The time has come. After an 0-5 start to the season and a -78 point differential from all blowout losses, the Washington Redskins have relieved head coach Jay Gruden of his duties. After the loss on Sunday, Gruden quipped that he would show up for work as long as his key worked, and owner Dan Snyder and general manager Dan Snyder made sure there was no such testing of the waters.
Head coach since 2014, Gruden accrued a 35-49-1 record over the last 5-plus seasons at the helm. Gruden was the seventh head coach under Snyder's ownership, and the seventh to leave town without having a winning record.
An interim coach has not yet been named. It is expected by some the Redskins will turn to offensive line coach Bill Callahan as an interim coach the rest of the season. Callahan has been with the organization since 2015 after spending three years with Dallas as the offensive coordinator. He has prior head coaching experience with the Oakland Raiders, who he led to a Super Bowl appearance, and with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the NCAA.
Another option with head coaching experience would be defensive line coach Jim Tomosula, who led San Francisco in 2015.
Whomever takes over for Washington will have a chance to get the first win of the season relatively quickly. The club travels to Miami to take on the Dolphins in Week 6. Miami seems to be giving their best effort, roster construction wise, to lose as many games as possible.
Update: Callahan has indeed been named the interim head coach.