The Washington Redskins have fired coach Jay Gruden this Monday, after a terrible start of the campaign. The team from the capital posted six straight losses and is arguably the worst team in the league, without a single victory since the season began.
Earlier today, the franchise has issued an official statement, in which they express their willingness to accept the responsibility for the current results.
“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,” the team said in a statement. “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.”
Adam Schefter stated that according to his information, the interim head coach is going to be the assistant head coach and the offensive line coach Bill Callahan.
From @GMFB: The #Redskins have fired coach Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start. His guy Colt McCoy got one start, he never saw LT Trent Williams, TE Jordan Reed was injured, on and on. Yet Washington moves on. pic.twitter.com/STCzrFuMB0
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 7, 2019
Stories about Gruden’s possible departure emerged to the surface already after four games, when it was obvious that the team can’t handle the competition. Losing against the New York Giants was the ultimate disappointment for both the fans and the board, and Gruden managed to stay for two more events. The Redskins had high ambitions for this and the previous season, but Alex Smith’s severe injury disrupted all the plans. Up until the moment he had to end the campaign, the team was 6-3. From that moment on, everything collapsed for the franchise from DC. They couldn’t find a proper replacement for the former No.1 pick, and besides that, several of their other starters picked up injuries. For instance, TE Jordan Reed suffered a concussion during the preseason; Colt McCoy is still troubled by his leg, which he broke last December.
Over the past three years, Gruden’s team had 52 players placed on the injury list. Whether is that because of a bad medical staff, or something else, we don’t know. But the situation with Alex Smit and his surgery complications is suggesting that it might be the case.
LT Trent Williams, one of the best defenders in the league, is on a holdout, and there is also a matter of the quarterback. Case Keenum, who arrived from the Denver Broncos, failed to adjust to the new environment, while rookie Dwayne Haskins still didn’t get the proper chance to show his skills.
Since the Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder took over the organization in 1999, Gruden is the eight coach who left Washington. During that time, the team recorded the fifth-worst winning percentage, .429. Callahan will try to record at least a few wins, and prevent the franchise from a humiliating season.
The last time he coached one NFL team was in 2003 when he led the Raiders. Callahan was fired after a 4-12 season, although he did reach the Super Bowl one year earlier, once Tampa Bay and Jon Gruden smashed Oakland. According to the insiders from the league, he won’t be a long-term solution. Snyder has his favorites he would love to see as the new head coaches of the Redskins. The first one is the Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, then the Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and at last Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
Tomlin, even though the Steelers are in decline, won’t leave Pittsburgh that easy. Meanwhile, Bowles and Bieniemy might be in the combination, but that is all in the long run.
As for Gruden, he had one more year on his contract, during which he would earn $5 million. We’ll see what happens next with one of the best head coaches in the history of Arena Football League, who didn’t make some noticeable mark in the NFL.