Today’s sports quiz offers an easy question.
What is the best way for a team that has been abysmal for the better part of 20 years, has no good players and no promising prospects to return to relevance?
Fire the coach.
We told you it was an easy one.
The latest victim on the coaches’ guillotine is Jay Gruden, the now former coach of the Washington Redskins of the NFL.
Gruden was given a chance.
He lasted five full seasons and through the first five games of the 2019 – 2020 NFL Championship as the head coach. During his tenure, the Redskins won 35 games, lost 49 and tied one.
Other NFL coaches have done better but been shown the door all the same.
No one was expecting Washington to beat New England and it is doubtful that a close outcome would have spared Gruden, but the NFL is a results-oriented business and the Redskins were zero for the year.
Bill Callahan, the assistant head coach and offensive line coach will serve as the caretaker and might have the job for the rest of the season.
A Redskins’ team statement read in part, “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.”
True, but some share more of the responsibility than others do.
An anonymous source with close connections to Washington owner Daniel Snyder told an ESPN reporter that the top candidates for Gruden’s replacement would be Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite Pittsburgh being a mere shadow of its former self, history would indicate that Tomlin will be retained.
Bowles would seem the top candidate of the three mentioned. Bieniemy is accumulating the resume, but he occupies the same sort of positon as New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Both Bieniemy and McDaniels oversee a talented group and marquee quarterbacks.
Put either one in charge of Washington and it is highly doubtful that the Redskins would meet any expectations other than showing up for the games.