|1970 Washington Redskins season|
|Owner||Edward Bennett Williams|
|Head coach||Bill Austin (interim)|
Vince Lombardi (until death)
|Home field||RFK Stadium|
|Division place||4th NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1970 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 39th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 34th in Washington, D.C.. Second-year head coach Vince Lombardi was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late June and died on September 3; offensive line coach Bill Austin stepped in as interim head coach in mid-July.
Austin had been an NFL head coach for three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1966–68) and was starting his eighth year as an assistant coach under Lombardi (1959–64, 1969–70). Also, Austin's final four seasons as a player on the offensive line with the New York Giants (1954–57) were with Lombardi as offensive coordinator.
The Redskins finished at 6–8 in 1970, fourth in the NFC East, but with a five-game losing streak in the second half of the season. The last loss was a 34–0 shutout at rival Dallas on December 6, and Washington fell to a 4–8 record and four games behind the Cowboys.
It was the 25th consecutive season that the Redskins did not advance to the playoffs. Austin's contract was not renewed, and he was succeeded by George Allen in January 1971. Austin returned to Redskins in 1973 as the offensive line coach under Allen for five seasons.
|2||43||Bill Brundige||Defensive tackle||Colorado|
|5||114||Manny Sistrunk||Defensive tackle||Arkansas AM&N|
|5||121||Danny Pierce||Running back||Memphis State|
|7||173||Roland Merritt||Wide receiver||Maryland|
|7||178||Jimmy Harris||Cornerback||Howard Payne|
|8||199||Paul Johnson||Defensive back||Penn State|
|11||277||Mack Alston||Tight end||Maryland State|
|12||303||James Kates||Linebacker||Penn State|
|14||355||Tony Moro||Running back||Dayton|
|15||381||Vic Lewandowski||Center||Holy Cross|
|16||407||Steve Bushore||Wide receiver||Emporia State|
|17||433||Earl Maxfield||Defensive tackle||Baylor|
|1||September 20||at San Francisco 49ers||L 17–26||0–1||Kezar Stadium||34,984||Recap|
|2||September 27||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 17–27||0–2||Busch Memorial Stadium||44,246||Recap|
|3||October 4||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 33–21||1–2||Franklin Field||60,658||Recap|
|4||October 11||Detroit Lions||W 31–10||2–2||RFK Stadium||50,414||Recap|
|5||October 19||at Oakland Raiders||L 20–34||2-3||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum||54,471||Recap|
|6||October 25||Cincinnati Bengals||W 20–0||3–3||RFK Stadium||50,414||Recap|
|7||November 1||at Denver Broncos||W 19–3||4–3||Mile High Stadium||50,705||Recap|
|8||November 8||Minnesota Vikings||L 10–19||4–4||RFK Stadium||50,415||Recap|
|9||November 15||at New York Giants||L 33–35||4–5||Yankee Stadium||62,915||Recap|
|10||November 22||Dallas Cowboys||L 21–45||4–6||RFK Stadium||50,415||Recap|
|11||November 29||New York Giants||L 24–27||4–7||RFK Stadium||50,415||Recap|
|12||December 6||at Dallas Cowboys||L 0–34||4–8||Cotton Bowl||57,936||Recap|
|13||December 13||Philadelphia Eagles||W 24–6||5–8||RFK Stadium||50,415||Recap|
|14||December 20||St. Louis Cardinals||W 28–27||6–8||RFK Stadium||50,415||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
|New York Giants||9||5||0||.643||6–2||6–5||301||270||L1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||8||5||1||.615||5–3||6–5||325||228||L3|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
Awards, records, and honors
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- "Lombardi dies of cancer". Milwaukee Journal. wire services. September 3, 1970. p. 1, part 1.
- "State to mourn Lombardi in rites". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 4, 1970. p. 1, part 1.
- "'Skins tab Bill Austin". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. July 17, 1970. p. 11.
- "Cowboys rip Skins, 34-0". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. December 7, 1970. p. 3, part 2.
- "Allen replaces Bill Austin; Cardinals dismiss Winner". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. W-P. January 7, 1971. p. 13.
- Lowitt, Bruce (January 7, 1971). "George Allen replaces Bill Austin as Redskin coach". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. p. 25.
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