After an 0-5 start, the Washington Redskins have decided to fire head coach Jay Gruden. Given the rumors surrounding this eventual move in the weeks leading up to this one, this comes as no surprise. It also continues a trend of the Redskins being unstable. Bill Callahan will be taking over for Gruden on an interim basis.
Jay Gruden Out in Washington
Gruden’s Stint in Washington
Following Sunday’s 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots, the Redskins were sitting at 0-5. This put Gruden with a final career record in Washington of 35-49-1.
Taking out the results this season, and in his first season in Washington, where the team finished 4-12, Washington was consistently hovering around .500 while Gruden was the coach.
This resulted in one trip to the playoffs. The team won the NFC East in 2015 with a 9-7 record. They were, however, beat by the Green Bay Packers in the first game of the postseason.
That 2015 season featured Sean McVay as the team’s offensive coordinator.
Is This the Right Move?
Although Gruden did have four seasons right around .500, which isn’t bad when Daniel Snyder is the owner, this is the right move.
Things had appeared to run their course in Washington, and Gruden didn’t appear to be a fan of rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins was drafted in the first round by the team in this past year’s draft, making it not unreasonable to think that they view him as the future of the franchise at quarterback.
In one sense, it’s not necessarily fair for Gruden to fall on the ax. This roster is terrible, and Daniel Snyder doesn’t do much to help his franchise win. However, this is just part of the business for someone who decides to be an NFL head coach.
Whoever the team decides to go with as their next head coach will more than likely experience the same fate. However, Gruden not being the biggest fan of Haskins is what made this move completely needed.
The team will now need to go out and find an offensive-minded head coach, which Gruden was, but one who will mesh well with Haskins and can use him skill-set the right way, or at least attempt to use it the right way to help him be a successful NFL quarterback.
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