The Washington Redskins have fired coach Jay Gruden after a dismal begin to the season that has left the franchise as considered one of simply 4 winless groups by way of the primary 5 weeks of the season.
The Redskins misplaced 33-7 at house to the New England Patriots on Sunday, dropping to 0-5 and are actually all-time low of the NFC East.
Asked whether or not he feared for his job after racking up a fifth straight defeat this season, Gruden insisted he would deal with this week as regular.
“No one’s told me anything,” he mentioned in his press convention on Sunday. “I haven’t got a priority. If the important thing works Monday, preserve working, go assault the Miami Dolphins and plan on getting our first win subsequent week.”
The state of affairs, nonetheless, modified quickly and on Monday morning ESPN’s Dan Graziano and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport each reported Gruden had been fired.
The 52-year-old leaves Washington with a 35-49-1 document in over 5 seasons within the capital, throughout which the franchise has reached the playoffs simply as soon as—in 2015, after they misplaced to Green Bay Packers within the wild card spherical.
That yr marked noticed the Redskins win a primary divisional title since 2012 and only a second since 1999 nevertheless it was additionally considered one of solely two campaigns Washington completed above .500 below Gruden.
Injuries have plagued the franchise lately, with beginning quarterback Alex Smith struggling a career-threatening harm final week.
Washington has appointed Bill Callahan as interim coach, however might exchange Gruden on a everlasting foundation?
In 4 seasons in Michigan, Harbaugh has taken the Wolverines to 4 bowl video games however the Big Ten title continues to show frustratingly elusive. Michigan is 4-2 and ranked 16 within the Associated Press’ Top 25 ballot and has already suffered a heavy defeat towards No. 8 Wisconsin earlier this season.
With the playoffs a long-distant mirage, Harbaugh could possibly be on borrowed time in Michigan, notably as he is abrasive persona is efficient solely when his groups are profitable. The 55-year-old has pedigree as NFL head coach and in 4 years with the 49ers he took San Francisco 49ers to 2 NFC Championship video games and to Super Bowl XLVII.
Harbaugh might supply Washington a secure pair of fingers, whereas the Redskins might supply him the right excuse to depart Michigan.
Arguably essentially the most coveted rent amongst faculty soccer coaches, luring Riley away from Oklahoma isn’t any simple activity.
“I love college football,” Riley mentioned in October final yr.
“I certainly don’t have that itch [of coaching in the NFL] right now. Don’t know that I ever will.”
The course of could possibly be additional sophisticated by the very fact Washington has a notoriously troublesome proprietor and a roster sorely missing expertise.
Conversely, the prospect of teaching Dwayne Haskins might show tempting for Riley, who has an impressive observe document in relation to creating quarterbacks.
During his spell with the Sooners, the 36-year-old was pivotal in moulding Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray into Heisman Trophy winners and first total draft picks in consecutive yr and is working wonders with Jalen Hurts this season.
Haskins, a Heisman Trophy finalist final season and the 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year, was chosen with the 15th total choose by the Redskins however has proven few promising indicators to date.
McDaniels’ identify comes up at any time when there is a head coach emptiness within the NFL, and for good causes, too.
With McDaniels as offensive coordinator, the New England Patriots have gained three Super Bowls and reached an additional pair.
New England’s offense has been ranked within the top-10 since McDaniels returned to Foxborough in 2012 and he would nearly definitely enhance Washington’s stuttering offense.
However, agreeing to be the Colts head coach final season solely to depart them on the altar might elevate some questions amongst Redskins’ executives.
Kansas City’s offensive coordinator was the bookmakers’ fourth-favorite to switch Mike McCarthy when the Green Bay Packers parted methods with their former head coach in December, however remained with the Chiefs.
It’s simple to see why Bieniemy options on any listing of potential coach hires as he is has had a big impact on the Chiefs’ offense in simply over a season with the franchise.
Andy Reid’s penchant for taking part in a high-octane model of soccer and Patrick Mahomes’ phenomenal skills clearly are main elements within the Chiefs’ explosive offense, however Bieniemy deserves credit score.
As could be the case with Riley, Bieniemy might get essentially the most out of Haskins, who has performed only one sport to date this season.
Matt Nagy and Doug Pederson each labored below Reid earlier than making their identify as head coaches, might Bieniemy comply with go well with?
Another highly-thought of offensive coordinator, Moore has revitalized the Dallas Cowboys this season—losses to New Orleans and Green Bay however.
Moore labored as quarterbacks coach with the Cowboys final yr, he is younger and has been operating a quick, productive, offense.
In quick, he ticks nearly each field house owners might want from a brand new head coach.
However, whether or not Moore would go away the Dallas stays to be seen, notably as there has already been hypothesis Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones might promote him to switch Jason Garrett.
Alternatively, Jones might enroll Moore to a brand new profitable contract and keep away from the chance of dropping him to a NFC East rival.