The Washington Redskins announced that head coach Jay Gruden has been fired after an 0-5 start to the 2019 season.
According to the Washington Post, Gruden was summoned by owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen to the team’s facility in Ashburn at 5 a.m. Monday morning and was informed of the decision.
The move comes just hours after a dismal 33-7 loss to the Patriots at home left the team with the worst start since 2001. Gruden had previously addressed the concerns about losing his job with reporters following Sunday's defeat.
"Nobody's told me anything," Gruden said during his news conference, per ESPN. "I don't have a concern; I'll just wait and see. If my key works on Monday, keep working, go attack the Miami Dolphins and plan on getting our first win next week."
Gruden was hired by the Redskins in 2014 after a successful stint as the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator. While he led the team to a division title in his second season at the helm, the Redskins failed to return to the postseason since their one-and-done visit in 2015. Gruden compiled a 35-49-1 record during his time in Washington and only had two winning seasons.
Washington is coming off of consecutive 7-9 campaigns and is on track to record its third straight losing season. Sunday's rout was the team's fourth straight loss by double digits.
Gruden had two years added to his five-year, $20 million deal in 2017, two years before his original contract expired. He was only four games into that extension when he was fired.
The Redskins will move forward with assistant head coach / OL coach Bill Callahan their interim coach, per SI's Albert Breer.
Washington will take on the Dolphins on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. ET.