From Tiffin, Ohio, to Tampa Bay, Fla., to Louisville, Ky., to Barcelona to Sacramento, Calif., and back to Tampa. From Tampa to Nashville to Orlando, Fla., to Cincinnati to, finally, Washington, D.C. From the WLAF to the AFL to the NFL.
Take a look at Jay Gruden’s story through the eyes of graphic designer Chris Albright.
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One looming question has been answered at Redskins Park, but the players have plenty more.
In a press conference during his first day of work at the team’s Loudoun County facility, Jay Gruden said he has not named coordinators.
On Friday, players reacted to the news and spoke about their new coach in television and radio interviews.
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London Fletcher’s retirement has been well-covered in this space, but the coolest thing happened today.
According to his Instagram account, Fletcher’s teammates surprised him with the prettiest, if not the most accurate, edible commemoration of a 16-year football career I’ve ever seen.
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On the first day of his Redskins tenure, Jay Gruden has distinguished himself with his sense of humor.
For example, when Tarik El-Bashir asked Gruden if he had selected his offensive and defensive coordinators during the new coach’s introductory press conference, Gruden could have simply said, “No.”
He could have said, “No, that answer is kept in a lockbox in my new office which will only be opened if Bruce Allen and I use custom paired keys and turn counter clockwise at the same time.”
Instead, Gruden responded with levity when El-Bashir mentioned reports of tight ends coach Sean McVay earning a promotion to offensive coordinator. Read more »
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“I’m ready I guess.”
Jay Gruden was self-deprecating already.
The previous offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals stood in Daniel Snyder’s corner office at Redskins Park and answered the owner’s question. Three flat-screen televisions flashed football highlights.
Joey and Jack Gruden, the next line of a football family, shook hands with Snyder. J.J. Gruden was away at college. The boys wore ties to match their father, who chose a navy pinstriped suit, oxblood shoes and a white oxford shirt. His burgundy tie was adorned with white dots.
Three hours earlier he wore a gray Redskins sweatshirt and jeans to his first lunch at the facility’s dining hall, where they served chowder. When he was finished eating, Gruden walked out and stopped in an adjacent hallway. He paused to read the ‘60s section of a historic photo mural, eyeing pictures of Sam Huff and Bobby Mitchell.
“One word: Lombardi,” was written in plus-size print.
Gruden would soon be introduced as the 29th head coach of the Washington Redskins.
Back in Snyder’s office, he joked with Jack about his grades. He made small talk with his new boss while Sherry Gruden and Tanya Snyder exchanged pleasantries.
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As new Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden and Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen demonstrated Thursday night, it’s never a bad move to begin with a thank you.
Some of the classiest moves in a classy day for Gruden were the thank yous he delivered to his blood relations, football family and the center circle of that venn diagram.
Gruden began his statement with a shout out to wife Sherry, sons Joey, Jack and J.J. and mom Kathy, “the toughest Gruden of them all.” He thanked his dad Jim, whom he called a “football coach, a football man, a football person,” and, his brother Jim, who “taught me there’s things other than football that are important.”
The new coach thanked his older brother Jon, who gave him his first NFL job with the 2002 Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. Read more »
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As a man employed to type things on the internet, a man formerly employed to type things on the internet that sometimes were printed on dead trees, I like free things.
Free clothing from sporting event X marked up with more logos than Ricky Bobby’s stock car? Don’t mind if I do. Free food in the press box? I don’t care if it’s two-month old frozen potatoes. Let’s eat.
If Thursday’s press conference wasn’t indication enough, Jay Gruden gets it.
After fielding questions from the media from the podium, doing one-on-one sessions with TV reporters and hopping on the radio, Gruden visited the media work room at Redskins Park and endeared himself to the press in the best way.
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