Reports: Bill Callahan is the interim head coach in Washington

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Jay Gruden’s key doesn’t work anymore and we now know who will take over as the interim head coach in Washington.

According to multiple reports, assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan will take the reins in the wake of Gruden’s dismissal on Monday morning.

Callahan was the successor to Jon Gruden as the Raiders head coach in 2002 and 2003. He took the team to the Super Bowl after his first season on the job, but lost to the elder Gruden’s Buccaneers. Oakland went 4-12 in 2003, however, and Callahan was sent packing after his second season.

He followed that up with a four-year run as the University of Nebraska’s head coach. He joined Washington in 2015 as the offensive line coach and added the assistant head coach title in 2017.

64 responses to “Reports: Bill Callahan is the interim head coach in Washington

  1. How stupid (of course). Rather than seeing what you have in a young guy (O’Connoll), you go with the guy who is over the hill and has no chance of moving this team forward. Aces, Dan!!

  2. The coach doesn’t matter for this team. They are constantly using draft picks to replace players and never to build depth. Next year we need another QB, LT, TE and CB. We could still have Cousins and all the picks we wasted on Smith and Haskins, preston smith or trent murphy instead of using a 1st on Sweat. Kendall Fuller instead of Norman etc…

  3. In other news, the deck chairs on the Titanic were moved today just before the mighty vessel plunged …

  4. Their O Line is terrible, and so of course they promote the O Line coach! Bill’s a good coach though; you really can’t blame anyone on that staff when you have Bruce + Dan calling the shots. Haskins is going to get pummeled, possibly hurt, and he’s going to be forever psychologically damaged from being under fire literally every snap. HTTR indeed hahah

  5. Hope all the Washington players are ready to get thrown under the bus. That’s what this guy specializes in.

  6. Redskins may be looking to bring Ryan Day back to the NFL. While he has experience with Haskins, he has limited HC experience obviously. Plus, he likely won’t leave a great job at Ohio State. Maybe Jim Harbaugh is ready for an NFL return. No matter what the Redskins do, they need to nail this HC hire to right the ship quickly. Otherwise young guys like Haskins will go to waste.

  7. As long as #firebruceallen is in charge of football ops, it won’t matter what poor schlub they throw out there as HC.

  8. Some people just don’t understand the business model. Make a splash with your draft pick, sell the new season’s potential to the fans, rinse and repeat. The guy who has perfected this, with a few embellishments, is Jerry Jones. Sells hope and hype every year but never does deliver the goods. Keeps working though, doesn’t it?

  9. Unlike captains of old, when this Redskins ship finally sinks Snyder will be on the first lifeboat out.
    Bruce Allen is a stain on the shield, if Goodell cared about the image of the NFL he would force him out.
    Nine coaches in twenty years, in the words of Steve Spurrier, Not very good.

  10. Should of made Alex Smith the internim coach to get him to retire to get him off the books and paid him his remaining contract money in a lump some this year to make things right.

  11. I’m a Patriots fan and I feel sorry for my in-laws who live and die with the Redskins. We went through this dysfunction for years in Patriots nation (The Patsies were the most laughable franchise in the NFL) and Bob Kraft several years into his ownership , learned to take a hands off approach after firing his version of Bruce Allen in Bobby Grier. He then hired Bill Belichick and the rest is history.

    Good fortune will return to the Redskins-but they have to do the right thing and replace Bruce Allen with someone who knows how to build a winning organization.

  12. Poor Jay. Now he gets to collect the rest of his contract with the Redskins, not put up with the lying and dysfunction that is this franchise anymore and then take a cushy job with his brother with the Raiders! I wish I had this kind of bad luck!

  13. “Bruce Allen is a stain on the shield, if Goodell cared about the image of the NFL he would force him out.”

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    Interesting idea, Goodell forcing an owner out. Suppose you tell us just how he might accomplish that, seeing as how he works for and at the pleasure of, the owners.

  14. Callahan is another Bruce Allen connection going back to the Oakland days with Jay’s brother. So, it’s more of the same and inexplicably not firing Allen; who has presided over this fiasco for a decade!

  15. To answer the question as to why Gruden was hired, Snyder needs a coach who is easy going, has a low self esteem, who he can bully around to implement his idiotic ideas and then get up at the press conference and say its all his fault they lost. I am sure Gruden is happy to leave, and he got paid a lot of money to be Snyder’s puppet. The funny thing is, that one playoff year they had a decent team, they needed to sure up the defense, but over the next few years they let anyone that had a chance to start somewhere else leave, except Ryan and Trent. You cant lose that many quality starters and expect to get better or even stay the same. Gruden is a decent OC, and ok’ish enough to steer a ship on a talented team, but he was fighting with a short stick the last couple seasons, they didnt have the roster to compete for anything but a high draft pick.

  16. “Where do we send our condolences to Callahan?”

    No need, he’s going to get a huge stack of money to make up for the humiliation and failure he’ll suffer through the rest of the season before they fire him at the end of the year.

  17. Gruden’s long national nightmare comes to an end.

    Callahan’s long national nightmare begins.

    Tell me I’m wrong.

  18. People exasperated with Snyder retaining Allen need to realize the Redskins winning games per se is not what the objective is.
    Wake up, people, most owners of pro sports teams are not all that concerned with the team winning, beyond what’s necessary to keep it afloat. In other words, they aren’t sports fans in the conventional sense. Winning is ok, but the real game is money.

  19. robertgriffintheturd says:
    October 7, 2019 at 7:22 am
    The coach doesn’t matter for this team. They are constantly using draft picks to replace players and never to build depth. Next year we need another QB, LT, TE and CB. We could still have Cousins and all the picks we wasted on Smith and Haskins, preston smith or trent murphy instead of using a 1st on Sweat. Kendall Fuller instead of Norman etc…
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    Wait…the pick you ‘wasted’ on Haskins? Seriously?

    I am the furthest thing from a skins fan, but this is ridiculously premature. He’s a bust already because he performed poorly in a game he was thrust in to unprepared by the coach who didn’t even want him?

    And given how Cousins has played since hitting his big payday…I wouldn’t think you’d be so eager to have him back at his current cost.

  20. Crazy but true: Gruden lasted longer than any other coach Snyder has had. Until they get rid of Bruce Allen that team has zero hope.

  21. “No need, he’s going to get a huge stack of money to make up for the humiliation and failure he’ll suffer through the rest of the season before they fire him at the end of the year.”
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    If only. It’s classic Dan Snyder: Callahan will get paid what he was making as an assistant and not a penny more and will consider himself lucky if Snyder and Allen don’t run a smear campaign against him to keep from having to pay him at all.

  22. I feel sorry for Gruden. He wasn’t the whole problem or even most of the problem. Just the opposite, he was probably solving and masking more problems than he was causing.

    Don’t laugh, but Gruden is arguably the best coach of the Snyder era. Those four seasons between 7 and 9 wins is the best four season stretch of any coach since Snyder bought the team.

    It’s about as good as you can do under this management. More and more fans are coming to grips with that, which is why FedUp field only ever has about 30% of the seats filled by Redskins fans.

  23. “Bruce Allen is a stain on the shield, if Goodell cared about the image of the NFL he would force him out.”

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    Bob. Just Bob. says:
    October 7, 2019 at 9:30 am
    Interesting idea, Goodell forcing an owner out. Suppose you tell us just how he might accomplish that, seeing as how he works for and at the pleasure of, the owners.

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    Probably because OP is suggesting Allen be forced out and Bruce Allen is not, you know, the actual owner. And the other owners have significant ability to “persuade” an owner when they want to. They cannot be happy with how their product (NFL football) is diminished in DC because it affects them too, including in the pocketbook through shared revenue streams.

    Little Danny will find another temporary permanent coach, but it won’t be anyone who has other alternatives available.

  24. Note to Mr. Gruden:

    “Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.”

    ——— John Donne – 1572-1631.

  25. You should never be fired after losing to the patriots ,that being said I hope Shurmer is after Thursday Night !

  26. He can always dust off his “We’ve got to be the dumbest team in America” quote. It worked for the Raiders and will for the Redskins as well.

  27. “Bruce Allen is a stain on the shield, if Goodell cared about the image of the NFL he would force him out.”

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    Interesting idea, Goodell forcing an owner out. Suppose you tell us just how he might accomplish that, seeing as how he works for and at the pleasure of, the owners.”
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    Allen is not the owner.

  28. hailtothenamechange says:
    October 7, 2019 at 10:39 am
    I feel sorry for Gruden. He wasn’t the whole problem or even most of the problem. Just the opposite, he was probably solving and masking more problems than he was causing.

    Don’t laugh, but Gruden is arguably the best coach of the Snyder era. Those four seasons between 7 and 9 wins is the best four season stretch of any coach since Snyder bought the team.
    ——————————————————————————————

    Gibbs had a 10 and 9 win season and got them to the playoffs two years of his 4 year tenure there.

  29. I grew up a rabid 49er fan. When Eddie DeBartolo was forced out as owner, his sister and brother-in-law more or less destroyed the franchise. I slowly stopped caring how the 49ers did. The last I paid attention, Jeff Garcia was still throwing to Terrell Owens.

    I lived in Tampa in the 90s, which is when I started to change allegiances. The Glazers aren’t perfect, but they really do get out of the way and let the football people run the franchise. They just struggle a bit on picking which football people to hire.

    I honestly don’t know how you stay a fan of a poorly run franchise. Why put yourself through that?

  30. hailtothenamechange says:
    October 7, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Don’t laugh, but Gruden is arguably the best coach of the Snyder era. Those four seasons between 7 and 9 wins is the best four season stretch of any coach since Snyder bought the team.
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    And that still sucks. 5 seasons and barely made the playoffs 1 time. Also Gruden coached longer than anyone in the Snyder era so has that advantage however Norv Turner was the only coach with a winning record. Still…WINS matter the most, especially playoffs. Zero playoffs in 5 years is bad. Gibbs and Turner both won playoff games at least. Both led the
    franchise to double digit wins too…something Gruden never managed to do. Gruden’s tenure
    with the Redskins is comparable to Fisher’s with the Rams.

    Jay Gruden: 35-49-1, 0-1 in playoffs (5 seasons + 5 games)
    Joe Gibbs: 30-34, 1-2 in playoffs (4 seasons)
    Mike Shanahan: 24-40, 0-1 in playoffs (4 seasons)
    Norv Turner: 17-12, 1-1 in playoffs (1 season + 13 games)
    Jim Zorn: 12-20 (2 seasons)
    Steve Spurrier: 12-20 (2 seasons)
    Marty Schottenheimer: 8-8 (1 season)
    Terry Robiskie: 1-2 (3 games)

    Jay Gruden
    4-12
    9-7, 0-1 playoffs (lost Wild Card)
    8-7-1
    7-9
    7-9
    0-5

    Mike Shanahan
    6-10
    5-11
    10-6
    3-13

    Jim Zorn
    8-8
    4-12

    Joe Gibbs
    6-10
    10-6, 1-1 in playoffs (lost Divisional Rd)
    5-11
    9-7, 0-1 in playoffs (lost Wild Card)

    Steve Spurrier
    7-9
    5-11

    Marty Schottenheimer
    8-8

    Terry Robiskie
    1-2

    Norv Turner
    10-6, 1-1 in playoffs (lost Divisional Rd)
    7-6

  31. Something for Redskins fans to consider…you once had these coaches on your team…

    Sean McVay (2010-2016):
    Currently: 3-2 (defending NFC Champions)

    Kyle Shanahan (2010-2013):
    Currently: 3-0

    Matt LaFleur (2010-2013):
    Currently: 4-1

  32. As I read through the posts, it does seem correct that as one poster said, Synder only cares about the money and could careless about fielding a winning team.

  33. The second time Callahan has taken over for a Gruden. Skin fans, doubtful you will get to the Super Bowl this time, but it maybe far worse when Snyder cans Callahan. It took the Raiders 12 years to get a winning season after Robbins went awol in Tijuana.

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