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With one Hall of Fame exception, Redskins' first-time head coaches lack success

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How much does NFL head coaching experience matter? For the Washington Redskins, history has shown that their track record with first-time NFL head coaches have not been good, except for one legendary exception.

46-year-old Jay Gruden takes over as Redskins head coach after spending the last three seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator. He has had prior head coaching experience in the AFL and UFL, but this will be Gruden’s first NFL head coaching job.

In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), the Redskins have had seven head coaches without any prior NFL head coaching experience: Otto Graham, Joe Gibbs, Ritchie Petitbon, Norv Turner, Terry Robiskie, Steve Spurrier, and Jim Zorn.

The lone obvious name that had great success from this group is Hall-of-Famer Joe Gibbs. In his 16 seasons on the Redskins' sidelines, he led the team to three Super Bowl titles and 10 playoff appearances. He won 154 games with a .621 winning percentage.

As for the rest of the first-timers? In their 15 seasons combined, this group led the Redskins to one playoff appearance, three winning seasons, 95 wins, and a .413 winning percentage.

So what do think about the hiring of Jay Gruden? Does prior NFL head coaching experience matter to you? Let us know what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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