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Redskins Fire Head Coach Jay Gruden After 0-5 Start

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 06: Head coach Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins looks on against the New England Patriots during the first half at FedExField on October 6, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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It only seemed like a matter of time before the Washington Redskins would make the not-so difficult call with Jay Gruden. The 'Skins have struggled mightily under his direction in recent years.

As of Monday morning, though, he's no longer the man in charge. According to NFL insider Chris Mortensen, Washington has fired Gruden as its head coach. With Gruden now out, offensive line coach Bill Callahan will take over as the interim HC.

Fans had been hoping for the Redskins to make this move and they finally got their wish. Patience had been running thin in our nation's capital due to how poorly Washington (0-5) had been playing.

Sunday appeared to be the final straw, as the Patriots went to D.C. and absolutely demolished the Redskins, 33-7. Washington actually took a 7-0 lead to start things off, but New England, led by Tom Brady, went on to score 33 unanswered points.

Now, Washington GM Bruce Allen will start the search to find his next head coach. As Adam Schefter noted, though, the Redskins once had Kyle Shanahan (49ers), Sean McVay (Rams) and Matt LaFleur (Packers) as assistants, making the Gruden news sting even more.

Gruden was in his sixth season with the Redskins. He finished his time in town with 35 wins, 48 losses and one tie.