Jim Gruden, Sr., father of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden, says Jay is more of a gut-check guy than Jon.
This comes courtesy of DC Sports Bog in today’s POST.
“Jon is the more emotional guy. Jay is more laid back. I’ve seen him lose his cool, of course. But Jon can flip the switch on in a second — Jay’s not like that. He doesn’t fly off the handle. He’s kind of a different dude from Jon.”
We’ve heard this from players, most recently from DeAngelo Hall whose first impression of Jay Gruden is that he is not as strict as Mike Shanahan was. Robert Griffin III sees Gruden as a breath of fresh air. No one is more in need of a reset than RG.
Owner Daniel Snyder sees the reflection of Jon’s Lombardi Trophy in Jay. Hog Heaven is convinced that his famous last name is one important reason why Gruden is here.
It’s Gruden’s honeymoon period ̶ that blissful time when all is right and success seems certain. Optimism is understandable, but lets see these guys play in Gruden’s system. Lets see Gruden’s style when the pressure is on and diva’s be like divas.
When reality does not meet expectation (and it rarely does), the problem is usually the expectation. Word.
That Jay keeps his cool better than Jon is good in one respect. Jon lost his cool with Keyshawn Johnson, going so far as to ban him from the Buccaneers during the season.
“When your psyche is messed with, and you don’t want to be around the organization or team, you just want to do whatever you can to get out of there,” Johnson said. “And that was the situation when I was under Coach [Jon] Gruden in Tampa.” ~ ProFootball Talk, Oct. 23, 2011
That’s something to think about with volatile DeSean Jackson on the roster. Jay was on Jon’s staff when that went down in 2002. What did he learn?
Jackson has something to prove this year. Hog Heaven expects Jackson’s chip-on-shoulder to last all season. His honeymoon will carry into 2015 or beyond. I’m hoping for beyond. Coach Gruden is too.
The Redskins face the Cowboys in Dallas Monday night, October 25. Jon Gruden is ESPN’s football analyst for the game. That should be fun.