February 3, 2011 by staff
Jay Gruden, Jay Gruden (born March 4, 1967 in Tampa, Florida) is a football coach and quarterback. He is currently the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals and has been head coach of the Florida Tuskers League Soccer United. Gruden is also the brother of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and current Monday Night Footballanlyst Jon Gruden.
Gruden four-year letterman at Louisville (1985-1988). He finished his collegiate career with 7,024 yards passing; completing 572 of 1,049 passes for 44 touchdowns. The four stats still rank in the top five in Cardinals history. As a senior, Gruden led the team to an 8-3 mark, there first winning season in 10 years
Gruden attended George D. Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla., where he played quarterback for the heads of head coach Billy Turner.
Gruden started his coaching career as offensive coordinator for the Nashville Kats in 1997. Then in 1998 he became head coach of the Orlando Predators, the main rival of the Tampa Bay Storm. He won ArenaBowl titles in 1998 and 2000 as head coach. There are not retired and started playing in 2002, this time for the Predators, but retired again and returned to head coaching when his replacement, Fran Papasedero, died after the 2003 season. Gruden has a career record of 93-61 overall AFL, including a record of 11-7 in the playoffs.
From 2002 to 2008 he also served as assistant offensive to Tampa Bay in the National Football League under his brother, head coach Jon Gruden. He left after Jon was fired following the 2008 season.
In 2009, while the Predators have a break before the folding of the AFL, he was chosen to be the offensive coordinator Jim Haslett the head coach for the Tuskers Florida League Soccer United. Under his contract he was not allowed to remain head coach of the Predators. Instead, former Predators quarterback Pat O’Hara, who led the team to two ArenaBowls he won when Gruden was head coach, was hired in his place.
In 2010, he was named head coach after the departure of Tuskers Haslett staff to join Mike Shanahan with the Washington Redskins.
The Cincinnati Bengals hired Jay Gruden, younger brother of former NFL coach Jon Gruden, their offensive coordinator position.
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora first reported the hiring was imminent Thursday morning.
“We are delighted to have Jay join us and give us a new offensive direction,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Head. “He proved himself a consistent winner in a variety of positions and earned many respect in the coaching profession. It will provide energy and attacking style that best suit our player’s offensive skills and a quarter.
“It’s something I wanted to do things, take the time to make the best decision,” Lewis said, “I appreciate the support I received from (Bengals president) Mike Brown in the process. L The offense is where we need to show improvement, and when we do, we will show that this team is ready to win the division again as we did a year ago. Our defense is solid and continues to s’ improve, and one thing we did in 2010 was to develop a number of promising new players. Jay is an essential complement to that process. ”
Gruden has been on the staff of his brother Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002-08 as an assistant offensive. He contributed to three championship seasons of the division, including the 2002 campaign that saw the defeat of Bucs 48-21 Oakland to a victory in Super Bowl 3plxVII.
It guides a Bengals offense that finished 20th in the league in total offense (322 yards per game) and 22 points (20.1).
“I expect great things with the Bengals,” Jay Gruden said. “I intend to bring a good attitude and work ethic. We will build off the strength of this offense developed and to add a system to challenge everyone in the building. I thank Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown, for this opportunity and I look forward to working with a highly offensive. “
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