New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen stated he was not involved about any potential “backlash” he would possibly face after inviting former Los Angeles Raiders coach Jon Gruden to attend practices final week, greater than a 12 months and a half after an e mail leak compelled Gruden out of the league.
Following Tuesday’s OTA session, Allen stated Gruden was amongst a number of coaches who’ve visited the group, including the motivation behind the invitation was Gruden’s reference to quarterback Derek Carr.
“Obviously, Jon’s a guy that has a lot of experience with Derek, and Derek has had his most success under Jon Gruden,” Allen stated.
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“And, so, we felt like bringing him in, having a chance to sit down and visit with him as an offensive staff, with the quarterbacks and just getting some new thoughts and ideas of things we might be able to implement.”
Allen stated the go to from Gruden seemingly received’t end in any main overhaul of the group’s offensive technique.
“I would say, offensively, for a long time that I’ve been here, we’ve been pretty effective offensively. So, I don’t see us putting in a whole new offense or doing something dramatic. But if there’s a few ideas that we could take from that, we felt like that would be beneficial.”
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When pressed additional on if he was “worried” about any potential “backlash,” Allen dismissed the notion.
“No, look, you ask everybody that was involved, and they thought it was really beneficial for our football team,” he stated. “And, look, we’re going to look at any avenue that we can to try to improve. So that was one area we thought, just bringing him in and having the opportunity to sit down and visit with him would help us.”
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Gruden resigned from the Raiders in 2021 after an investigation into Washington’s office misconduct discovered that he despatched emails containing racist, misogynistic and homophobic language over the course of a 10-year interval.
He later apologized and stated he was “ashamed” of it.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.