|Head coach Joe Gibbs|
Playoff finish did not qualify
|Home field RFK Stadium|
Division place 3rd NFC East
The 1988 Washington Redskins began with the team trying to improve on their 11–4 record from 1987, when they won Super Bowl XXII. The Redskins failed to qualify for the playoffs. They were the seventh team in NFL history to enter a season as the defending Super Bowl champion and miss the playoffs.
1988 Team Starters
Offense17 Doug Williams QB 32 Craig McEwan RB 36 Timmy Smith FB 81 Art Monk WR 84 Gary Clark WR 85 Don Warren TE 66 Joe Jacoby LT 63 Raleigh McKenzie LG 53 Jeff Bostic C 73 Mark May RG 79 Jim Lachey RT
Defense71 Charles Mann LDE 65 Dave Butz LDT 77 Darryl Grant RDT 72 Dexter Manley RDT 51 Monte Coleman LB 52 Neal Olkewicz LB 58 Wilber Marshall LB 45 Barry Wilburn LCB 28 Darrell Green RCB 40 Alvin Walton SS 23 Todd Bowles FS 8 Chip Lohmiller K 15 Greg Coleman P 80 Derrick Shepherd PR 22 Jamie Morris KR