This news is hardly unexpected given Washington’s 0-5 start to the 2019 NFL season. Gruden was a dead man walking.
Gruden, who was originally hired back in 2014, finishes his Washington tenure with a 35-49-1 record. He went 0-1 in the playoffs during that span.
Getting rid of Gruden won’t do much to fix Washington’s football team. Everyone knows he wasn’t the real problem down there. The much larger issue is that Dan Snyder is arguably the worst owner in professional sports and his right hand man Bruce Allen is one of the worst executives in the league.
It won’t be surprising to see Gruden have some success wherever he lands. I actually don’t hate the idea of him assisting Doug Pederson as an offensive coordinator but that probably won’t happen. One would think Gruden might join his brother’s coaching staff out in Oakland. Or perhaps Gruden takes some time off and gets another head coaching job after the season.
In any case, Gruden is gone from the NFC East. Washington will have a interim head coach — Bill Callahan — when the Eagles play them again in Week 15.