Redskins Fire Jay Gruden After 0-5 Start, Bill Callahan to Be Interim HC

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2019

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 29:  Head coach Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins reacts in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Washington fired head coach Jay Gruden on Monday following a 0-5 start to the 2019 season. "Gruden was informed of the decision early Monday morning by Owner Daniel Snyder and President Bruce Allen," the team announced.

The club added:

"Through the first five games of the 2019 season, the team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility. Moving forward we are committed to doing all that we can collectively as an organization to turn things around and give our Redskins fans and alumni a team they can be proud of in 2019 and beyond."

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport first reported that Bill Callahan, who has been serving as the offensive line coach and an assistant head coach, will take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis. Callahan previously served as the Oakland Raiders' head coach in 2002 and 2003.

The 52-year-old Gruden was signed through the 2020 season.

Gruden compiled a 35-49-1 record during his six-year run in the nation's capital, where he made the playoffs once, going 0-1.

After having served as a head coach in both the Arena Football League and the United Football League, Gruden did not have the opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL until Washington hired him following a successful three-year run as the offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Gruden went 4-12 in his first year on the job, but he would soon find consistency. He led his team to a 9-7 record in year two, earning a wild-card berth. Washington lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild Card Round.

From 2015 to 2018, Washington hovered around .500. Following a nine-win performance in 2015, the team went 8-7-1 in 2016 and then registered back-to-back 7-9 campaigns.

Despite Gruden's reputation as an offensive guru, Washington ranks 30th at 14.6 points per game this season.

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