When Washington told Jay Gruden he was no longer their head coach at 5 a.m. on Monday morning, Gruden must have felt some semblance of relief.
A Redskins statement on Monday read: "Through the first five games of the 2019 season, the team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility".
"To make a decision like this was hard, but it was necessary", Redskins president Bruce Allen said.
Now, the Redskins are 0-5, and they have some duds to thank.
Gruden, 52, is the younger brother of Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden.
The team announced offensive line coach Bill Callahan will take over as interim coach, according to Redskins Wire.
Callahan has coached for more than two decades in the National Football League, starting as offensive line coach for the 1995 Philadelphia Eagles.
His playoff appearance in 2015 was one of only four postseason bids for Washington since Snyder purchased the team in 1999.
This season, the Redskins began with Case Keenum as starting quarterback.
On Sunday, Gruden started Colt McCoy against New England but the attack continued to sputter.
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has been doing this for a while.