The Washington Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden early Monday following the team’s 0-5 start.
The Redskins made the announcement via Twitter, saying Gruden had been informed of the decision in an early morning meeting with owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen.
“Through the first five games of the 2019 season, the team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility,” the team said in its release. “Moving forward we are committed to doing all that we can collectively as an organization to turn things around and give our Redskins fans and alumni a team they can be proud of in 2019 and beyond.”
Allen went a step further in a press conference on Monday afternoon, saying the decision to change direction was a necessary one. Washington is 0-5 for the first time since 2001.
“To make a decision like this is difficult but it was necessary. Our 0-5 start is not just disappointing, we had much different expectations for this beginning of the season,” Allen said.
“We owe it to our fans, our millions of fans not just here in the great nation’s capital but across the world, the players, the coaches and their families to do everything we can to win.”
Redskins assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan will be the interim head coach, Allen confirmed.
“Under Bill’s leadership, the programs he’s going to put in, the discipline and execution, we believe we’re giving him the best opportunity to beat the Miami Dolphins (on Sunday), and the rest of the year,” Allen said.
Allen said that Callahan will decide who starts at quarterback, whether it’s Case Keenum, Colt McCoy or rookie Dwayne Haskins. Callahan, however, told reporters in his press conference on Monday that he’s not prepared to start Haskins.