Redskins fire Head coach Jay Gruden
The Redskins are 0-5 and they finally fired their head coach, Jay Gruden. I’m Surprised that game 4 wasn’t his last. Gruden’s 35-49-1 record in a little more than five seasons and the team’s inability to make the playoffs more than one time cost him his job. I give Washington credit for firing him after giving him plenty of chances. Is a new Coach the only thing this team needs? The new coach will help but what about the injuries and the offensive line? Firing Gruden will hopefully be the start to rebuilding this team.
0-5 after Sunday’s game
The Redskins head coach was called to the team’s facility at 5am on October 7th. Where Gruden met with owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen, who informed him of their decision. This all happened right after the devastating 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Jay’s fate was sealed by the 0-5 start to the 2019 season. Gruden had been the longest-tenured Redskins head coach in the two decades that Daniel Snyder has owned the franchise.
After Washington fired their coach, Bill Callahan is set to take over until the team finds a replacement for him. Bill was previously the Redskins offensive line and assistant head coach. Daniel Snyder the team’s owner has been described as increasingly frustrated over Gruden’s inability to get back to the playoffs after winning the NFC East in 2015.
What the fans need this team to do
For those Redskins fans out there, will firing the head coach be enough? The Skins can’t catch a break with the injures one after another and another. Former head coach Jay Gruden admitted he has 13 players questionable and potentially destined to fill only seven inactive slots. They completely depleted the offensive line with injures with 4 of the 5 starters out. Injuries aren’t all they lack. Running is a team weakness. A lack of commitment to the run is as much behind Washington’s struggles on the ground as injuries along the O-line and inconsistency among the team’s ball-carriers. In fact, Gruden’s apparent unwillingness to commit to the run might be the root cause of this season falling apart.
Poor coaching is only the beginning of the Redskins problems. Firing Gruden helps the team but they need to step it up. They need competitiveness to fill in those injured spots and strengthen that running game. With a new coach taking over, it’ll be interesting to see what the Washington Redskins can do.