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January 17, 2011

Williams: Gruden can help Panthers

    While most of Panthers coaching candidate Jay Gruden's work has been in the Arena League, those who know him said there's no doubt his skills would translate to the NFL. 

    The brother of former Oakland and Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden interviewed with the Panthers over the weekend, and told co-workers he expects to know something soon. The younger Gruden has been working in the UFL the last two seasons, and is slated to be the head coach of the Virginia Detroyers if he doesn't end up with a job here.

    Destroyers GM (and former Tampa Bay and Washington quarterback) Doug Williams said he hasn't talked to Jay Gruden since Friday, when they shared a connecting flight to Charlotte.

    "I just texted his brother Jon, and told him if I lose Jay, he needs to come replace his brother," Williams joked.

    Williams said while the majority of Jay Gruden's experience has been indoors, he's been impressed with his work in the UFL, along with the time he spent on his brother's Bucs staff.

    "I have to disagree with calling him an Arena guy," Williams said. "I've known him and his family a long time, and he's a good football coach.  When you look at what he did with the Tuskers (as OC in 2009 and head coach in 2010), and you look at coaches like Jim Fassel, Chris Palmer and Denny Green, he's coached against all of them and won.

    "He's comfortable being the coach of the Virginia Destroyers, but just like players, if the opportunity to jump to the NFL is there, you're going to pursue it."

    Williams laughed when asked about the personality differences between Jon and Jay, acknowledging that Jon's clearly the character in the family.

    "They're obviously two very different people, Jon's more of a polarizing guy," Williams said. "Jon's just ate up with football, and you can see it in his face. Jay's ate up with football too, he just doesn't show it the same way.

    "Jon is the radar, but Jay would rather fly under the radar. And you know what, he's pretty good at coaching football too."

-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on January 17, 2011 at 10:08 AM | Permalink


I have read both articles on the Jay Gruden interview, but no mention of what Offensive coaching position he is being considered for. Do we know?

Posted by: sc ken | Jan 17, 2011 10:34:25 AM

Its QB coach... Should be a darn good one too!!!!

Posted by: Tyler | Jan 17, 2011 10:53:01 AM

QB coach should be good bcuz i wherre he coached in the arena league i think it is hardered to be QB bcuz they r tighter windows to throw in so he will be great pick up

Posted by: RH67 | Jan 17, 2011 11:36:04 AM

Better than the last one we had,thats for sure...

Posted by: Tman | Jan 17, 2011 12:25:41 PM

That info is based on an article from carolinagrowl.com, its a great panther fan website. check it out.

Posted by: Tyler | Jan 17, 2011 1:06:47 PM

it seems like ever since we hired that last idiot q.b coach all our q.bs became wildly innacurate, especially wild high. i really saw it with jake and moore.

Posted by: dazray | Jan 17, 2011 1:45:28 PM

Thanks guys for the info that was left out of the article. QB Coach is the answer. I look forward to seeing who we hire in all the assistant positions.
As an aside after watching the playoff games of the past two weeks, I have a couple of observations:
1) The NFC South is not as strong as I thought it was.
2) Without a "Franchise QB" we are unlikely to go deep into the playoffs anytime soon.
3) We have a lot of holes to fill on both sides of the ball to compete with this years playoff teams. Injuries aside, we are going to need many new bodies to become competitive again. We will have to be patient.

Final thought-Atlanta's season kind of mirrored our 2008 season/playoff!

Posted by: sc ken | Jan 17, 2011 2:39:33 PM

As for him, sure, hire a Gruden why not, makes no sense and he has no legit NFL qb coach experience without his big brother nepotistically hiring him but...

As for McDermott and all this other coaching mess.. Rivera is being nepotistic-ish (like but not) at best. McDermott is a friend of our newly acquired panthers leader and that's IT! This guys has NO significant def. coord. experience, no true success doing it for 2 years and WE ALREADY HAVE A D COORDINATOR THAT'S COACHED IN A SUPERBOWL AND COACHED OUR UNDER TALENTED AND UNDERMANNED D TO ONE OF BETTER D'S IN THE LEAGUE! Why demote or replace him, tell ya what Rivera, how about this, take YOUR guy and make him a secondary coach, if meeks stinks it up with YOUR new D players and mentality, then guess what, you can replace him with your guy but don't cut you nose off despite your face. Either YOU run the D with your considerable experience and success or have Meeks do it.

Oh and please, please, please tell me you're looking at the one of the offensive coordinators in the playoffs and THAT is why you haven't mentioned or interviewed anyone. It would be great to get say... Brian Schottenheimer... if HE can coach up Sanchise and make him look good against the freakin PAT'S ... he's good enough for clausen and whoever else we get... oh and having a consistently good rushing attack like his... with our BETTER running backs... would be nice!

Posted by: handyman | Jan 17, 2011 3:58:04 PM

Please tell me you don't think the OC from the Jets is going to leave for the same position for the worst team in the league. If he was up for HC that might be a different question.

Posted by: JF | Jan 17, 2011 4:11:10 PM

Looks like Fox retained Tyke Tolbert and Dave Magazu. Skipper didn't go with him like a lot of people thought for what it's worth.

Posted by: huntergates | Jan 17, 2011 4:12:24 PM

Does that mean we may keep Skipper as Running Back Coach?

Posted by: sc ken | Jan 17, 2011 4:30:53 PM

To get Brian Shottenheimer as OC, we would have to make him ASST. Head Coach and give him a big raise!

Posted by: sc ken | Jan 17, 2011 4:34:27 PM

I like Meeks but Meeks is done because his defense was passive. He couldn't get a DC job anywhere else that's why he took the DB coach job. McDermott got screwed by loads of injuries, 3rd string rookies and players that didn't like that he wasn't Jim Johnson. He'll be fine and we'll be less predictable on defense.

Posted by: John | Jan 18, 2011 11:55:42 PM

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