The Grudens know what rejection feels like.
On Tuesday, Raiders boss Jon Gruden, older brother of ex-Washington head coach Jay Gruden, showed sympathy to his newly-fired sibling.
“I’m obviously very disappointed for my brother. It was a long night, last couple of nights,” Jon said during a press conference. "He worked hard. Got a lot of respect for my brother. Obviously, disappointed for him getting fired.
“My dad’s (Jim Gruden) been fired, I’ve been fired. Jay’s been fired and uh welcome to the club, bro.”
Jon referred to his being fired from his head coaching gig with the Buccaneers following the 2008 season. In the seven years he spent in Tampa Bay, he had led the Bucs to four winning seasons (12-4 in ’02, 11-5 in ’05, 9-7 in ’07 and ’08), the first of which ended with a Super Bowl title ('02).
Jay’s tenure with Washington lasted less than six seasons. He was booted as the team’s HC on Monday after an embarrassing Week 5 loss to the Patriots — which netted the Pat’s QB Tom Brady another record in the all-time passing yards list — and put Washington in an 0-5 hole on the season.
Though the younger Gruden brother was brought to Washington for his offensive prowess — when he worked as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator, he improved the team to be the sixth-highest in scoring in the league ('13). But he had only helped Washington to two winnings seasons during his time in D.C. — 9-7 in ’15 and 8-7-1 in ’16.
The two worked together with the Bucs, but Jon was mum about whether he had another job for his brother.