Anyone who’s been a football coach for a while has probably been fired at one point. Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden sure has, and now he empathizes with his brother.
Jay Gruden was fired by the Washington Redskins on Monday after an 0-5 start to the season. Jon, his older brother, commented on that move in a rather hilarious way.
“I’m obviously very disappointed for my brother,” Gruden said Tuesday, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “It was a long night, last couple of nights. He worked hard. Got a lot of respect for my brother. Obviously, disappointed for him getting fired.
“My dad’s been fired. I’ve been fired. Jay’s been fired and … welcome to the club, bro.”
There’s obviously sympathy here, but Gruden’s bluntness is correct. Even Bill Belichick has been fired before. It happens.
The good news for Jay? His brother could well have a job lined up for him pretty quickly if the rumors are true.