Red Dawson

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
4 23-26-5 47.22% 1-2 33.33%

Coaching Tree


Clem Crowe


Career Summary

Red Dawson was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1946 to 1949, finishing his career as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Over his four years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 23-26-5. He was the head coach of the Buffalo Bisons from 1946 until the 1949 season, during which time the Bisons went 23-26-5. During his career he was a head coach for four seasons.

Red Dawson Coaching Tree

One assistant coach from his coaching staffs, Clem Crowe, was eventually hired as a head coach. After coaching on Red Dawson's coaching staff, he was the head coach of the Baltimore Colts for one season where he combined for a regular season record of 1-11-0 and 0-0 in the playoffs.

Personal Information

Dawson was born on Friday, December 4, 1942 in Valdosta, Georgia.


Year Position Record Playoff record
1949 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 5-5-2 0-1
1948 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 7-7-0 1-1
1947 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 8-4-2 0-0
1946 Buffalo Bisons Head Coach 3-10-1 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 4
  • First in total wins for the Buffalo Bills.
  • First in winning percentage for the Buffalo Bills.
  • Most playoff wins in Buffalo Bills history (1)
  • Past teams coached for: Buffalo Bills/Buffalo Bisons
  • Date of Birth: Friday, December 4, 1942 (81 years old), Valdosta, Georgia