The fallout around the Las Vegas Raiders organization is substantial after Jon Gruden resigned as head coach following the release of emails containing insensitive and offensive messages from a decade ago. The Raiders have inserted Rich Bisaccia as the interim head coach with the Denver Broncos on tap for Sunday in the first game of the post-Gruden era.
Tons of reactions have surfaced from across the league, with Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley delivering a unique response to the situation.
On the other hand, Washington Football Team defensive coordinator and former Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio had no sympathy for Gruden and ripped him apart on Thursday.
Jack Del Rio doesn’t hold back on Jon Gruden
The Washington defensive coordinator was the head coach of the Raiders from 2015-2017 before Gruden got the job. After that, Del Rio was out of the NFL before landing in Washington in 2020. Nonetheless, Del Rio was not at all pleased with how things unfolded regarding Gruden and let his true feelings be known (h/t Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press):
“It was, I guess, shocking. Embarrassingly bad for a person of that position, I think. To have those kind of thoughts and to express them like that, I don’t have much respect for him.”
Jack Del Rio on Jon Gruden’s emails
Del Rio got brutally honest about the situation, and this is much different than some of the other responses we have seen from NFL coaches. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, mentored by Gruden, also issued a statement and expressed his “sadness” about the situation.
The Washington irony rings true in a bizarre situation
The irony in this one is plentiful.
Del Rio was the head coach of the Raiders before Gruden took over. It was revealed that the Raiders had Gruden pegged as the head coach before Del Rio was even let go of at the position, per Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz of USA Today.
Moreover, Del Rio is currently the DC for the Washington Football Team, who themselves are under investigation for workplace misconduct — which is how the league came about the emails Gruden sent to then-Washington president Bruce Allen.
So, Del Rio has been on both sides of this table, and what a mess across the board as the investigation with Washington is ongoing and the Raiders are beginning life without Gruden after signing him to a monstrous 10-year contract.
The fallout from Gruden will be lengthy for the Raiders and everyone else involved
This situation won’t be going away anytime soon. To that point, neither will the one with the Washington Football Team.
As far as Gruden is concerned, his future as a coach — or even a return to ESPN — is likely over after everything that went down.
Both organizations will be under the microscope for some time, and Las Vegas has since named Rich Bisaccia as the interim head coach after a 3-2 start to the year. One can only imagine how tough it will be for this Raiders team to bounce back and find a way to focus on football.
Del Rio surely won’t be the last one to offer a reaction to the Gruden situation, but he had no issue expressing what was on his mind.
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