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Jay Gruden

Jay Gruden
Washington Redskins
Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-03-04) March 4, 1967
Place of birth: Tiffin, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
Tampa (FL) George D. Chamberlain
College: Louisville
Undrafted in 1989
Debuted in 1991 for the Barcelona Dragons
Last played in 2003 for the Orlando Predators
Coaching debut in 1997 for the Nashville Kats
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena football statistics
Comp. / Att. 1,675 / 2,797
Passing yards 21,479
TD-INT 397-99
QB Rating 104.72
Rushing TD 5
Head coaching record
Regular season 82–54 (.603) (AFL)
5–3 (.625) (UFL)
3-10(.231) (NFL)
Postseason 11–7 (.611) (AFL)
0–1 (.000) (UFL)
Career record 93–61 (.604) (AFL)
5–4 (.556) (UFL)
3-10(.231) (NFL)
ArenaBowl wins 2 (1998 & 2000)
Stats at

Jay Michael Gruden (born March 4, 1967) is an American football coach and former quarterback who is currently the head coach of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). During his time in the Arena Football League, he won four ArenaBowls as a player and two more as a head coach. Gruden is the brother of former NFL head coach and current Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden.[1]

Early years

Gruden attended Tampa, Florida, where he played quarterback for the Chiefs under head coach Billy Turner.

College career

Gruden was a four-year letterman at Louisville (1985–1988).[2] He finished his collegiate career with 7,024 passing yards (as of 2013, fourth all-time for the school), completing 572 of 1049 passes for 44 touchdowns. All four stats still rank in the top five in Cardinals history.[3] He also ranks in Louisville's top 10 for yards per completion, passing attempts in a season, and completions in a season. He ranks eighth in career completion percentage, seventh in career passing efficiency, and ninth in average yards per game for the Cardinals. Gruden threw for over 300 yards in a game six times at Louisville. As a senior, Gruden led the team to an 8–3 record, their first winning season in 10 years.

Professional career

Gruden played two seasons in the World League (with Barcelona in '91 and Scotland in '95). He also spent 3 seasons of time in the NFL (Phoenix) and CFL (Sacramento) on practices squads. Gruden won four ArenaBowl titles as the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League. He was named the league's MVP in 1992.[4]

Honors and awards

  • 1992: League MVP & First Team All-Arena-QB
  • 1993: All-Star Game MVP
  • 1995: First Team All-Arena-QB (TB)
  • 1996: AFL's 10th Anniversary Team
  • 1999: AFL Hall of Fame & All-ArenaBowl Team-QB
  • 2001: Second Team 15th Team Anniversary-QB
  • 2006: Ranked fourth on the AFL's list of greatest players[1]

Coaching career

Gruden began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator for the AFL's Nashville Kats in 1997. In 1998, he became head coach of the Orlando Predators, the main rival of the Storm. With Orlando, he won ArenaBowl titles in 1998 and 2000. He came out of retirement and resumed 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 an overall AFL head coaching record of 93–61, including a mark of 11–7 in the playoffs.

From 2002 to 2008 he served as an offensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League under his brother, head coach Jon Gruden, earning a Super Bowl ring for the Bucs' win in Super Bowl XXXVII.[5][6] He left the team after his brother was fired following the 2008 season.

In 2009, while the Predators were on hiatus during the Jim Haslett's offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. As part of his contract, he was not permitted to remain head coach of the Predators. Instead, former Orlando quarterback Pat O'Hara, who led the team to its two ArenaBowl titles when Gruden was head coach, was hired in his place.

On February 20, 2010, Gruden was named head coach of the Tuskers following Haslett's departure to join Mike Shanahan's staff with the NFL's Washington Redskins.[7]

On February 3, 2011, Gruden was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.[1][8] On January 13, 2012, Gruden signed a three-year extension with the Bengals at the position,[9] even after being asked to interview for at least three NFL head coaching jobs (with the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, and later turning down the Indianapolis Colts).[10]

In January 2013, Gruden was interviewed by the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Diego Chargers for their vacant head coaching positions.[11][12]

On January 9, 2014, Gruden was hired as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins, succeeding Mike Shanahan.[13][14]

Head coaching record


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
ORL 1998 9 5 0 .643 2nd Southern 3 0 0 ArenaBowl XII Champions
ORL 1999 7 7 0 .500 3rd Southern 2 1 0 Lost to Albany Firebirds in ArenaBowl XIII
ORL 2000 11 3 0 .786 3rd Southern 3 0 0 ArenaBowl XIV Champions
ORL 2001 8 6 0 .571 3rd Southern 0 1 0 Lost to Chicago Rush in Wild Card Game
ORL 2004 10 6 0 .625 2nd Southern 0 1 0 Lost to Chicago Rush in Quarterfinals
ORL 2005 10 6 0 .625 2nd Southern 1 1 0 Lost to Georgia Force in NC Final
ORL 2006 10 6 0 .625 1st Southern 2 1 0 Lost to Chicago Rush in ArenaBowl XX
ORL 2007 8 8 0 .500 3rd Southern 0 1 0 Lost to Philadelphia Soul in NC Wild Card Game
ORL 2008 9 7 0 .563 2nd Southern 0 1 0 Lost to Cleveland Gladiators in NC Wild Card Game
ORL Total 82 54 0 .603 11 7 .611
Total 82 54 0 .603 11 7 .611


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
FL 2010 5 3 0 .625 2nd in UFL 0 1 0 Lost to Las Vegas Locos in 2010 UFL Championship Game
FL Total 5 3 0 .625 0 1 .000
Total 5 3 0 .625 0 1 .000


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
WAS 2014 3 10 0 .231 NFC East
WAS Total 3 10 0 .231 0 0 .000
Total 3 10 0 .231 0 0 .000


Gruden's father, Jim, a long-time college and NFL assistant coach, is a retired regional scout for the San Francisco 49ers. His brother Jon was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is now a Monday Night Football analyst for ESPN. His other brother, James, is a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic.[15]

On September 16, 2005, Gruden was arrested in Hillsborough County, Florida and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.[16] Gruden registered 0.106% and 0.110% in two blood-alcohol tests, each over the legally allowed limit (0.08%) for driving in Florida.[17] He pled no contest to reckless driving and was fined $750.


  1. ^ a b c Jamison Hensley (February 3, 2011). "Bengals hire Jay Gruden". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Damon Hack (August 24, 2011). "Postcard from camp: Bengals". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Louisville Cardinals Passing Records". University of Louisville. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gruden Named 4th Greatest in AFL History". Tampa Bay Storm. August 2, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jay Gruden". Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coaching Staff". Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ Chris Hays (February 10, 2010). "UFL names Jay Gruden new Tuskers coach, but big news is that Orlando becomes sole residence for Tuskers". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ Gregg Rosenthal (February 3, 2011). "Jay Gruden to Bengals confirmed". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ Josh Kirkendoll (January 12, 2012). "Confirmed: Bengals Sign Jay Gruden To A Three-Year Extension". Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ Jamison Hensley (January 13, 2012). "Wake-up call: Jay Gruden signs extension". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ Marc Sessler (January 8, 2013). "Jay Gruden plans to interview with Eagles, Cardinals". National Football League. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bill Williamson (January 13, 2013). "Chargers interview Jay Gruden". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ Boyer, Zac (January 9, 2014). "Jay Gruden hired as Redskins coach". Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  14. ^ John Keim (January 9, 2014). "Jay Gruden to coach Redskins". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
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  17. ^ Mitch Stacy (September 16, 2005). "Brother of Bucs coach Gruden charged with DUI". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 

External links

  • ArenaFan Online's Jay Gruden player page
  • ArenaFan Online's Jay Gruden coaching page
  • The Football Database's Jay Gruden page (World League of American Football)
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