Washington Redskins: Bill Callahan Tasked With Turning Season Around

On Monday, the Washington Redskins fired Head Coach Jay Gruden after 6 years with the team. He was the longest-tenured head coach since Daniel Snyder bought the team. Gruden was 35-50-1 as a head coach. Bill Callahan was named the interim HC. Now that the Redskins have fired Gruden, what is next for the team? Here is a look.

Bill Callahan

After GM Bruce Allen fired Jay Gruden, he announced that Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan would take over as the interim head man for the remainder of the 2019 NFL Season. This was the expected man to take over the position. He has prior head coaching experience with the Oakland Raiders. During his 2 year tenure with the Raiders, he guided the team to a Super Bowl. His record as a professional head coach is 15-17.


Callahan also was the head man for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2004-2007. He finished with a winning record at Nebraska. Callahan was 28-23 as a college head coach. That includes being 1-1 in bowl games.

Bill Callahan should bring some discipline back to the Washington Redskins. An area the team had been lacking over the past couple of seasons. The Redskins were penalized often. This was a major part of their problem as a football team under Jay Gruden.

Callahan will also be tasked with developing Washington Redskins rookie QB Dwayne Haskins. There are several reports that Haskins is not ready for the NFL. These reports say the young QB still has trouble calling plays in the huddle and reading defenses. Thus it will be up to Callahan and OC Kevin O’Connell to prepare the young man. In fact, Callahan stated in his press conference that Haskins will not start this week against the Miami Dolphins. That will either be Case Keenum or Colt McCoy.

Play Calling

The young Kevin O’Connell will take over the play-calling duties. He is often compared to being the next Sean McVay on the staff of the Washington Redskins. If that be the case, then Daniel Synder and Bruce Allen but give him a hard look over the next 11 games. They must also give him serious consideration as the next head coach of the Washington Redskins. After all, they already let McVay get away. Look what he has done with Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. Nothing short of amazing.


On the defensive side of the ball, there will not be any changes Greg Manusky is still the defensive coordinator. Indeed, on Sunday, this defense was a defense that was capable of playing with the best teams in the league. They held Tom Brady and company to only 12 first-half points. They have done this before and then do not adjust in the second half. Manusky will need to tighten up on his adjustments in order to help Bill Callahan turn this season around.

The Washington Redskins are 0-5 with a very winnable game on the horizon. Now was probably as good of a time as any to make a coaching change. Now it is up to Bill Callahan to climb that mountain. Just how far up can he get? He has 11 games to find out.

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