Redskins fire head coach Jay Gruden after Week 5 loss to Patriots
The Washington Redskins have moved on from Jay Gruden after their embarrassing loss to the New York Giants. Gruden spent six years in charge of the team.
The Jay Gruden era has officially come to an end. The Washington Redskins decided to move on from their head coach after their brutal Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots.
Gruden spent six seasons at the helm for the Redskins, making him the longest-tenured head coach of the Daniel Snyder era. During those six seasons, Gruden got the Redskins to the playoffs once and posted a 35-49-1 record while in charge of the team.
Gruden’s seat was known to be hot coming into the season, and it’s fair to wonder if the team regrets not moving on from him in the offseason. While Gruden had some good qualities, he simply was never able to get the most out of his players. And his in-game issues were massive problems as well.
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When the Redskins played, Gruden wasn’t able to do much positive for the squad. His play-calling was often predictable. His ability to make in-game adjustments, particularly at halftime, left a lot to be desired. And in big games, his team constantly came up short and lacked the effort needed to come out on top.
Simply put, Gruden’s tenure had run its course and the team probably should have moved on from him during the offseason. It was time for a change, and the performance of the ‘Skins through five weeks certainly indicated that.
With Gruden gone, Kevin O’Connell will likely get his chance to operate as the team’s primary offensive play-caller. This will be a good opportunity to evaluate the young offensive coordinator’s potential as a head coach. He may not be the interim head coach — Bill Callahan or Jim Tomsula may end up taking on that role — but it will be a good opportunity to evaluate O’Connell nonetheless.
We’ll soon see how the Redskins look without Gruden, but they weren’t going anywhere with him. And after their loss to the Patriots, it was certainly time to move in another direction.