Jon Gruden says he’s a “good person,” hopes to get another shot

Chicago Bears v Las Vegas Raiders
Getty Images

Former Buccaneers and Raiders coach Jon Gruden has kept a low profile for nearly 11 months. He no longer is.

Appearing, for some reason, at the Little Rock Touchdown Club, Gruden addressed the circumstances that ended his coaching career, while also making it clear he wants to coach again.

“I’m not going to say anything but honest things here,” Gruden said. “I’m ashamed about what has come about in these emails. And I’ll make no excuses for it. It’s shameful. But, I am a good person. I believe that. I go to church. I’ve been married for 31 years. I’ve got three great boys. I still love football. I’ve made some mistakes, but I don’t think anybody in here hasn’t. And I just ask for forgiveness, and hopefully I get another shot.”

Question: Has anyone ever confessed publicly to being a bad person? Or would even the worst of the bad still tell the world they are good? Also, if simply going to church and/or avoiding divorce for 31 years is any sort of good-person litmus test, heaven may be a lot more crowded than expected.

Gruden also commented on the media. Specifically, he took a shot at the four-letter network that paid him a high-seven figure salary for nearly 10 years.

“There’s a lot of misunderstanding out there right now,” Gruden said. “What you read. What you hear. What you watch on TV. Hell, I worked at ESPN for nine years. I worked hard at that job. I don’t even wanna watch the channel anymore. Because I don’t believe everything is true. And I know a lot of it is just trying to get people to watch.”

Though he didn’t use the “W” word, Gruden was clearly in that ballpark. Whether he’ll ever be back on the sidelines of a football stadium remains to be seen. College, if he’s willing to deal with kids that young and inexperienced, is possible.

The NFL remains a pipe dream, especially after he sued both the league and its Commissioner for leaking the emails that forced him out of the league. Also, he didn’t exactly thrive in three-plus seasons back with the Raiders after a nine-year break.

112 responses to “Jon Gruden says he’s a “good person,” hopes to get another shot

  1. If he had a better coaching history I am sure some team would hire him, but since he is average at best who would want to deal with the backlash of his racist comments?

  2. Though he didn’t use the “W” word, Gruden was clearly in that ballpark.
    —————————————————-
    I don’t know if my brain isn’t working right or if I’m just not the most intelligent person, though it’s probably some combination of both. But can someone let me know what the W word is? I can’t figure it out for the life of me

  3. Suing the league didn’t stop Brian Flores from getting another job. Very quickly, too.

  4. Didn’t I just finish reading an article on how all of the Gruden 1st rnd picks for the last 2 years are currently out of the league or under arrest? Also, that the 4th overall pick from 2019 hasn’t started a game since 2020?

    Gruden is an overrated loudmouth who is given more props than he deserves because he’s comical loudmouth who is entertaining.

    If he didn’t share a haircut with Mark Davis he would’ve had to find another media gig after getting axed at ESPN.

  5. I still think people deserve second chances. What transpired clearly was not his best moment as a person, but like he says we’ve all made mistakes and most of us, check that, ALL OF US have judged someone for something whether it’s skin color, religion, sexual orientation, decision making, etc. It’s human nature to judge each other, but we can’t let it affect how we TREAT others

  6. As long as it’s not with my team, I’m in favor of him getting another chance, and another, and another — wreck the competition, one franchise at a time.

  7. Off field aside, I think I would have better luck drafting than he did by throwing darts at a draft board.

  8. Talk about perfect timing, Jon! Our Pee Wee team just lost their coach and we’ve got a group of serious five-year-old grinders who are hungry for some leadership!

  9. Gruden should build a new team with Alex Leatherwood, Gareon Conley, Damon Arnette, Henry Ruggs AND JaMarcus Russell, just to make him pay for what he did to this franchise. And Mark Davis needs to be slapped for hiring him to a 10 year contract.

  10. When will we as a society learn that the invasion of privacy is a far worse offense then what one says in private. These where emails to friends and we all have things we have said to friends that aren’t meant for the rest of the world, that is how you know if your friends are any good, they don’t air out your garbage.

  11. I want to publicly state.. I am a bad person…that being said if I was this kbad of a guy I’d keep my head down n my mouth shut. Aside from the emails w/l record n draft history are proff the game has passed him by.

  12. Witchhunt maybe?

    cowboysmb3dw28 says:
    August 30, 2022 at 5:43 pm
    Though he didn’t use the “W” word, Gruden was clearly in that ballpark.
    —————————————————-
    I don’t know if my brain isn’t working right or if I’m just not the most intelligent person, though it’s probably some combination of both. But can someone let me know what the W word is? I can’t figure it out for the life of me

  13. “W” word is “witch-hunt”. He is claiming that ESPN is on a witch-hunt to make him look like a bad guy for content.

  14. Nope and nope. I’ve never played or coached football but I’d have a better chance…

  15. Say what you want, but that dumboriss Smith Michelin tire line was one of the funniest things I’ve read. In fact I’m looking it up again to laugh at it some more hahahahaha

  16. Question: Has anyone ever confessed publicly to being a bad person?

    Yes Mickey Mantel.

    ‘All you have to do is look at me and see where my life was wasted,’
    ‘I want to get across to the kids not to drink or do drugs. Mom and dad should be the role models. That’s what I think. ‘I was given so much and I blew it.’
    ‘don’t be like me.’

  17. Witchhunt maybe?

    cowboysmb3dw28 says:
    August 30, 2022 at 5:43 pm
    Though he didn’t use the “W” word, Gruden was clearly in that ballpark.
    —————————————————-
    I don’t know if my brain isn’t working right or if I’m just not the most intelligent person, though it’s probably some combination of both. But can someone let me know what the W word is? I can’t figure it out for the life of me

    00Rate This
    ———————————————————
    That makes sense in the context if that’s what he means. Idk why he didn’t just say that.. Thank you!

  18. Best sign that someone is not a good person, they tell you that they’re a good person. Please go away King of Mediocrity.

  19. A good person? That’s a mistake a lot of people make. There are some that really try to be a good person, and they do some really good things. But in truth we’re all selfish. Think we’re better than most…
    None are good, not one. We’re all 0-10.

  20. BuckyBadger says:
    August 30, 2022 at 5:47 pm
    When will we as a society learn that the invasion of privacy is a far worse offense then what one says in private. These where emails to friends and we all have things we have said to friends that aren’t meant for the rest of the world, that is how you know if your friends are any good, they don’t air out your garbage.

    ****************************************

    I don’t know what you do but when I want to share private thoughts with friends I don’t send email to their work address. Yanno, that being an email account that doesn’t belong to them.

  21. bottom line- Raiders made the playoffs last year. Time will tell in 2022. Still waiting on the final 53

  22. Can’t see him getting back in the pros, but I can see him coaching college ball.

    Especially with their new mercenary model.

  23. “W” word is “witch-hunt”. He is claiming that ESPN is on a witch-hunt to make him look like a bad guy for content.
    ==========

    Which is funny, considering ESPNs complete and total lack of credibility at this point.

  24. The character of a person is determined when nobody is watching. He didn’t think anybody was watching. Now, we know, and you don’t change the spots in a leopard.

  25. Was really looking like he was going to do the smart thing and just quietly enjoy the piles of money he’d accumulated over his career while suing the heck out of the league for the foreseeable future. Popping off for no reason and publicly campaigning for work already are the opposite of two-thirds of the smart thing…

  26. USFL ??? Or the ROCKS springtime lesgue? Win BIG there and the NFL will bring you back

  27. Maxx Crosby, Renfrow, Kolton Miller, Hobbs, Waller, Jacobs, Moehrig, sticking with Carr and an improved record each season in his second Raiders stint. He had some high profile draft misses but got some absolute gems too that he doesn’t get credit for. Sad that we didn’t get to see Gruden 2.0 through to fruition. I don’t think he’s a great talent evaluator overall but he’s a great coach and good guy. Sad what the NFL and woke media did to him over some private, years old emails.

  28. Someone cue up the early 90s Al Franken clip doing Stuart Smalley with the daily affirmation into the mirror.

    “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

  29. Any time I hear someone say “I go to Church ‘ to prove they’re a good person , I think the exact opposite.

  30. Gruden can actually coach, his schemes work, but he desperately needs to groom a younger coach (like Jay did) and allow them to be the play caller. He’s way too conservative and sucks in the red zone. He is also horrible at judging talent and should have zero imput on player personnel.

  31. Ruggs, Abram, Arnette, Ferrell, Leatherwood, Drake’s contract…you were a personnel disaster. I don’t care if you’re innocent of all accusations, you should be nowhere near a professional football team after what you did during your second go around with the Raiders.

  32. I’m no fan of the guy as he’s overrated as a coach, broadcaster, and evaluator of talent (name a qb that he drafted and successfully developed into a starter). So much for the qb guru label.

    That aside, one can only wonder what else has been said in league emails with coaches and league personnel. The guy was a target, and you have to ask yourself what does Snyder have on Roger Goodell or the other owners?

  33. Yet the hypocrite NFL aligns with known racist Jay z who has used racial slurs again whites in his music, yet that’s completely acceptable.

  34. nite2al says:
    August 30, 2022 at 5:44 pm
    He needs a publicist like Lamar needs an agent!
    —————-
    DHopkins negotiated his own contract extension with the Cards. It was the largest non-QB contract ever at the time. It also has a no trade and no tag clause. I’m sure he needed an agent though. He could’ve got more. Right?

  35. Jeffrey Dahmer was also a pretty good person who was ashamed of certain things. I believe he attended church as well coach

  36. Watson is still around and making millions. Has he ever said he’s a bad person? And, Mike, who are you to judge?

  37. I miss Gruden during the draft, interviewing potential players. I miss his overall NFL antics. I miss him being part of the NFL, coaching or in broadcast. I understand why he might never come back, but I for one, hope he does. Worse people, making much worse mistakes, have gotten a second shot to redeem themselves. He should, as well.

  38. wonder what would happen if everyone else in the nfl was held to the same standards…
    .
    no i dont… i know….there would be no more NFL.
    .
    gruden is just a good, overpaid, scapegoat….

  39. I believe he deserves a second chance. I also believe he will only be a good person if he admits he needs to change his racist ways and is taking efforts to do so. Going to church, remaining married and just eating it out do not count as reasonable efforts to become enlightened. Not woke, just viewing folks as equals.

  40. Can’t love coaching Too much if he spent 15 years avoiding it to stay in the booth, unless That is the second chance he’s really wanting

  41. The chances of Gruden coming back are slim to none. Rush Limbaugh was blacklisted by the league for saying a lot less than what was on Gruden’s emails.

  42. Let me get this straight, if Gruden showed his bigotry and misogyny in an open press conference, it would be okay to paint him as a bad guy. But since his privacy “may” have been invaded, he’s still great guy because that should have never happened. He is the same scummy guy!! You people are weird. I hope none of find out your best bud is a sex offender by accidentally opening his mail.

  43. As a 43 year old white guy in the trades, I suggest to you all – tell your friends, uncles, fathers and every other smooth brain you know – stop saying the n-word. It’s never ok, never a joke, the black people around you don’t want to hear it even if they chuckle or say it’s ok. You deserve to be fired, cancelled, slapped and some more if you say it. There’s too many good people hurt from it, even if you only mean to offend some scary kid that gave you an attitude. Don’t be a loser like Gruden!

  44. What Gruden did is minuscule compared to what these owners get away with. However, I don’t see a scenario where an owner hires Gruden. He’s been blackballed from the NFL for life.

  45. Gruden would not deserve a job whether he is a good man, a bad man, or something in between. Gruden clearly is one thing: a man without any discernible talent for coaching football. He’s not going to get another NFL job, period. If he’s made reasonably sound investments with the ample funds he made broadcasting and coaching, he doesn’t need any more money. As Mike points out, thinking you’re the bee’s knees because you go to church and have been married a long time is a bit much. Plenty of bad actors fit that description.

  46. Didn’t Jimmy Swaggart (televangelist ) go on tv back in the day and cry and confess that he had Sinned. He went to church. Dude ask for forgiveness pause the wait awhile before you ask for you job back.

  47. The one question I’ve never seen an answer on is “Why did the NFL leak his emails”? What purpose did it serve for the league? I just don’t understand what the league’s motive was behind the leak. There has to be a reason. Any ideas why PFT?

  48. donnymacjack says:
    August 30, 2022 at 7:14 pm
    The one question I’ve never seen an answer on is “Why did the NFL leak his emails”? What purpose did it serve for the league? I just don’t understand what the league’s motive was behind the leak. There has to be a reason. Any ideas why PFT?

    00Rate This

    —————-

    Because Mark Davis refused to fire Gruden.

    How is this not understood?

  49. This will keep him out more than what being a good or bad guy:

    One of the NFL’s open secrets is that Jon Gruden is horrible at personnel decisions.

    Yes, Mayock was the GM but Gruden had final say over the roster. Of course, Mayock rightfully comes off looking terrible here, too.

    #Raiders first-round picks from 2019-2021:

    2021: Alex Leatherwood: Cut
    2020: Henry Ruggs III: Cut
    2020: Damon Arnette: Cut
    2019: Clelin Ferrell: 5th year declined.
    2019: Josh Jacobs: 5th year declined.
    2019: Johnathan Abram: 5th year declined.

  50. Reading these pathetic comments, it’s not at all shocking that people who sympathize with bigots think they deserve a second chance.

  51. How do you define a “good person”? I’d rather look at it as a percentage. What percent of presidents in U.S. history were better people than Jon Gruden? Less than 50% easy. How about CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies? Have they done what Gruden has done to employ black people? Probably not as well as Gruden. What about the rest of us? How does Gruden compare to the average human being? Again, he’s easily in the top half. What about football coaches? Wasn’t Gruden the coach who employed the first gay player? He’s obviously not the hater that a lot of us are. He’s had a lot of black assistants go on to become head coaches. If you listened in on all of our private conversations over the last 15 years, what percentage of us would be considered worse than Gruden? Probably a lot more than 50%. I’m not trying to say anyone is a perfect human being. In fact, I’ve never met one. I’ve met some that I thought were better than others. If we think the world is a better place by picking on Jon Gruden, maybe we’re the haters. America didn’t become a great nation by denying people an opportunity to work. Jon Gruden is one of the best coaches in NFL history. He’s one of the few coaches to win a championship without a HOF QB. A lot of the “greatest” coaches have never done that. Again, you can be a hater and wish bad things on anyone. But are haters good people? Look in the mirror and ask yourself, are you a hater?

  52. “a lot of it is just trying to get people to watch.” …Gruden, after almost a decade working for a TV network, finally understands the basis for literally ALL TELEVISION PROGRAMMING (including the NFL!).

  53. Uh, yeah, the “I go to church” line is one of the worst and most overused in the history of mankind.

    People who play that card are the ones I trust the least.

  54. We are at the point where when you write or say anything, you have have to ask yourself if you would be comfortable broadcasting it to the world.

  55. Look what happened to the Bucs when Monte Kiffin announced he was leaving. Team nose-dived.

    His time at ESPN? “This guy is incredible! He’s one of the greatest ever!” Only the Josh Freeman game rendered him speechless.

    Your time has passed coach. You’re too toxic for the NFL, and I doubt a college would hire you. Think parents want to let their kids be around you, wondering what you’re saying behind their backs?

    Retire. Enjoy the riches you’ve been paid.

  56. So it’s okay for Deshawn Watson to get a second chance but not Jon Gruden??? Seems like a pretty big double standard to me.

  57. Read to my 12 yr old son, his reaction, “sounds like a cringy youtube apology”
    awesome line: If simply going to church and/or avoiding divorce for 31 years is any sort of good-person litmus test, heaven may be a lot more crowded than expected.

  58. I am 100% certain that the only difference between Gruden and every player and coach in the league is that we’ve seen his emails.

    I’d bet good money that every player and coach in the league has as bad or worse in their private messages. Throw a dart at a team roster and you’d hit someone who’d be canceled tomorrow if their messages were made public.

  59. Only 1 shot? I suggest he set up a whole row of shots daily, until he comes to terms with what a jerk he was(is?)

  60. “Good person”… yeah right. I have a friend that knows him well, plays golf with him and more. He’s hired him for speeches for his company, the dude has a mistress in every NFL city, guess his wife doesn’t care as long as the checks are coming in

  61. I am pulling for him. He didn’t say anything everyone else hasn’t said at some point in time, including those who are offended by it.

  62. mongonation says:
    August 30, 2022 at 6:52 pm
    Belichick might retire after this season so he should go for the New England job

    ———-

    Oh please God no

  63. I can only imagine if every single Congressman and senator, every NFL player, NBA player, (for sure), every NFL coach and media, our president and his creepy son, all of Hollywood, if all of those people got all their emails and texts “leaked” by the government or powerful group or person, can you just imagine the fallout? Countless politicians would be forced to resign. Several Hollywood people would never be allowed to work again. And of course, how about all of us commenters? It’s safe to assume there’s emails and texts, if they were all “leaked”, you’d be running for cover. I know Iv got emails that I wouldn’t want exposed. I wouldn’t want my inner thoughts exposed. If any of you are saying, go ahead Iv got nothing to hide. Ya right, suuuuure you don’t.

  64. Gruden is called Chuckie because he looks like the evil Chuckie doll and people think that is OK, But; let him say something about somebody else looking like an advertising character and it is wrong. That ain’t right

  65. Perhaps he deserves another chance, given that he turned the Raiders around so quickly into a league powerhouse…oh…wait.

  66. I believe he deserves a second chance. For goodness sake, there’s a serial sexual harraser playing qb for the Browns, but a few emails gets Gruden banned from the league? After a decades long career?

  67. The media builds them up, then the media tears them down. He has done it himself, now it’s being done to him. Nothing to see here.

  68. There isn’t a single person on these boards or the internet overall that hasn’t used that language in private. Some use it more than others. Some use it to be demeaning and hurtful. Some use that language in anger. Not everyone is dumb enough to use it in email. But Gruden is a football coach, not a HR director. A meathead? Sure. Doesn’t deserved to be cancelled over it.

  69. Imagine private conversations being used against you. Sad world we live in. Everyone has skeletons, especially if someone shares your private conversations. I think theirs is why most support him. Ya, said some bad stuff, but it was private. That should count for something. Most people in how act a lot differently by themselves, and have much different language with people that they know and trust than they do in public. But again, 2022…

  70. He’s not getting another NFL job, but he can be a head coach in the XFL or USFL. Or HC at a desperate university.

  71. He clearly has some insight on what was going on with Washington – given the media interest, why not spill it? Or is that what he’s leveraging for another shot?
    I do think he may coach again, he has more than a few people who worked for him as HCs right now in McVay, Shanahan, Hackett and Tomlin (not a bad list) – but for God sakes put him on a cruise ship to Austrailia during Draft Week. I still would like to know if Mayock’s “info” was good and Gruden just chose “his kind of guys” or if the evals were terrible. Consistently terrible.

  72. It is a shame that anyone can lose their careers over something they wrote or said. Disagree or not with them for it. Rude, insensitive or even ignorant and hateful. We have become a country of whiny babies who cannot handle others thoughts and opinions. Sheer ignorance. Maybe, he should have sexually assaulted a few dozen woman and he would still have a job in the NFL. Or maybe beaten up his wife or something. But no matter what you can’t use hurtful language. I disagree with him. I think he is ignorant for his thoughts and what he wrote and said. He is also an extremely overrated coach who won a SB with a team he did not build. But he has every right to be all of those things.

  73. Start a podcast and see how many subscribers you get. Maybe that will be the wake up call you need.

  74. Ruined by the worst run, full of scandals and corruption in the league. the Raiders are a complete disaster, Gruden will be laughing at the raiders when they’re 1-5 in week 6.

  75. Well the National Slimeball League will surely welcome him back. Seems like anybody connected with the NFL can do and say anything the want and still be welcomed back with open arms.

  76. Your time has passed coach. You’re too toxic for the NFL, and I doubt a college would hire you. Think parents want to let their kids be around you, wondering what you’re saying behind their backs?
    ==========

    Wait until UCLA goes 3-8 4 years in a row. In the ‘new’ NCAA, somebody is going to give this guy a shot to get Ws.

    And do we care what college kids think anymore? Abandoning their commitments at the drop of a hat?

  77. Being a good talent evaluator would probably help him more then being a good person.

  78. Gruden is like George Lucas. Lucas had too many yes men around him when he made the Star Wars prequels, and they are partly a failure, like when Gruden hired Paul Guenther as his defensive coordinator, that was a big mistake.

  79. If they can give Deshaun, Big Ben, Vick, etc more chances, they can give this guy another chance.

  80. He lost me at ‘I go to church.’ Start with ‘I respect others’ and you’ll have my attention.

  81. Gruden is like George Lucas. Lucas had too many yes men around him when he made the Star Wars prequels, and they are partly a failure, like when Gruden hired Paul Guenther as his defensive coordinator, that was a big mistake.
    ==========

    I’d love to ‘fail’, while generating a anything that made $billions.

  82. frodo says:
    August 31, 2022 at 9:41 am
    Gruden is like George Lucas. Lucas had too many yes men around him when he made the Star Wars prequels, and they are partly a failure, like when Gruden hired Paul Guenther as his defensive coordinator, that was a big mistake.

    ——————————————————————————————–2.562 billion dollars were made on the prequels. What a dumpster fire. They should be ashamed.

  83. frodo says:
    August 31, 2022 at 9:41 am
    Gruden is like George Lucas. Lucas had too many yes men around him when he made the Star Wars prequels, and they are partly a failure, like when Gruden hired Paul Guenther as his defensive coordinator, that was a big mistake.
    __________________

    All of the Star Wars prequels made hundreds of millions of dollars. They were not failures in anyway.

    Lucas is a genius. Comparing him to Gruden is an insult.

  84. If D. Watson can become the highest paid QB after his massagegate fiasco, Gruden should be able to get another NFL job again.

  85. Mas tequila! says:
    August 31, 2022 at 9:36 am
    And do we care what college kids think anymore? Abandoning their commitments at the drop of a hat?
    ____________

    Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly had commitments. Are you going to bash them?

    College players are finally gaining the freedom that other students and the adult workforce have always had. If you don’t like your situation move someplace where you you may.

  86. denbronx says:
    August 30, 2022 at 6:26 pm
    You only get a 2nd chance if you grope 28 women.

    ———
    The Raiders already gave him a 2nd chance

  87. lawrence stacy says:
    August 31, 2022 at 7:20 am
    It is a shame that anyone can lose their careers over something they wrote or said. Disagree or not with them for it. Rude, insensitive or even ignorant and hateful. We have become a country of whiny babies who cannot handle others thoughts and opinions. Sheer ignorance….I disagree with him. I think he is ignorant for his thoughts and what he wrote and said. He is also an extremely overrated coach who won a SB with a team he did not build. But he has every right to be all of those things.
    __________

    Doesn’t sound like you disagree with him. Sounds like you are defending him.

    No one has a right to be rude, insensitive, and hateful. Those are qualities that should not be tolerated in civilized society.

  88. So why did Flores get another gig and Gruden in your words probably won’t? Didn’t they both sue the league? It makes you wonder.

  89. The fact that he documented his stupidity tells me all I need to know about his judgement and hubris.

  90. Jon Gruden>Deshaun Watson

    IF the NFL plans will let Watson play in the league again one day after sexual abuse of multiple women, They should let Gruden back over hurting some players ‘feelings!’

  91. Jon Gruden would be a value add to many teams. Head Coach: not sure, but a D Coordinator, perhaps. Absolutely.

  92. I think the Deshaun Watson comparison is fair. Compare what they both did and how they’ve been treated.

    I certainly think what Gruden did is not near as bad as Watson and probably no worse than the majority of the NFL have done in private.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.