The Washington Redskins have fired head coach Jay Gruden, the team announced in a statement.
"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," the team said in a statement. "Moving forward we are committed to doing all that we can collectively as an organization to turn things around and give our Redskins fans and alumni a team they can be proud of in 2019 and beyond."
The Redskins have made assistant offensive line coach Bill Callahan the interim head coach, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Gruden, who was hired by Washington in Jan. 2014, accumulated a 35-49-1 record in parts of six seasons with the franchise. The Redskins made one playoff appearance during that time, a 35-18 home loss to the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 Wild Card round. A game in which the Redskins had an 11-0 lead.
He was the eighth head coach since Snyder bought the team in 1999 and the first to receive an extension from him. Gruden was the second coach Snyder has fired in-season after Norv Turner.
"Once Jay's interview was about three-quarters through, we knew he was the right guy. It was a unanimous decision," Allen said in 2014.
"(Snyder) doesn't understand that culture and player development win. I mean he just has no idea that culture matters," he said in September. "Snyder is never gonna grasp it. He thinks 'If I hire Steve Spurrier,' 'If I bring Joe Gibbs back' or 'If I do this or do that... But what he needs to do is stop having the front office control everything."
Lombardi went on to say he feels bad for Gruden.
"I feel bad for Jay Gruden. Jay Gruden's trying to get fired," Lombardi said. "The day they come and tell Jay Gruden he can't coach the team anymore he may be running around the parking lot like George Costanza. He can't wait. At least Jay understands it's incompetence. You can... hear it in his voice, he knows that it's not gonna work. He's really content with it, I think."
"The real issue is (Allen) is running the program. A GM can't control the team," Lombardi added. "The head coach has to be the most important person in the organization. And he's gotta be able to control what he tells the players. And so what Bruce does, I mean, look at his record. There's been no general manager that's been in his job as long as Bruce has, that has that below a .500 winning percentage."