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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

By Matt McCarthy,

In his 20 years owning the Redskins, Daniel Snyder has proven that he can’t find ways to win or make his franchise relevant.

But there is nobody better at finding new and interesting ways to fire people than Snyder.

Redskins dismissed head coach Jay Gruden early Monday following his team’s 33-7 loss to the Patriots. And “early” Monday is not an exaggeration.

5 a.m. kind of early.

Steinberg, a reporter for the Washington Post, wrote that Gruden was not surprised by the firing, given the pre-dawn nature of the meeting with Snyder.

“Gruden, who knew once he received word late Sunday night of the early Monday meeting that it was almost certainly to discuss his being fired, arrived at the facility to find Snyder and Allen already there. After they informed him that he was being terminated, Gruden thanked them for the opportunity and left,” Steinberg wrote.

The move does not come as a surprise. Gruden was the subject of firing rumors last week and many believed that the Redskins wanted to have him coach against the Patriots, knowing it was almost certain that they would lose, so they could instill his replacement ahead of a much more winnable matchup against the Miami Dolphins in Week 6.

Bill Callahan, Washington’s offensive line coach and former head coach of the Oakland Raiders, will take over for Gruden on an interim basis.

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