Bill Callahan to be Redskins interim head coach

Jay Gruden out as Washington Redskins head coach

Report: Washington Redskins fire coach Jay Gruden after 0-5 start | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Callahan now serves as the team's offensive line coach, a role he has held since 2015. "So now it's really going to come down to whether [owner] Dan Snyder and [general manager] Bruce Allen want to roll the rookie out and just see what they have, and perhaps evaluate and make a decision whether or not he's the future". It was Washington's seventh consecutive loss dating back to last season.

Gruden signed a two-year contract extension in March of 2017, putting him under contract through the 2020 season. Linebacker Reuben Foster, expected to be a key part of this year's defense, was injured on the first play of offseason practices and was lost for the year. While there are exceptions, an interim choice rarely works out for the long-term, in part because the players know the coach is just for the short-term and no one can hold them truly accountable. The Redskins have been a total disaster this season and are cycling through quarterbacks.

The team is, after all, in shambles and has been for some time now.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Callahan's new role wasn't immediately announced.

Those questions about his job status reached a crescendo with the bad start to this season, which has been a mess on and off the field for a franchise that won three Super Bowls under previous owner Jack Kent Cooke but has been in disarray throughout Snyder's stewardship, including the last 10 years with right-hand man Allen running things as general manager and now president.

Gruden is Snyder's eighth coach in 20 seasons and the seventh to be fired.

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