Jon Gruden returns to the NFL as the ‘Saints bring in ex-Raiders coach to wrack his head’
Jon Gruden returns to the NFL while the Saints “bring in the ex-Raiders coach to question him” ahead of their first season with Derek Carr.
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Jon Gruden has returned to the NFL, albeit relatively undercover.
The former Raiders and Buccaneers coach was reportedly brought to New Orleans this week as an offensive advisor due to his ties to new Saints quarterback Derek Carr and the West Coast offense.
Gruden and Carr know each other well; The Fresno State product played under the Super Bowl-winning coach from 2018 through game six of the 2021 NFL season.
Gruden was forced to resign after abusive emails were leaked as part of a workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Commanders. Gruden has been something of an NFL pariah ever since, and his role in New Orleans was his first in over two years.
NOLA.com reported Gruden was brought in to help his former quarterback and the Saints offensive line on the West Coast offense — traditionally led by the former Bucs coach and now based in New Orleans.
Jon Gruden was hired by the New Orleans Saints to mentor the Saints staff
Gruden coached new Saints quarterback Derek Carr while he was in Las Vegas between 2018-21
“It’s a new system, new words, [but] “There are a lot of similarities to things I grew up with and believe in,” Carr said of NOLA.com.
“It’s still a learning curve, but not as big as it could be in any other system or offense.”
While Gruden may be hoping for a bigger role in the league, it’s unclear if he’ll be welcomed back as a full-time coach at any point.
It’s still something Gruden wants, judging by his comments in August.
“I still love football. I made some mistakes. But I don’t think anyone here hasn’t. And I’m just asking for forgiveness and I hope I get another chance,” Gruden said during a speech at Little Rock Touchdown Club in Arkansas.
He has since apologized for comments that offended certain sections of society.
“I am ashamed of what happened in these emails and I will make no apologies for it,” Gruden said. “It’s shameful.” But I’m a good person. I believe that. I go to church. I’ve been married for 31 years. I have three great boys.’
Gruden’s emails were released as part of a league investigation into working conditions within the team now known as the Washington Commanders.
Carr will work on the West Coast offense – a system he played under Gruden in LV
Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he still wanted to coach in the league in AK last August
Gruden was critical of NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell in the leaked emails
He later filed a lawsuit against the NFL, accusing the league of “Soviet-style character assassination.”
“The lawsuit alleges that the defendants selectively leaked Gruden’s private correspondence to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times in order to tarnish Gruden’s reputation and force him out of his job,” Gruden’s attorney Adam Hosmer-Henner said in a statement Explanation.
“There is no explanation or justification as to why Gruden’s emails were the only ones released of the 650,000 emails collected as part of the NFL’s investigation into the Washington Football Team, or why the emails continued for months were preserved before being released in the midst of the Raiders.” ‘Season.’
The Nevada Supreme Court currently has temporarily dropped the lawsuit against the NFL and Goodell pending the league’s appeal.
In private emails to then-Commanders President Bruce Allen, Gruden poked fun at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, President Joe Biden, and NFLPA Chief DeMaurice Smith.
Gruden said DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the African-American players’ union, has “lips the size of Michelin tires,” called Goodell a “shit,” and Biden a “nervous, clueless jerk.”