Per a report from Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, the Saints brought in ex-Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden in to provide some input on the Carr-led offense.
During the midst of the 2021 season, Gruden resigned after previous emails he wrote had been leaked. The emails, dated between 2011 and 2018, including homophobic, misogynistic and racist slurs/tropes.
Gruden’s first head coaching stint with the Raiders lasted from 1998 to 2001. He was then traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason, fittingly leading the franchise to a Super Bowl 37 appearance against his former team in the 2002 season.
The Bucs humiliated the Raiders in the big game, earning Gruden his first Super Bowl ring. He was fired after a disappointing 2008 season and later moved into ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” commentary booth.
After the 2017 season, owner Mark Davis handed Gruden a 10-year contract worth $100 million to return to coaching. Las Vegas went 22-31 over Gruden’s three seasons and a bit there in Sin City, though they wound up making the playoffs under interim HC Rich Bisaccia following Gruden’s resignation.
Carr was the Raiders’ quarterback for the entirety of Gruden’s second coaching stint with the organization. Following his release from Las Vegas, Carr signed a four-year contract with New Orleans in free agency.
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