Jon Gruden returned to the NFL with Derek Carr before his first season when the ‘Saints brought in the former Raiders coach to pick his brain.’
- Jon Gruden was taken to the New Orleans building to pick his brain
- Gruden ran the West Coast offense that Carr played in during the 2018-21 season
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Jon Gruden is back in the NFL, albeit in relatively stealthy fashion.
Given his relationship with new Saints quarterback Derek Carr and the West Coast offense, the former Raiders and Buccaneers coach reportedly came to New Orleans this week as an offensive consultant.
Gruden and Carr know each other well; The Fresno State product played under the Super Bowl-winning coach from 2018 through the NFL’s sixth game in 2021.
Gruden was forced to resign after the scandalous emails were revealed during a workplace misconduct investigation against Washington officials. Since then, Gruden has been something of an NFL pariah, his first in more than two years in his role in New Orleans.
NOLA.com reports that Gruden has come to the aid of the former quarterback and the Saints’ offensive staff in regards to the West Coast offense – typically run by the former Bucs coach and now in New Orleans.
Jon Gruden came to the New Orleans Saints to work as a consultant on the Saints staff
Gruden coached the Saints’ new quarterback, Derek Carr, during his time in Las Vegas from 2018-21.
“This is a new system, new words, [but] A lot of similarities to what I grew up with and what I believed in,’ Carr said, via NOLA.com.
“It’s still a learning curve, but not as big as it might be in a different system or a different offense.”
While Gruden is expected to have a bigger role in the league, it’s unclear if he’ll be welcomed as a full-time coach anytime soon.
It’s something Gruden still wants, according to comments he made in August.
“I still love football. I’ve made some mistakes. But I don’t think anybody in here does. And I’m just going to apologize and, hopefully, I’ll get another shot,” Gruden said at the Little Rock Tadadown Club in Arkansas.
He apologized for the comments that offended certain sections of society.
‘I am ashamed of what happened in these emails, and I will make no excuses for it,’ Gruden said. ‘It’s a shame. But I’m a good person. I believe that. I go to church. I have been married for 31 years. I have three wonderful sons.’
Gruden’s emails were released as part of the league’s investigation into workplace conditions at the team, now known as the Washington Chiefs.
Carr works in the West Coast offense – the system he played under Gruden at LV
Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he still wants to coach in the league in AK last August.
Gruden criticized NFLPA CEO DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell in the leaked emails.
The league later sued the NFL, accusing it of ‘Soviet-style character assassination’.
Gruden’s attorney, Adam Hosmer-Heiner, said in a statement: “The complaint alleges that the defendants selectively released Gruden’s private messages to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times in an attempt to damage Gruden’s reputation and get him out of a job.”
Of the 650,000 emails collected in the NFL’s investigation of the Washington football team, there is no explanation or justification for why only Gruden’s emails were made public or why the emails were held for months before being released among the Raiders. ‘period’
The Nevada Supreme Court issued a temporary stay of the lawsuit against the NFL and Goodell while the league’s appeal is built.
In private emails to then-Commander President Bruce Allen, Gruden mocked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, President Joe Biden and NFLPA Chairman DeMaurice Smith.
Gruden calls African-American Players Association executive DeMaurice Smith ‘Michelin tires on the lips’, Goodell a ‘f****’ and Biden a ‘nervous p****’.