Washington Redskins name Bill Callahan interim head coach

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Head coach Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins looks on before the game against the New England Patriots at FedExField on October 6, 2019 in Landover, Maryland.

On Monday morning, news broke that Jay Gruden had been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Washington Redskins.

The 0-5 team has fired Jay Gruden, becoming the first franchise of the fall to get rid of its coach.

With controversy swirling around the team - there were reports that Gruden didn't want to draft quarterback Dwayne Haskins earlier this year - it made sense for all parties, although you could pin this one on roster construction more than coaching.

Bowles was previously head coach of the New York Jets and is now defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But his teams often had defensive breakdowns. At the time the Redskins were 6-3 and seemed headed to the playoffs. Two weeks ago the Redskins started Case Keenum and then replaced him during the game with rookie Dwayne Haskins. 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.

Gruden has generally shrugged at the things that have gone wrong, and many around the team say his even-tempered personality kept the team from collapsing. Last weekend they started Colt McCoy. "I'll just wait and see", said Gruden, whose contract ran through next season.

And while Gruden had some success drawing up and calling creative plays for Washington's offence, his area of expertise, he never seemed to get a feel for other aspects of the job. Prepping for quarterbacks with different traits and getting his players ready to play a game that they should win. According to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, when owner Dan Snyder makes his list of candidates to fill the vacancy, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is going to be on it. According to National Football League salary cap expert Joel Corry, the team is facing a bill of $31 million over the next two years to pay injured quarterback Alex Smith.

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