Jay Gruden fired by Redskins
There has been speculation all season that Jay Gruden would be the first NFL head coach to lose his job, and the Washington Redskins have finally decided to move on from him.
Washington fired Gruden on Monday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano first reported.
Source: Washington has fired head coach Jay Gruden.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) October 7, 2019
The Redskins are 0-5 after their blowout loss at home to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Gruden chose to start Colt McCoy at quarterback in that game, and the decision did not work out. McCoy completed just 18-of-27 passes for 119 yards and an interception.
With the Redskins clearly not in playoff contention, it would make sense to give rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins as many reps as possible. Gruden was hesitant to go with the first-round pick, however, which may have been a desperate attempt to save his job.
Gruden seemed to know his job was in jeopardy with the comment he made after Sunday’s game, so he is likely not surprised. He finishes his tenure in Washington with an overall record of 35-48-1 in five-plus seasons. The team lost its lone playoff game under Gruden.