Redskins Coach Jay Gruden Fired After 0-5 Start

Jay Gruden with Redskins in 2018. Photo by Scott Taetsch/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (10020015ao)

After a disastrous 0-5 start to the 2019 season, the Washington Redskins found themselves with no alternatives. They had to fire coach Jay Gruden, and they did so on Monday after Washington´s blowout loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

Gruden leaves Washington after five full seasons at the helm of the team, in which he won one NFC East title in 2015 and only managed to play in one playoff game, a Wild Card weekend loss to the Green Bay Packers in that same season.

The Ohio natives tenure with Washington was defined, quite simply, by mediocrity. Gruden’s teams never broke the nine-win barrier in his term with the Skins, finishing either just over or just under the .500 mark in every season except 2014, when the team went 4-12.

After the disastrous start to this season, Gruden leaves the franchise with a ghastly 35-49-1 mark as head coach.

The Redskins, who are currently one of four winless teams in the league, named former Raiders coach Bill Callahan as interim head coach for the rest of the season. He will look to inject some life into a team that has, frankly, looked uncompetitive so far in the 2019 season.