â€śHe just came in to watch how weâ€™re doing things,â€ť Jay Gruden said following the organized team activities, or OTAs. â€śHeâ€™s still an avid football fan, obviously. He likes to stay up to date with whatâ€™s going on around the league and his sons are close in age to my sons. So itâ€™s nice to get together with them.â€ť
Jon Gruden, the former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, said after the practice that he sees â€śa little bitâ€ť of himself in his brotherâ€™s coaching style.
â€śHeâ€™s always been a better player than me and a better coach,â€ť Jon Gruden said. â€śAnd he puts his spin on things, like we all do. No two people are alike. But this is a great global franchise. This is a tremendous responsibility and a great opportunity for him. I just like the fact that heâ€™s working as hard as he can. Heâ€™s accumulated a good coaching staff. At the end of the day, everybody gets what they deserve.â€ť
Jon Gruden predicted good things for his brother in working with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Gruden said that Griffin is â€śobviously way ahead of the game physically,â€ť and added: â€śLast year he was hurt at this time. Itâ€™ll be a real interesting thing to see how he likes this new offense and how he performs in it. Iâ€™ve got a lot of confidence in him, personally.â€ť
He said heâ€™s available as a potential sounding board for Jay, if needed.
â€śHeâ€™s been an assistant of mine for several years,â€ť said Jon Gruden, for whom Jay worked in Tampa. â€śSo we leaned on each other over the last 15 years or so since weâ€™ve been in coaching. If he ever needs a piece of advice or some help, Iâ€™ll certainly do the best I can to give it to him. But heâ€™s got to take his expertise — heâ€™s with these guys every day — and use the staff that heâ€™s accumulated and work through them.â€ť
Jay Gruden said he might have his brother address the Redskins players Thursday.
â€śItâ€™s good to have him here,â€ť he said. â€śHeâ€™s a good presence. Hopefully weâ€™ll have him talk to the team tomorrow and pick his brain some after practice and play a little golf.â€ť
Jon Gruden, now an analyst on ESPNâ€™s â€śMonday Night Footballâ€ť telecasts, acknowledged it will be a bit different to work his brotherâ€™s games, now that Jay is a head coach.
â€śIâ€™ve done it and heâ€™s been offensive coordinator against the Steelers and against the Ravens,â€ť Jon Gruden said. â€śIt certainly will be [different]. Iâ€™m just trying to take care of my job. Iâ€™ve already been fired. Iâ€™m just trying to hang on to the job I can and I know heâ€™s trying to do the same.â€ť
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