However unlikely, Washington Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan said he hopes his three-month “audition” leads to a full-time position guiding the team in 2020.
“Oh, absolutely,” he told the Washington Post.
The Redskins are 3-7 since Callahan replaced Jay Gruden, who was fired after an 0-5 start.
Callahan, 63, said he is proud of the team’s progress, particularly since scoring a total of 18 points in the three games prior to a Week 10 bye.
“I look at the fight of our players,” he said. “I look at the resiliency, and (I) tried to bring back a work ethic into the program that I thought was lacking. I thought our players could have been better fundamentally.
.”.. I saw our players get better and compete for four quarters. I saw our players have stamina through four quarters of play. I thought long and hard about improving the team and what aspects I would really focus on. A lot of that was the second-half finish, and I thought we did that.”
Still, he understands that he will probably coach his last game for Washington on Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys, as owner Dan Snyder is expected to cast a wide net in his coaching search.
“It’s a brutal business,” Callahan said. “I always say, ‘It’s a great game, but it’s a brutal business.’ I tell that to the players every day, and that’s where we’re at. ... But I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in the sense of accountability, in the sense of our responsibility day-in and day-out on the practice field. I’m proud of that aspect from our team.”
—Field Level Media