Bill Callahan is taking over as interim head coach of the Washington Redskins this week, and he’s quickly making the team recognize his authority.
Today was the first day of practice in the new regime and Callahan immediately changed the tone in a big way. After reps were over, Callahan had the Washington players run sprints.
As harsh as it may be to make them run sprints this early in the week, the Redskins will need to be the most fit they’ve been all season. They’ll be playing Week 6 of the NFL season in Miami, where the forecast calls for 84 degree heat with over 60-percent humidity.
Washington is currently 0-5, tied for the league’s worst record.
Callahan is making the Redskins run sprints after practice
— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) October 9, 2019
This will be Callahan’s second stint as an NFL head coach. He previously served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2002 to 2003, leading the Raiders to a Super Bowl appearance in his first year.
But the Raiders went 4-12 the following year and was fired at the end of the year.
He then went to Nebraska and went 27-22 in four years with the Huskers.
Callahan returned to the NFL in 2008 and has served in a variety of assistant roles since then. He had been an assistant in Washington since 2015.
The Redskins-Dolphins game will take place this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST and will air on FOX.