Former Washington Football Team head coach and offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars Jay Gruden has never been one to mince words. The brother of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden will always speak his mind, and CBS color analyst and former Dallas Cowboys star QB Tony Romo found that out the hard way.
Gruden, who doesn’t have a job in the NFL right now after spending one season with the Jaguars, is one of the only people in America who isn’t impressed by Romo’s predictive skills in the CBS booth.
Jay Gruden went 35-49-1 as Washington’s head coach
Jay Gruden coached Washington for five and a half seasons before getting fired in the middle of the 2019 season. He went 35-49-1 as Washington’s head coach and led the team to the playoffs one time.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Gruden said Washington’s front office and scouts would spend significant time preparing for free agency and the draft, and then owner Daniel Snyder “would come in off his yacht and make the pick.”
With The Athletic, Gruden explained what he meant by that.
“Well, first and foremost, he is the owner, let’s get that square. So if he wants to come off his yacht, or if he wants to come off his tennis court, wherever he’s at and make a pick, he has that right,” Gruden told Ben Standig of The Athletic. “I always tell people that, hey, if you have a problem with the owner, then get yourself $5 (billion) or $6 billion and buy your own team. Until that time, he’s the boss. So if he wants to pick somebody, he can pick them. At the end of the day, that’s what you have to live with. That’s the case probably 50-60 percent of the teams in the NFL. Some owners are active, some owners aren’t active. The ones that are active, you have to live with the fact they’re going to make the ultimate decision, whether it’s a high-paid free agent, a free agent we let walk, or what have you.”
One of the reasons reporters enjoy talking to Gruden is because he doesn’t hold back during interviews. He’s always going to tell it like it is and will never pull any punches.
During his interview with The Athletic, Jay Gruden was asked if he has the same gift that Tony Romo has in calling plays before they happen. In typical Gruden fashion, Jay delivered a noteworthy soundbite.
Jay Gruden isn’t impressed by Tony Romo’s predictive skills
Since joining CBS as a color analyst, Tony Romo has called plays before they happen on several occasions, leaving fans speechless.
However, Jay Gruden isn’t impressed.
“I could do it every time. He’s only right like 30 percent of the time,” Gruden told The Athletic. “Those are usually pretty obvious, I mean (laughs). Nobody talks about the times when he’s wrong, but when he’s right, holy cow, he’s a genius. Oh, come on, man. Sure, it’s a run. Nope, it’s a pass. Sorry, I was wrong.”
Why is Gruden going after Romo? Does he have beef with the ex-Cowboys star? Maybe he is jealous of all the praise Romo gets for his predictive skills.
Tony Romo is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. As expected, NFL fans aren’t happy that Jay Gruden is going after him.
What is the former Washington coach going to do next?
Jay Gruden will probably be out of the NFL in 2021, as most teams have already filled their coaching spots. Surprisingly, Gruden wants to take the Tony Romo route and join a sports network to showcase his skills.
“I got a couple of things lined up. Maybe try my hand at commentating, studio, something like that,” Gruden told The Athletic. “If I can get lucky enough to get one of those jobs it would be great to keep alive in the football world. I love the game. Love to talk about the game, love to be part of it. Sitting out is not really an option, but if that’s what I have to do then I’ll have to do that for a year.”
Jay Gruden will never be as popular as Tony Romo, especially after his bashful comments. It will be interesting to see where he lands.