Redskins’ Bruce Allen On Firing Jay Gruden

Jay Gruden is out as the Redskins’ head coach. On Monday afternoon, president Bruce Allen discussed Gruden’s firing with the press and said that Gruden’s firing is “not for cause” – in other words, the team will not try to escape it’s financial obligations with Gruden by citing the recently circulated video of him allegedly smoking marijuana or anything else pertaining to off-the-field matters.

Here’s a look at more highlights from Allen’s presser.

Allen on why Gruden was fired

It was necessary. Our 0-5 start is not just disappointing. We had much different expectations for the beginning of the season.

Allen on why the team selected Bill Callahan as its interim head coach

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, and the rest of the year.”

Allen on whether first-round pick Dwayne Haskins will take over as the team’s starting quarterback

It’ll be up to Coach Callahan who plays at any position, the same way it was up to Coach Gruden who’s going to play. We’re thrilled to have Dwayne here. We think his future is really bright. Whatever gives Coach Callahan the formula for success [is], I’m sure he’s going to do.

Allen on the team’s much-maligned culture

The culture is actually pretty damn good.”

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