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Oct 6, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (L) shakes hands with Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden (R) after their game at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden early Monday following the team's 0-5 start.

The Redskins made the announcement via Twitter, saying Gruden had been informed of the decision in an early morning meeting with owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen.

"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 its release. "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."

Allen went a step further in a press conference on Monday afternoon, saying the decision to change direction was a necessary one. Washington is 0-5 for the first time since 2001.

"To make a decision like this is difficult but it was necessary. Our 0-5 start is not just disappointing, we had much different expectations for this beginning of the season," Allen said.

"We owe it to our fans, our millions of fans not just here in the great nation's capital but across the world, the players, the coaches and their families to do everything we can to win."

Redskins assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan will be the interim head coach, Allen confirmed.

"Under Bill's leadership, the programs he's going to put in, the discipline and execution, we believe we're giving him the best opportunity to beat the Miami Dolphins (on Sunday), and the rest of the year," Allen said.

Allen said that Callahan will decide who starts at quarterback, whether it's Case Keenum, Colt McCoy or rookie Dwayne Haskins.

Callahan, however, told reporters in his press conference on Monday that he's not prepared to start Haskins.

"We're going to continue to develop him and heighten his maturation process. Try to get him on schedule so he is prepared," Callahan said of Haskins, who was selected with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Allen defended the selection of Haskins amid reports that the team was split about taking him in the draft.

"As far as Dwayne, we're excited as hell to have him on this football team," Allen said. "We think he has a great future. He's working very hard. He's learning the system. When coach Callahan decides to put him in, he'll make that decision. But Jay was excited about Dwayne Haskins. I think he talked to several of you from OTAs to training camp about how well he was doing."

Gruden was in his sixth season with the Redskins, compiling a 35-49-1 record that included Sunday's 33-7 home loss to the New England Patriots. Entering this season, he had won at least seven games in four straight years, including a 9-7 mark in 2015 that saw Washington reach the playoffs.

When asked by reporters about his job status after Sunday's loss, Gruden said: "Nobody's told me anything. I don't have a concern. I'll just wait and see. If my key works on Monday, keep working, go attack the Miami Dolphins and plan on getting our first win next week."

Gruden signed a two-year contract extension in March 2017, putting him under contract through the 2020 season. He lasted longer than any of Snyder's six previous head coaches, with none staying longer than four years.

--Field Level Media