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October 7, 2019
Owner Dan Snyder and President Bruce Allen fired HC Jay Gruden Monday. Gruden is out after an 0-5 start to his sixth season going 35-49-1 overall and is the latest in a long line of Redskins coaches to take the fall for significant organizational shortcomings.
“To make a decision like this is difficult, but it was necessary,” Allen said during a 13-minute news conference. “Our 0-5 start is not just disappointing. We had much different expectations for the beginning of the season. We owe it to our fans, … the organization, the players, the coaches and their families to do everything we can to win.”
None of the six coaches hired since Snyder bought the team has a winning record, including Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs and two-time Super Bowl champion Mike Shanahan.
Offensive line coach Bill Callahan becomes the seventh after he was selected to replace Gruden on an interim basis. Callahan has coached the Raiders in the NFL and Nebraska in college football.
“This is different territory for me,” Callahan said. “It’s bittersweet in a lot of ways. I had to replace a veteran coach in Jay and then to be asked to lead a program now in Week 6, it’s uncharted waters for me.”
“All we can do is try to improve our product,” Allen said. “These games, we weren’t close in. We’ve lost five games, and we didn’t lose them in the last second. We lost these games decisively. And we have to change that.”