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Jon Gruden shares Brett Favre’s favorite play with Packers

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Brett Favre shows off his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring after receiving it during halftime of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016. Credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brett Favre had a favorite play during his first few seasons with the Green Bay Packers, but most people would never guess why he liked it so much. Jon Gruden knows all too well.

Gruden was a featured guest speaker at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Tuesday. During his appearance, he spoke about his time as an offensive assistant in Green Bay when Favre was a budding NFL star. Gruden recalled how there were no electronic coach-to-quarterback communications during the early 1990s, and it was his job to signal the plays in from the sideline. Favre’s favorite play became one that made Gruden look like a fool while he was relaying it.

“I was the signal guy. So Brett had to come up with all the signals so he could remember them. I’ll never forget this,” Gruden said. “The play was 22 Dancer, and I would (have to) dance (to call it)… it was 22 Dancer Z Stutter Go. He kept telling (head coach Mike) Holmgren on the sidelines, ‘Call 22 Dancer Z Stutter Go, I want to see Gruden dance.’ It’s like 3rd-and-8 and we’re playing the Vikings. We’re not calling that. Shut up, Brett.”

Gruden also said antics like that from Favre were the result of the quarterback never feeling pressure, even in the most intense moments. Favre probably isn’t the only one who enjoyed messing with the former Las Vegas Raiders coach.

During his extraordinary career, Favre won one Super Bowl, and three straight MVP Awards from 1995-1997. The Hall of Famer also made 11 Pro Bowls. We can now add “made Jon Gruden dance” to his impressive list of accomplishments.

Jon Gruden says he would want 1 SEC job

Jon Gruden smiling

Aug 18, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden during a joint practice against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden’s name always seemed to pop up in college football rumors during the former Super Bowl coach’s time as an ESPN announcer. Gruden never left for the college ranks, but there is one job he jokes he would want to have now.

Gruden was a featured guest speaker at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Tuesday. During his appearance, Gruden was asked how serious he was about the Arkansas job in late 2012 when rumors said he was in the mix.

“I wouldn’t say they were real serious conversations,” Gruden said Tuesday.

Then the former Las Vegas Raiders head coach shared why he never wanted to coach college ball, but why his mind has now changed.

“I was concerned about being a college coach because I would have ya on the death penalty probation within six months,” Gruden said.

Gruden then joked that he’d love to have the Arkansas Razorbacks job now that Name, Image and Likeness rules allow players to be paid.

“But, now that you’re paying players — and I know a bank with $27 billion — I’d love to have the Arkansas job! I’ll tell you that!” Gruden cracked.

Arkansas went through a rough 10-year stretch after the infamous Bobby Petrino motorcycle incident. They bottomed out under Chad Morris, but the Hogs really seem to have hit a home run with Sam Pittman as head coach.

If Pittman weren’t doing so well at Arkansas, we wouldn’t put it past Gruden to try and land the gig. He did say during his appearance that he was hoping to get another shot at coaching. He also praised Pittman heavily and lauded the job the former offensive line coach has done.

For now, Gruden has mostly been laying low while suing the NFL for allegedly selectively releasing emails to force him out of his job with the Raiders.

NFL lawyers make accusation about Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden in a Raiders hat

Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden takes the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has seemingly implemented a new strategy in its ongoing legal battle with Jon Gruden.

Gruden filed a lawsuit against the NFL a month after he was forced to resign as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders last October. The resignation was the result of damaging emails being leaked as part of the league’s investigation into workplace misconduct with the Washington Commanders. Gruden’s attorneys have argued that the NFL intentionally leaked the emails to force Gruden out.

According to David Charns of 8 News Now in Las Vegas, court documents that were filed last week indicate that the NFL is looking to prove that Gruden was employed by the league at the time some of the derogatory and vulgar emails were sent.

“In several places, Gruden’s proposed order states that the emails were ‘sent between 2011 and 2018, during which time Gruden was not working as a coach in the NFL but as an employee of ESPN,” lawyers for the NFL said in the court filing. “Gruden’s claim (and purported finding of fact) on the timing of his emails is, in reality, very much disputed by the NFL parties and in fact false. Discovery — necessary to make any finding of fact on this issue — will show that Gruden continued to send the same kinds of derogatory emails consistently following his start date with the Raiders.”

The NFL is aiming to settle the Gruden lawsuit through arbitration, arguing that he was an employee of the league. Gruden’s attorney, Adam Hosmer-Henner, said in a statement on Monday that the initial complaint is about the NFL selectively leaking Gruden’s emails when the Washington investigation included more than 650,000 emails.

“In fact, their own attorney conceded during the hearing that the emails were sent before Jon Gruden signed with the Raiders. The NFL has tried to avoid discovery from the start, not Jon Gruden,” Hosmer-Henner said. “This is just another attempt by the NFL and Commissioner Goodell to save face by attacking Jon Gruden while still not owning up the truth of their actions. Jon isn’t going to try to hide from his deposition, is the commissioner?”

The emails, which contained gay slurs and other inappropriate content, were published in a New York Times story. They were sent between 2011-2018, when Gruden was with ESPN.

Gruden, 58, has already scored one big legal victory against the NFL.

Jon Gruden blocked Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski from joining Raiders

Jon Gruden in a Raiders hat

Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden takes the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a package deal in 2020, but that apparently only came after Jon Gruden turned away the dynamic duo.

UFC boss Dana White joined “UFC with the Gronks” on Saturday night during the UFC 278 fight card. The program was an alternate broadcast of the UFC pay-per-view card, featuring the Gronkowski brothers commentating (similar to the “Manningcast” for “Monday Night Football”).

During his appearance, White talked about how Gronkowski was set to team up with Brady on the Las Vegas Raiders. White said he was a part of making that deal happen, but then-Raiders coach Jon Gruden blew it all up at the last minute.

“I worked to put that deal together for Brady and Gronk to come to the Raiders,” White recalled. “And it was almost a done deal. And at the last minute, Gruden blew the deal up and said that he didn’t want ’em. And all hell broke loose, and it was crazy.

“And Brady was looking at houses … so Las Vegas woulda had Brady and Gronk the year that the Bucs won the Super Bowl, except Gruden blew the deal up. I was never going to tell that story until Gronk just said it.”

White only shared the story after Gronk said on air that he almost spent the last few years with White in Las Vegas, prompting Dana to go into the details about what happened.

What a bombshell.

This all checks out too.

In January 2020, we wrote a story about how Brady attended UFC 246 and was talking with Raiders owner Mark Davis. In that same story, White said it was possible for Brady to join the Raiders, who were moving to Las Vegas that year. Plus, recall that it was the Raiders and Chargers reportedly in the final running to land Brady, who ended up choosing the Bucs.

The Raiders ended up going 8-8 that season, while the Bucs won the Super Bowl. The Raiders went 10-7 last season, but Gruden infamously resigned.

It sure seems like everything worked out well for Brady and Gronk in the end. But this is the latest signal that Tampa Bay hasn’t always been Brady’s No. 1 choice. And it also goes down as yet another bonehead move by Gruden.

Jon Gruden’s agent makes bold claim

Jon Gruden smiling

Aug 18, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden during a joint practice against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden was forced to resign as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders midway through the 2021 season over a leaked email scandal. Many have predicted that we have seen the last of him in the NFL, but Gruden’s agent says that is a poor assumption.

Bob LaMonte, who has represented Gruden for many years, recently told Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan.com that he believes the 58-year-old will coach again.

“I really believe in my heart and soul he will coach again,” LaMonte said. “I’d be very surprised if he didn’t.”

Gruden stepped down last October after emails he sent from his personal account to then-Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive Bruce Allen were leaked to a few media outlets. The emails, which were written between 2011-2018, contained gay slurs and other inappropriate content. He is suing the NFL, alleging that the league held onto emails and selectively leaked them with the purpose of forcing Gruden to lose his job.

The NFL filed a motion to dismiss the case, but a judge denied the request. That took the case a step closer to going to trial, though it is possible the two sides could reach a settlement.

LaMonte said the email scandal “took a bad toll” on Gruden but that Gruden is in a much better place now. The agent said Gruden’s lawsuit is about getting his life back, not making money.

“I think Jon looks younger, happier and better now. He’s an infinitely wealthy person and the irony of this lawsuit is that everyone says he’ll make a fortune — he doesn’t really need the money,” LaMonte said. “All Jon Gruden wants is his life back — and he’s going to get it back.”

Even if Gruden wins his lawsuit against the NFL, a team would still have to hire him. That would be the biggest challenge for the former Super Bowl winner.

Jon Gruden scores initial victory in lawsuit against NFL

Jon Gruden smiling

Aug 18, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden during a joint practice against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden on Wednesday scored an initial legal victory in his lawsuit against the NFL.

Gruden is suing the NFL, alleging that they held onto emails and selectively leaked them with the purpose of forcing Gruden to lose his job as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

The NFL filed a motion to dismiss the case and a motion to compel arbitration. Nevada judge Nancy L. Allf on Wednesday denied both motions. The NFL argued that arbitration is necessary due to Gruden’s contract with the Raiders. But the former head coach’s legal team countered that Gruden is not bound to his contract since he resigned from his job on Oct. 11. Judge Allf agreed.

The NFL plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

If the league does not win an appeal, then the case could head to trial unless a settlement is reached. The league has a strong tendency to settle its lawsuit in an effort to avoid negative publicity that could arise through the discovery process.

Gruden, 58, resigned as Raiders head coach in October after numerous emails he sent from his personal account to then-Buccaneers executive Bruce Allen were leaked to a few media outlets. The emails, which were written between 2011-2018, contained gay slurs and other inappropriate content.

Raiders surprisingly keeping coach with strong Jon Gruden ties

Jon Gruden in a Raiders hat

The Las Vegas Raiders announced their full coaching staff on Monday, and the announcement included a somewhat surprising name.

The Raiders are retaining Deuce Gruden, the son of former head coach Jon Gruden, as a strength and conditioning coach for 2022. The younger Gruden spent the previous two years on the Raiders’ staff, having joined from a previous stint in Washington.

The elder Gruden abruptly resigned last season after damaging emails he sent several years ago emerged publicly. Gruden is now taking the NFL to court over his termination. Given the circumstances of Gruden’s exit, the Raiders might have been tempted to let Deuce move on as well.

On the other hand, given how the Raiders felt about the Gruden email leaks, this might not be that surprising after all. Plus, Deuce Gruden should be evaluated based on his own merits as a coach. The Raiders are clearly happy with him if they’re keeping him around.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden takes the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NFL files to dismiss Jon Gruden lawsuit, says there were more emails

Jon Gruden smiles

Jon Gruden filed a lawsuit against the NFL back in November claiming the league intentionally leaked his private emails in order to ruin his career. The NFL immediately responded by denying the allegations, and they have now backed up that denial with a court filing.

The NFL filed a motion to dismiss Gruden’s lawsuit in Nevada this week, according to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic. In the filing, the league’s attorneys argue that Gruden sent offensive emails to at least five other recipients besides former Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen.

“Gruden sent a variety of similarly abhorrent emails to a half dozen recipients over a seven-year period, in which he denounced ‘the emergence of women as referees,’ and frequently used homophobic and sexist slurs to refer to Commissioner Goodell, then-Vice President Joseph Biden, a gay professional football player drafted in 2014, and others,” the NFL’s attorneys wrote in the filing.

The emails that led to Gruden’s resignation leaked as part of an investigation into workplace misconduct with the Washington Football Team. In one of them, Gruden mocked NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith over the size of his lips. More emails leaked days later in which Gruden used a gay slur and other problematic language.

In the motion to dismiss, the NFL argues that the emails were damaging to both Gruden and the league. The league also says the emails, which it insists were not intentionally leaked, “would have and could have permitted the Commissioner himself to sanction and fire Gruden.”

More than 650,000 emails were reviewed as part of the WFT investigation, but the NFL has reportedly claimed Gruden’s were the only damaging ones.

The lawsuit from Gruden may not be the only one the NFL faces over the situation.

Photo: Aug 18, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden during a joint practice against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders player explains why Rich Bisaccia was better for team than Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden in a Raiders hat

The Las Vegas Raiders were 3-2 when Jon Gruden was forced to abruptly resign over his leaked email scandal. Very few people gave them a chance to contend after that, but interim head coach Rich Bisaccia navigated through an incredibly difficult season en route to a playoff berth. At least one Raiders player believes Gruden’s departure actually helped the team.

An anonymous Raiders player told NFL insider Michael Silver that he believes the team played so well down the stretch because they didn’t have Gruden pushing them.

“We didn’t have Gruden grinding us late in the year,” the veteran player said. “Gruden would kill us, and we would fall apart. The reason this team played so well down the stretch is that Rich listened to the players and took it easy over the back half of the season.”

The Raiders won their first two games after Gruden stepped down. They then dealt with another major scandal, as wide receiver Henry Ruggs was involved in a drunk driving accident that killed a woman. Las Vegas won just one of its next six games after that before turning things around to reach the postseason.

All of that reflects well on Bisaccia’s leadership. He has already proven he can get players to buy in during difficult times, which is no easy feat in the NFL. There may be something to what the anonymous player said, too. As Silver notes, the Raiders finished 2-4, 1-5 and 2-5 in their previous three seasons under Gruden.

Derek Carr and other Raiders veterans have been outspoken in endorsing Bisaccia for the full-time head coach position. There have been indications that owner Mark Davis is targeting a much bigger name, but Bisaccia has certainly built a strong case.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden takes the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Musburger blasts NFL over Jon Gruden situation

Jon Gruden in a Raiders hat

Jon Gruden recently filed a lawsuit against the NFL over his leaked email scandal, and one legendary broadcaster seems to think the former Las Vegas Raiders coach had a strong case.

Brent Musburger, the former voice of college football who now does radio calls for the Raiders, shared some strong thoughts on the Gruden situation this week. He told J.T. The Brick of the Las Vegas Sports Network that he believes Gruden was the target of a “paid assassin.”

“As I told Coach, whoever took you out, Jon, that was a paid assassin,” Musburger said, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “That was one of the best hit jobs that I’ve ever been around. They didn’t go to their media goombahs. They didn’t leak this to Adam Schefter or one of those guys that breaks stories. They first went to the Wall Street Journal. And when Gruden was still coaching after that, then they dumped the rest of it on the New York Times. That was a professional hit job.”

Gruden stepped down as head coach of the Raiders several weeks ago after two rounds of his offensive personal emails leaked. He filed a lawsuit against the NFL that accuses the league of intentionally releasing the emails at a time that would inflict maximum damage. Gruden also says the NFL threatened to release the second batch of emails if the first leak didn’t cost him his job.

Musburger isn’t convinced that the leak came from the NFL, as he mentioned that the Washington Football Team also had access to the emails. However, he said it would be shameful if the NFL were responsible.

“So I think the hardest part for Gruden’s lawyers to prove is that somebody from the National Football League actually leaked that,” Musburger added. “Because if it is somebody from the NFL, shame on them. Because (Raiders owner) Mark Davis should have been told in the summer, when he had something to do about it.”

The emails Gruden sent came from the 2011-2018 time period. They were uncovered during the NFL’s investigation into the Washington Football Team regarding the franchise’s workplace environment. More than 650,000 emails were reviewed as part of the investigation, but the NFL has reportedly claimed Gruden’s were the only damaging ones.

Someone who spoke with Gruden last month said the former coach believes the “truth” will eventually come out.

Photo: Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden takes the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports