2016 Redskins Special Teams, From George Allen to Jay Gruden

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In the early 70’s, the late great Washington Redskins head coach George Allen was the NFL coach who more or less invented the concept of “Special Teams”. Allen was the very 1st to select a coach to specifically deal with kickoffs, punt-returns, extra points, field-goals, punters, kickers, head-hunters, wedge busters, blocking punts and field-goals, and everything other than the offense and defense.

A new era in football was born when Allen realized the true value of kicks and punts:

Any team can easily win any game, or lose any game by only one carefully crafted play, either by positive or negative results.

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Washington Redskins Trivia, 1971

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Vince Lombardi died on September 3, 1970… a football legend was over and an era had passed. George Allen took over the Redskins in 1971, following 17 years of failure with only one winning season. Continue reading