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It was no secret that Redskins running back Chris Thompson was vocally fond of his former head coach Jay Gruden. Following Sunday's loss to the Patriots, the running back was in tears when discussing the future of Gruden in Washington.

The Redskins chose to part ways with Gruden on Monday morning after an 0-5 start to the 2019 season. Washington chose to promote offensive line coach Bill Callahan to the head coach role for the interim.

Just a few hours later, Thompson joined The Sports Junkies to discuss Gruden's firing and the difference that he thinks Callahan will make for this team.

The running back was open and honest, questioning how much letting go of Gruden will actually change things for the Burgundy and Gold.

"I'm going to be 100 percent honest with you, I don't know. I don't know what difference this move makes," Thompson said. "We'll listen to Callahan and what he wants in the offense. Obviously, he runs our run game. I don't know."

With Gruden now gone, the Redskins have committed to moving in a different direction. The next question that remains is who will be the Redskins quarterback. Both veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy have been ineffective for the Redskins offense through the first five weeks of the season. 

 

Throughout training camp, the Redskins felt they were good enough to compete for a playoff berth. That meant playing the QB who at the time gave them the chance to win, whether that be Keenum, McCoy, or rookie Dwayne Haskins. 

But at 0-5 with the playoffs seemingly out of reach, it would make sense to play Dwayne Haskins and see what the team has in the rookie quarterback. Even with the change at head coach, Thompson is unsure whether Callahan will turn to the rookie quarterback.

"I have no clue," Thompson said on whether Haskins will play. "Those are all things we have to find out when we come in for practice on Wednesday to see what's going to happen for the rest of the season. Callahan probably has his opinion on how he wants to handle practice, how he wants to do everything. He's going to be able to do it now."

Thompson added that sometimes position coaches don't always agree with the head coach, but they're unable to run what they would like because they simply aren't the coach in charge. The same thing could be true with Callahan, which is why the running back said he's in wait-and-see mode for what changes will come with Gruden gone.

"There's coaches with different opinions on things," Thompson said. "Sometimes they can't do what they want to do because they are not the head coach. There may be some things [Callahan] feels like he needs or wants to change, and we'll find out this week."

Gruden was a player's coach. Thompson said Callahan was a more "old school" style head coach, but the seven-year veteran said he has a good relationship with Callahan. 

As far as what will change schematically for the Redskins, expect the Burgundy and Gold to run the ball more with Callahan at the helm. But even if the interim head coach wants to move to a more run-first approach, Thompson said it's up to the players to make sure the offense is in situations where the running game can be successful.

"I think coach Callahan is a more run-game-minded coach. So he's probably going to want to [run the ball more]," Thompson said. "But at the same time, if we're in second-and-12, first-and-20, or second-and-15, you can't run the ball in those situations. It still starts with us doing the right thing and getting the job done on first-and-10 so you're able to run the ball effectively. You don't want to be down two or three scores early in the game and just try and pound and run the ball. It's situation-based, but I believe he's going to try and run the ball more."

Right now, all the players can do is wait until practice on Wednesday. The interim head coach won't have much time to change things, as the Redskins travel to Miami this weekend for a clash with the also winless Dolphins on Sunday.

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