Jon Gruden’s agent decries “hit job,” believes Gruden will coach once more

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On Thursday, the Raiders performed the primary preseason sport of the primary 12 months of the Josh McDaniels period. It will have been the fifth 12 months of Jon Gruden’s return to the staff.

And, sure, however for the emails that have been leaked final October to the media, Gruden would nonetheless be teaching the Raiders. He had survived three non-playoff seasons. Provided that interim coach Wealthy Bisaccia took Gruden’s staff to the wild-card spherical after Gruden left, Gruden would certainly have made it there himself. And even when he hadn’t, it might have taken rather a lot for proprietor Mark Davis to fireside the person for whom Davis had develop into extra sidekick than boss.

Gruden’s agent, Bob Lamonte, just lately spoke to Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan.com about, amongst different issues, the previous Bucs and Raiders coach. And Lamonte believes Gruden will coach once more — presumably within the NFL.

“I actually consider in my coronary heart and soul he’ll coach once more,” Lamonte stated. “I would be very shocked if he did not. My query is what did Jon actually do? Most individuals would not need their personal emails from 10 days in the past checked out. That is why if this have been to go to trial, it might be devastating for the Nationwide Soccer League.”

That is an ominous trace from Lamonte, suggesting that Gruden will maybe strive a good-for-goose-good-for-gander strategy that consists of emails despatched by others in and across the league from the previous decade.

“This wasn’t good for anyone,” Lamonte stated of the truth that a small variety of emails that Gruden despatched to former Washington govt Bruce Allen have been leaked to the media at a time when all the things else in regards to the investigation of Daniel Snyder’s franchise was, and nonetheless is, largely cloaked 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 fallacious. You’ve gotten 650,000 emails and his six of them have been picked out. . . and he wasn’t even within the league. He prevailed in courtroom and he’ll prevail once more.”

Gruden received in courtroom on the preliminary query of whether or not the case might be required to go to arbitration. The NFL will undoubtedly enchantment that as far and lengthy as it may well, delaying the case for not months however years. Finally, if the case stays in courtroom, the id of the leaker might 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 knowledge.

The truth that the emails have been leaked and the timing of their disclosure continues to appear fallacious, no matter the truth that Gruden’s language was dangerous sufficient to advantage the end result he skilled. It should not have occurred the best way it did, when it did.

“He was in a state of shock and I used to be anxious about him when this primary broke as a result of it was a shot at nighttime in the midst of the night time,” Lamonte stated. “I believe the toughest factor for him was that it is in the midst of October. . . . Supposedly, all this data was recognized in August. Why now, of all issues, does that come out in an investigation that had already gone away?”

The data was really recognized, as we have heard it, in June. Effectively sufficient prematurely of the season to cope with it lengthy earlier than coaching camp opened, giving the Raiders a good likelihood to exchange Gruden and making the entire thing much less sudden and dramatic for everybody concerned.

Lamonte opted to take issues farther than complaining in regards to the timing. That is when it turns into a lot tougher to make a case for Gruden.

“It was 10 years in the past,” Lamonte stated. “After which why Jon and why the Raiders? He wasn’t even within the league on the time of these emails. . . that is the tragedy of it. You may say what you need, but when anybody actually understands Jon, they know he isn’t a racist. That is fairly apparent. Nobody would ever say that. . . . The largest factor that received him was Jon had referred to as Roger Goodell a feminine physique half that wasn’t turning into. I assume he made some dangerous feedback in regards to the Glazers, however you must understand he had simply been fired by the Bucs and he thought he was on personal e-mails. Lots of people once they’re fired say dangerous issues.”

Lamonte ultimately used the identical time period that former Raiders radio play-by-play announcer Brent Musberger uttered final 12 months when discussing the matter — Lamonte referred to as it a “hit job” on Gruden.

“It took a really dangerous toll on him,” Lamonte stated. “Jon will inform you he is a boring man. The man watches movies all day, that is what he does. He is principally a soccer junkie and also you took it away from him. His household was destroyed, his spouse’s answering questions, his son dele works for the staff.”

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

“I believe Jon appears to be like youthful, happier and higher now,” Lamonte stated. “He is an infinitely rich individual and the irony of this lawsuit is that everybody says he’ll make a fortune, He does not actually need the cash. All Jon Gruden desires is his life again — and he will get it again.”

That is nonetheless laborious to check. Other than the emails, he sued the league and its Commissioner. Whereas it is legally fallacious to retaliate in opposition to Gruden for that, there are too few head-coaching jobs and much too many certified candidates. It will likely be very simple for groups to present the soon-to-be 59-year-old head coach the chilly shoulder.

In addition to, let’s not lose sight of the truth that he struggled in his three years again with the Raiders. It appeared that, in lots of respects, the sport had handed him by throughout greater than a decade within the sales space. All issues thought-about, Lamonte’s evaluation concerning Gruden’s future appears to be much more like wishful considering than an correct prediction of the long run.

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