Wearing a blue polo shirt and khakis, Gruden sat in the front row and to the far right of the camera, next to first-year Packers Coach Matt LaFleur. While 25 of his fellow coaches, including his brother, Jon, looked straight ahead, Gruden’s head was tilted down, his gaze apparently directed at the ground.
“Whatever Jay Gruden just realized, it wasn’t good,” CBS Sports senior writer Will Brinson joked on Twitter.
Others joined in on the fun, speculating about what Gruden had for breakfast — a gallon of raw milk like his quarterback, Colt McCoy, perhaps? — or what five years of coaching the Redskins could do to a man.
During his media session on Tuesday, Gruden offered a perfectly good explanation for what he was doing when the photo was taken.
“I was looking down because it was so bright, the sun,” he said. “So I was waiting for them to say ‘1, 2, 3,’ and then I was going to look up.”
NBC Sports Washington’s J.P. Finlay asked Gruden why he didn’t wear a Hawaiian shirt like Reid.
“I’m not as stylish,” Gruden said.
The shirt wasn’t Gruden’s problem. Next year, he should follow the lead of Browns Coach Freddie Kitchens or Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer and remember to don a cap or sunglasses on picture day.
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