Redskins fire Jay Gruden as coach after 0-5 start

Ross Houston
October 10, 2019

"To make a decision like this was hard, but it was necessary", Redskins president Bruce Allen said. "We had much different expectations for the beginning of the season". During team president Bruce Allen's press conference Monday, Allen talked about new head coach Bill Callahan installing discipline and execution into the team.

Gruden was sacked at a 5 a.m. meeting with owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen, sources say.

In six seasons with Washington, Gruden compiled a 35-49 record.


Callahan has coached for more than two decades in the National Football League, starting as offensive line coach for the 1995 Philadelphia Eagles. After starting the year 0-5, fans have become fed up with the team and began calling for the dismissal of head coach Jay Gruden.

The Redskins fired Gruden on Monday.

The former head coach signed a two-year contract extension back in 2017, but has been relieved of his duties after a poor start to the 2019 season.


As a whole, Washington put up 220 yards of offense and converted one third down attempt on 11 tries.

On Sunday, Gruden started Colt McCoy against New England but the attack continued to sputter.

Gruden entered the season on the hot seat and after the loss, it became clear he was out of chances to prove he could manage the team.


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