Jon Gruden’s agent denounces ‘successful work’, believes Gruden will return to training

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On Thursday, the Raiders performed the primary preseason recreation of the primary yr of the Josh McDaniels period. It will have been the fifth yr of Jon Gruden’s return to the staff.

And sure, if it weren’t for the emails that have been leaked to the media final October, Gruden would nonetheless be teaching the Raiders. He had survived three seasons out of the playoffs. On condition that interim coach Wealthy Bisaccia took Gruden’s staff to the wild-card spherical after Gruden left, Gruden absolutely would have gotten there. And even when he hadn’t, it could have price proprietor Mark Davis dearly to fireside the person to whom Davis had develop into extra of a associate than a boss.

Gruden’s agent, Bob Lamonte, not too long ago spoke with’s Ira Kaufman about, amongst different issues, the previous Bucs and Raiders coach. And Lamonte thinks Gruden will coach once more, presumably within the NFL.

β€œI actually imagine in my coronary heart and soul will practice once moreLamonte mentioned. I would be very shocked if it did not. My query is what did Jon actually do? Most individuals wouldn’t need their non-public emails from 10 days in the past to be reviewed. That is why if this went to trial, it could be devastating to the Nationwide Soccer League.”

That is a sinister innuendo from Lamonte, suggesting that Gruden would possibly strive a good-for-goose-good-for-goose strategy that includes taking a look at emails despatched by others in and across the league over the previous decade.

β€œThis was not good for anyone,” Lamonte mentioned of the truth that a small variety of emails Gruden despatched to former Washington govt Bruce Allen have been leaked to the media at a time when every thing else in regards to the franchise investigation by Daniel Snyder was, and nonetheless is, largely shrouded in secrecy. “That is why he ended up suing the NFL and [Commissioner Roger] Goodell, as a result of everybody is aware of it was flawed. He has 650,000 emails and all six of them have been chosen. . . and he wasn’t even within the league. He prevailed in courtroom and he’ll prevail once more.”

Gruden gained in courtroom on the preliminary query of whether or not the case ought to go to arbitration. The NFL will little question attraction that to the extent potential, delaying the case not for months however for years. Ultimately, if the case stays in courtroom, the leaker’s identification can be revealed. Though Gruden thinks it was Goodell, others suppose it was Snyder. The universe of potential suspects is small, as a result of not many individuals had entry to the data.

The truth that the emails have been leaked and the timing of their disclosure nonetheless appears flawed, no matter the truth that Gruden’s language was dangerous sufficient to deserve the outcome he skilled. It should not have occurred the way in which it did, when it did.

“I used to be in shock and nervous about him when it first broke as a result of it was shot at nighttime in the course of the evening,” Lamonte mentioned. β€œI believe the toughest factor for him was that it is the center of October. . . . Supposedly, all this info was recognized in August. Why now, of all issues, does that come up in an investigation that was already gone?

The knowledge truly grew to become recognized, as we have now heard it, in June. Sufficient early within the season to cope with it lengthy earlier than coaching camp opened, giving the Raiders a good likelihood to switch Gruden and making all of it much less sudden and dramatic for everybody concerned.

Lamonte selected to take issues past complaining in regards to the second. That is when it turns into rather more troublesome to defend Gruden.

“It was 10 years in the past,” Lamonte mentioned. β€œSo why Jon and why the Raiders? He wasn’t even within the league on the time of these emails. . . that is the tragedy. You may say what you need, but when anybody actually understands Jon, they know he isn’t a racist. That is fairly apparent. No person would say that. . . . The most important factor that caught with him was that Jon had known as Roger Goodell a feminine physique half that wasn’t proper. I suppose he made some detrimental feedback in regards to the Glazers, however it’s a must to notice he had simply been fired by the Bucs and he thought he was on non-public emails. Many individuals when they’re fired say dangerous issues.

Lamonte finally used the identical time period that former Raiders radio host Brent Musberger uttered final yr when discussing the matter: Lamonte known as it a “profitable job” on Gruden.

β€œIt price him rather a lot,” Lamonte mentioned. β€œJon will inform you that he’s a boring man. The man watches motion pictures all day, that is what he does. He is principally a soccer addict and also you took it away from him. His household is devastated, his spouse solutions questions, his son works for the staff.”

Gruden apparently nonetheless desires to work for one of many 30 groups aside from the Buccaneers and Raiders.

“I believe Jon seems to be youthful, happier and higher now,” Lamonte mentioned. β€œHe’s an infinitely wealthy particular person and the irony of this declare is that everybody says he’ll make a fortune. He actually would not want the cash. All Jon Gruden desires is to get his life again, and he’ll get it again.”

That’s nonetheless laborious to think about. Along with the emails, he sued the league and its Commissioner. Whereas it is legally flawed to retaliate in opposition to Gruden for that, there are too few head teaching jobs and too many certified candidates. Will probably be very straightforward for groups to show their backs on the soon-to-be 59-year-old head coach.

Additionally, let’s not lose sight of the truth that he struggled his three years in the past with the Raiders. It appeared that in some ways he had been neglected by the sport for over a decade within the sales space. All issues thought-about, Lamonte’s evaluation of Gruden’s future seems to be way more wishful pondering than an correct prediction of the long run.

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