Jon Gruden reportedly resurfaced with an NFL team last week, more than a year after backlash from an email leak forced him to resign as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Gruden is helping Derek Carr familiarize himself with the Saints’ offense under head coach Dennis Allen, who served under the former head coach while the two were in Las Vegas, according to NOLA.com.
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The Raiders ran a West Coast offense when Gruden was the head coach. Carr has some familiarity with that, since the Saints run a similar offense.
«It’s a new system, new words, [but] a lot of similarities to things I grew up with and believe in,» Carr told NOLA.com. «It’s still a learning curve, but not as big as it might be in a different system or a different offense.»
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Las Vegas released Carr at the start of the offseason. He was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft and spent nine seasons with the organization. He had 35,222 passing yards with 217 touchdowns in that span. He has been to the Pro Bowl four times.
The Saints’ offense was in the doldrums last season. They finished 19th in yards gained and 22nd in points scored.
Gruden resigned from the Raiders after racist and misogynistic emails surfaced in 2021. He said in August that he was «ashamed» of them.
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«I’m embarrassed by what happened in these emails, and I won’t make excuses for it. It’s embarrassing,» Gruden said at the Little Rock Touchdown Club. «But I’m a good person. I believe that. I go to church. I’ve been married 31 years, I have three great kids, I still love football, I’ve made some mistakes, but I don’t believe.» no one here has not. And I just apologize, and I hope I get another chance.»