Sept. 4, 2003

Kickoff '03: Redskins host the NFL season opener at FedExField, defeating the New York Jets 16-13, thanks to a last-minute field goal by ex-Jets kicker John Hall. The week's festivities included a concert on the National Mall prior to kickoff.

July 27, 2003

Back to Ashburn: Redskins return training camp to their year-round facility, Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.

Dec. 29, 2002

Green's Goodbye: Darrell Green concludes his 20th and final season as the Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 20-14 at FedExField. During his 20 seasons, he set a NFL record for consecutive seasons with at least one interception (19) and a Redskins team record for regular season games played (295) and started (258).

Oct. 27, 2002

A Celebration: The 70 Greatest Redskins are honored in a weekend of festivities, culminating in a special halftime ceremony during a nationally televised game against the Indianapolis Colts. Fittingly, the Redskins won 26-21.

Darrell Green (Don Wright Photo)

Aug. 3, 2002

Kickoff Overseas: Steve Spurrier makes his Redskins debut in a 38-7 pre-season victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the 2002 American Bowl in Osaka, Japan.

June 13, 2002

70 Greats: A blue-ribbon panel selects the 70 Greatest Redskins, the leading on-field contributors, in celebration the franchise's 70th anniversary.

Jan. 14, 2002

Ball Coach: Former Heisman Trophy winner and University of Florida coach Steve Spurrier becomes the Redskins' 25th head coach in team history.

Jan. 6, 2002

Davis Does It: Stephen Davis becomes the first Redskin in team history to rush for 1,000-plus yards for three consecutive seasons. He finished the 2001 campaign with 1,432 yards on 356 carries—both franchise single-season records.

Career Stats Leaders

Sept. 13, 2001

Redskins Relief: Washington Redskins announce the establishment of the Redskins Relief Fund for the benefit of families of the victims of the September 11 tragedy at the Pentagon. During the course of the season, the Redskins raised more than $700,000.

July 29, 2001

Carlisle Return: Redskins return to Carlisle, Pa.'s Dickinson College for training camp after a six-year hiatus. The team held training camp at Carlisle from 1963-94.

Jan. 3, 2001

In Charge: Former Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer signs on as the Redskins' 24th head coach in team history.

Dec. 24, 2000

Center Stage: Larry Centers becomes the NFL's all-time leader in catches by a running back with 685 receptions.

Dec. 4, 2000

Turner Out: Norv Turner is dismissed as Redskins head coach after 13 games. Terry Robiskie is named interim coach to finish out the season.

July 20, 2000

Homeward Bound: Redskins open training camp at their year-round training facility for the first time, welcoming fans to Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. From 1994-99, the team held training camp in Frostburg, Md.

Jan. 20, 2000

In the Community: Owner Daniel M. Snyder introduces the Washington Redskins Leadership Council, a foundation to support youth and community-based initiatives throughout the Washington, D.C.-region.

Jan. 15, 2000

One Point: In divisional playoff round, the Redskins lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-13. A fourth-quarter comeback fell short when the snap on a field goal attempt went awry.

Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman sneaks for a 2-point conversion. (AP Photo)

Jan. 8, 2000

Wild Win: In first post-season game ever at FedExField, Redskins dominate Detroit Lions—who were led by former Redskins QB Gus Frerotte—in Wild Card playoff win, 27-13. Stephen Davis leads the way with 119 rushing yards on 15 carries, plus two touchdowns.

Jan. 2, 2000

Records Fall: Running back Stephen Davis rushes for a club-record 1,405 yards and quarterback Brad Johnson completes a club-record 316 passes and throws for more than 4,000 yards.