Anyone who’s been a football coach for a while has probably been fired at one point. Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden sure has, and now he empathizes with his brother.
Jay Gruden was fired by the Washington Redskins on Monday after an 0-5 start to the season. Jon, his older brother, commented on that move in a rather hilarious way.
“I’m obviously very disappointed for my brother,” Gruden said Tuesday, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “It was a long night, last couple of nights. He worked hard. Got a lot of respect for my brother. Obviously, disappointed for him getting fired.
“My dad’s been fired. I’ve been fired. Jay’s been fired and … welcome to the club, bro.”
There’s obviously sympathy here, but Gruden’s bluntness is correct. Even Bill Belichick has been fired before. It happens.
The good news for Jay? His brother could well have a job lined up for him pretty quickly if the rumors are true.
Jay Gruden is clearly on the hot seat, and there has been talk that the head coach could lose his job as early as next week if Washington falters against the New York Giants on Sunday. If Gruden does lose his job, could his next stop be working with his brother?
It would be a surprise if Gruden is back coaching the Redskins in 2020, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that there has been “chatter” around the NFL that Gruden will eventually take a job on his brother Jon’s staff with the Raiders. Jon Gruden is in only the second year of his 10-year deal, with the team moving to Las Vegas next season.
Jay Gruden spent three years as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals before being named the head coach in Washington. If he’s unable to land another head coaching job right away, he might be a logical fit with the Raiders. Jon Gruden’s team is still struggling to find an offensive identity and could move on from Derek Carr, so perhaps Jay would be interested in helping his brother find another quarterback and try to get things turned around.
For what it’s worth, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Sunday that Gruden’s job does not hinge on what happens against the Giants. He may not make it through the season, but it does not sound like Washington is planning to fire him ahead of Week 5.
Gruden has faced some questions about the way he is handling his quarterback situation, and that talk will become louder if the Redskins don’t start winning games. It seems like only a matter of time before the team parts ways with him.
Jon Gruden led the Oakland Raiders to an emotional win over the Denver Broncos on Monday night, and the head coach couldn’t help but celebrate with the team’s fans immediately after the victory.
On the heels of an offseason filled with seemingly nonstop drama, the Raiders got out to a quick start and held on to defeat the division rival Broncos, 24-16. With the team moving to Las Vegas next year, the game was the last “Monday Night Football” broadcast that will be held in Oakland. Gruden decided to enjoy it with the superfans sitting in “The Black Hole.”
Awesome moment as Gruden ran to the stands to personally celebrate with Oakland fans. pic.twitter.com/hR5DY50sH8
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 10, 2019
Gruden has a lot to prove to Raiders fans this season. He began his second tenure with the team by trading Khalil Mack last offseason, and he sent Amari Cooper packing later in the year as well. Oakland then made a huge splash by acquiring Antonio Brown in a trade, but we all know how that worked out.
If Gruden can get the most out of Derek Carr this season and keep the Raiders in contention in the AFC West, he would be giving the fans in Oakland a nice send-off. Monday night was a great start.
- Jon Gruden
Antonio Brown posted an audio clip on social media last week from a private conversation he had with Jon Gruden, but apparently he did so after seeking permission from the Oakland Raiders coach.
Alejandro Narciso, the man who produced the video clip Brown posted on YouTube that featured some of the receiver’s phone conversation with Gruden, told “The Dan Le Batard Show” on Monday that Brown reached out to Gruden before making it public. Narciso said he expected Gruden to nix the idea, but the coach responded shortly after with a series of text messages saying he loved the idea.
Antonio Brown's video producer said Jon Gruden approved of the use of their phone conversation in Brown's Youtube video before it was released.
They sent him the video and 15 minutes later Gruden responded with "I love it! Loved it! I love it!" pic.twitter.com/wrqer5ujvZ
— #BOOMIN (@ftbeard_17) September 9, 2019
So there you have it. There was some talk that Brown could potentially be in legal and/or NFL trouble over the audio recording since it is illegal to record a private conversation without consent in the state of California, but that’s not going to happen if Gruden gave permission and was all for it.
The audio featured Gruden telling Brown that Brown is not a villain and is simply misunderstood, with Brown saying he wants to be a Raider but is “more than just a football player. It’s unclear if sharing it was part of Brown’s master plan to get himself released, but we know the star receiver certainly embarrassed the Raiders in plenty of other ways.
Antonio Brown is ready to move on from the Oakland Raiders now that he has agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots, but he may have some legal issues to sort through from his brief time in the Bay Area.
One of the last things Brown did before he was released by the Raiders last week was share a YouTube video that featured audio of a (presumably) private phone conversation he had with Oakland head coach Jon Gruden. While Gruden said he was amused by the video and thought it was “awesome,” TMZ noted on Monday that recording a phone conversation without a person’s consent is illegal in the state of California and carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail.
What does that mean? Possibly nothing. There’s virtually no chance Brown would spend time in jail over the audio recording even if Gruden reported it to the authorities, but he did commit a misdemeanor crime if the conversation was recorded in California and Gruden was unaware.
The audio featured Gruden telling Brown he is not a villain and that he is simply misunderstood, with Brown saying he wants to be a Raider but is “more than just a football player.” It was more self-serving for the star receiver than anything, and nothing in it made Gruden look bad. For that reason, it would be a surprise if the coach pursued charges against Brown, unless he is beyond irate about the way Brown embarrassed the Raiders over the past several weeks.
Of course, the NFL could also investigate to see whether Brown violated the league’s personal conduct policy even if the authorities don’t get involved. Again, that seems unlikely.
If sharing the conversation he had with Gruden was one of the pieces of advice Brown got from the social media experts he consulted, he may want to have a word with them. Forcing his way out of Oakland is one thing, but he probably wasn’t aware that he may have broken the law.
UPDATE: The man who produced Brown’s video says Gruden gave them permission to share it on social media and loved the idea.
Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden is sticking to the script after Antonio Brown signed with the New England Patriots.
Brown landed with the Patriots mere hours after the Raiders granted him his release. Gruden, reached for comment by Jerry McDonald of Bay Area News Group, was to simply wish his former wide receiver the best.
Jon Gruden's reaction to Antonio Brown signing with Patriots, via text: `I wish him the best.' #Raiders
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) September 7, 2019
There’s no way Gruden is happy about this. They wanted to make it work, they tried to accommodate him, and Brown forced his release and landed in New England so fast that some are suspicious that either Brown or the Patriots acted inappropriately. The fact that Brown is so thrilled probably isn’t going to make Gruden and the Raiders happy either. They have nothing to gain from going scorched earth, however, at least on the record.
More than anyone else in the Oakland Raider organization, coach Jon Gruden badly wanted to make things work with Antonio Brown. On Saturday, though, even he could see that there was nothing left to do to make things work.
Gruden admitted Saturday that the Raiders had “exhausted everything” trying to make things work with Brown, and ultimately wished him well.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 7, 2019
Gruden stood by Brown even after the wide receiver’s verbal confrontation with GM Mike Mayock. That alone demonstrates just how determined Gruden was to make the relationship work. Ultimately, not even he could hold it together, and his big offseason gamble ultimately turned out to be a failure.