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The writing had been on the wall for some time, but Dan Snyder finally pulled the trigger Monday morning.

Washington's owner fired head coach Jay Gruden after the Redskins put up another lifeless performance in a 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots to fall to 0-5 on the year.

Jay Gruden, like all head coaches in the Snyder era, had little success in his five-plus seasons in Washington, accumulating a 35-49-1 record and making the playoffs just one time.

While Jay Gruden's tenure as head coach was a dud, it's fair to suggest he might not be unemployed for much longer and could head West.

Jay's brother, Jon Gruden, and the Raiders have gotten off to a surprising 3-2 start, weathering early-season adversity and remaking their offense on the fly in the wake to the departure of Antonio Brown. The Silver and Black have a Week 6 bye, which might be an easy opportunity for Jon to give Jay a spot on his staff with an eye toward elevating him to a higher role in 2020 when the team moves to Las Vegas.

It has been speculated that Jay Gruden could become the offensive coordinator at some point, which likely would shift current-OC Greg Olson to quarterbacks coach.

 

Of course, in Oakland, Jon Gruden writes the game script, calls the plays and does just about everything else, so bringing in his brother wouldn't necessarily alter the dynamic that much with the Raiders. The integration, should it happen, could be relatively seamless. Now, is it necessary? No, but you know what they say about blood and water.

Joining the Silver and Black could be an intriguing option for Jay Gruden, but he could take some time to see if any other openings pop up that would give him more control as a play-caller. He also could see if any team has an interest in hiring him as head coach since the NFL loves nothing more than to trot out failed head coaching retreads.

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After losing starting quarterback Alex Smith to a devastating injury last season, Jay Gruden had little chance of succeeding this season and keeping his job.

Owner Dan Snyder elected to intervene in the 2019 NFL Draft and select quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 overall pick, but the Ohio State product only has seen the field for half of one game, highlighting the  disconnect between what Jay Gruden wanted to do at the quarterback position and what the front office and ownership deemed necessary. 

Either way, Jay Gruden now finds himself looking for another job. Don't be surprised if that job is in the Bay.