Jay Gruden

Jay Michael Gruden (born March 4, 1967) is an American football coach and former quarterback, who is the current head coach of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). During his time in the Arena Football League (AFL), he won four ArenaBowls as a player and two more as a head coach. He is the younger brother of Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.

Jay Gruden
Color photograph of smiling white man (Jay Gruden), wearing a white sport shirt and holding a football.
Gruden in 2017
Washington Redskins
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born:March 4, 1967 (age 52)
Tiffin, Ohio
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Tampa (FL) Chamberlain
College:Louisville
Undrafted:1989
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As player
As coach
Career Arena statistics
Completion %:59.8%
Passing yards:21,479
TDINT:397–99
Passer rating:104.72
Rushing TDs:5
Head coaching record
Regular season:AFL: 82–54 (.603)
UFL: 5–3 (.625)
NFL: 35–44–1 (.444)
Postseason:AFL: 11–7 (.611)
UFL: 0–1 (.000)
NFL: 0–1 (.000)
Career:AFL: 93–61 (.604)
UFL: 5–4 (.556)
NFL: 35–45–1 (.438)
Coaching stats at PFR
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Early years

Of Croatian descent, Gruden was born in Tiffin, Ohio, and was raised a Roman Catholic.[1][2] He attended George D. Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida, where he played quarterback for the Chamberlain Chiefs high school football team under head coach Billy Turner.[3]

College career

Gruden attended the University of Louisville, where he was a four-year letterman at Louisville Cardinals football team (1985–1988).[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

Professional career

Gruden played two seasons in the World League of American Football (with Barcelona in 1991 and Scotland in 1995).[7] He also spent 3 seasons of time in the NFL (Phoenix) and CFL (Sacramento) on practice 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.[8] After stepping off the field to coach, Gruden returned to the field in 2002 as a member of the Orlando Predators.[9]

Honors and awards

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

Coaching career

Arena Football League

Gruden began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator for the AFL's Nashville Kats in 1997.[11] In 1998, he became head coach of the Orlando Predators, the main rival of the Storm.[12] 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.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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.[13][14][15] He left the team after his brother was fired following the 2008 season.[16]

Florida Tuskers

In 2009, while the Predators were on hiatus during the bankruptcy reorganization of the AFL, he was selected to be head coach 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.[17]

Cincinnati Bengals

On February 3, 2011, Gruden was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.[10][18] On January 13, 2012, Gruden signed a three-year extension with the Bengals at the position,[19] 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).[20]

In January 2013, Gruden was interviewed by the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Diego Chargers for their vacant head coaching positions.[21][22]

Gruden’s offense helped lead the Bengals to three straight Wild Card playoff appearances, including the AFC North title in 2013.[23][24][25]

Washington Redskins

On January 9, 2014, Gruden was hired as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins, succeeding Mike Shanahan.[26][27] Since Gruden was a highly sought after coach, Redskins owner Dan Snyder gave him a fully guaranteed, 5-year contract worth $20 million.[28]

In the 2015 season, Gruden led the Redskins to their first playoff appearance since 2012. The Redskins would go on a 4-game winning streak to finish the season, and win the NFC East with a 9–7 record. However, the Redskins lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round 35–18, ending their season.[29] In 2016 the Redskins finished 8-7-1 however missed the playoffs. This marked the first time the Redskins posted back-to-back winning seasons since 1996-1997. [30]

On March 4, 2017, the Redskins signed Gruden to a 2-year contact extension.[31]

Head coaching record

AFL

Team Year Regular season Postseason
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
Total 82 54 0 .603 11 7 .611

UFL

Team Year Regular season Postseason
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
Total 5 3 0 .625 0 1 .000

NFL

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
WAS 2014 4 12 0 .250 4th in NFC East
WAS 2015 9 7 0 .563 1st in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Wild Card Game
WAS 2016 8 7 1 .531 3rd in NFC East
WAS 2017 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC East
WAS 2018 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC East
Total 35 44 1 .444 0 1 .000

Personal life

Gruden's father, Jim, a long-time college and NFL assistant coach, was a former regional scout for the San Francisco 49ers. His brother Jon is the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. His other brother, James, is a radiologist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center.[32]

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External links

1992 Arena Football League season

The 1992 Arena Football League season was the sixth season of the Arena Football League (AFL). The league champions were the Detroit Drive, who defeated the Orlando Predators in ArenaBowl VI.

It is during the 1992 season that the first shutout in AFL history occurred. On June 13, the Orlando Predators defeated the San Antonio Force by a score of 50–0. To date, this remains the only shutout in AFL history, though there have been other shutouts in AF2 since. It also marked the first appearance of separate divisions in its history.

1992 Tampa Bay Storm season

The 1992 Tampa Bay Storm season was the sixth season for the Arena Football League franchise. They finished 9–1 in the Southern Division, tied with the Orlando Predators, but Orlando won the division due to having scored more points than the Storm. The Storm lost in the AFL's Semi-finals to Orlando

2014 Washington Redskins season

The 2014 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 83rd season in the National Football League and the first season under head coach Jay Gruden. The Redskins finished the season 4–12, slightly improving on their 3–13 record from 2013 and resulted in the departure of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

2015 Washington Redskins season

The 2015 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 84th season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Jay Gruden and first under general manager Scot McCloughan. Quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion during the second preseason game and consequently missed the rest of the preseason. Kirk Cousins was later named the starter for the season, and set multiple Redskins franchise records.

The Redskins improved from their 4–12 record from the previous season, going 9–7 and clinching the NFC East division title for the first time since 2012. However, they were defeated by the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

2016 Washington Redskins season

The 2016 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 85th season in the National Football League and the third under head coach Jay Gruden.

The season saw the Redskins play in London for the first time in franchise history, where they tied the Cincinnati Bengals 27-27.

After a loss in the final week to the New York Giants, the Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention. Despite missing the playoffs, the Redskins finished the season with a record of 8-7-1, which was the first consecutive winning seasons for the team since the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Along with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington was the only team in 2016 that played seven regular-season games against teams that would reach the playoffs: four games combined against Dallas and the New York Giants, games against Green Bay and Detroit (as the NFC North was the only division besides the NFC East to send more than one team to the 2016 postseason) and a game against the sole AFC North 2016 playoff team (Pittsburgh); the Redskins' 2-5 record in these contests was a major reason they did not return to the playoffs.

2017 Washington Redskins season

The 2017 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 86th season in the National Football League and the fourth under head coach Jay Gruden. The Redskins ended the season losing seven of the final 11 games after a 3-2 start, failing to improve on their 8–7–1 record from the previous season, and were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after losing to the Chargers. This was likely due to the abundance of injuries at key positions and one of the league's toughest schedules.

In Week 2, the Redskins played the Rams in Los Angeles for the first time in 23 years. It was also their first game in the L.A. Coliseum in 28 years. Washington got their first win in the Coliseum in 43 years.

Also, this was the last of six seasons that quarterback Kirk Cousins was on the roster, as he would join the Minnesota Vikings in the following offseason.

2018 Washington Redskins season

The 2018 season was the Washington Redskins' 87th in the National Football League and their fifth under head coach Jay Gruden. This is the first season since 2011 that quarterback Kirk Cousins is not on the roster, as he joined the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason as a free agent.

The team finished with the same record from the previous season, 7–9, and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. Despite a 6–3 start which was their best since 2008 plus leading the NFC East, the team suffered 4 straight losses after the team lost their starting quarterback Alex Smith to a leg injury in their Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans. This resulted in a quarterback hangover. First, it forced Colt McCoy into the starting role in Weeks 12 and 13 before suffering a fractured fibula in a 28–13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13, thus forcing the Redskins to start journeyman quarterback Mark Sanchez in Week 14 before starting another journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson against the Jacksonville Jaguars after benching Sanchez at halftime against the New York Giants. After the Alex Smith injury, the Redskins finished the last 7 games of the season with a record of 1–6. They were eliminated from playoff contention by a 25–16 loss to the Titans, and wins by the Eagles and Vikings in Week 16. The team's season ended with 25 players on injured reserve, which were a league high.

2019 Washington Redskins season

The 2019 Washington Redskins season will be the franchise's 88th season in the National Football League and their sixth under head coach Jay Gruden.

Arena Bowl XII

Arena Bowl XII was the Arena Football League's twelfth Arena Bowl, which took place August 23, 1998. It pitted the #4 Orlando Predators (9-5) of the National Conference against the #1 Tampa Bay Storm (12-2), also of the National Conference. This was the second and final ArenaBowl to have the "War on I-4" rivalry on the big stage. For the Predators, it was their fourth ArenaBowl appearance in their eight years of existence (having lost ArenaBowls VI, VIII and IX). This year, they were under the command of first-year head coach (and former Tampa Bay Storm QB) Jay Gruden. For the Storm, this was their eighth overall appearance as they were going for their fifth ArenaBowl title in eight seasons. Not only did they face their arch-rivals from Orlando, but they also had face their former star player in Jay Gruden.

Arena Football League Most Valuable Player Award

The Arena Football League Most Valuable Player Award (AFL MVP) is an award given by the Arena Football League (AFL) to the arena football player who is considered most valuable to his team in the AFL. From 1996 to 2010, the League did not award an MVP.

Bruce Allen (American football)

Bruce Allen is an American football executive who is the team president of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). Previously, Allen served as general manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004–2008) and Redskins (2010–2014). He got his NFL start as a senior executive with the Oakland Raiders (1996–2003). He is also the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach George Allen and brother of former Virginia governor and United States Senator George Allen.

Fran Curci

Fran Curci (born June 11, 1938) is a former American football player and coach. He was an All-American quarterback at the University of Miami in 1959. He served as head coach at the University of Tampa from 1968 to 1970, the University of Miami from 1971 to 1972 and the University of Kentucky from 1973 to 1981.

Curci lead the University of Tampa Spartans to a 25–6 record in three seasons (1968–1970). After his team defeated the Miami Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl in 1970, and Tampa finished that season 10–1, he was hired by the University of Miami.Curci's record at Miami was 9–13. He was head coach at Miami during the infamous Florida Flop in 1971, when the Florida Gators defense allowed Miami to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter by dropping to the ground mid-play. The defense wanted quarterback John Reaves to get the ball back and set an NCAA career passing record. Florida won the game 45–16. Curci was particularly upset at the Gators' actions, since the game was well out of reach by then. He refused to shake hands with Florida coach Doug Dickey after the game, and was quoted as saying, "I lost all respect for [Dickey] as a coach and as a man. What he did shows no class... I think he made a fool of himself."During his tenure at the University of Kentucky, Curci compiled a record of 47–51–2. The 1976 Kentucky Wildcats finished 9–3 and 5–1 in conference play—their first winning season in 13 years—and defeated North Carolina in the Peach Bowl 21–0, finishing ranked #18 in the final Associated Press poll. After that season, the Wildcats were slapped with two years' probation for numerous recruiting and amateurism violations. The Wildcats were also banned from bowl games and live television in 1977, and limited to only 25 scholarships in 1977 and 1978. The 1977 team finished 10–1, including a win at #4 Penn State and an undefeated record in conference play though they were ineligible for the title due to probation. They finished the season ranked #6 in the final Associated Press poll. It was only the second 10-win season in school history.

Due in part to the loss of scholarships from the 1976 infractions case, Curci was never able to put together another winning team. In his last four years, he only won eight games in SEC play. Curci's tenure as Kentucky's coach ended after nine seasons, longest of any Kentucky coach. In his final game as Kentucky's coach, Curci led the Wildcats to a 21–10 victory over Tennessee on November 21, 1981.

Curci later coached in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm in 1991, the Cincinnati Rockers in 1992. He led the Storm, quarterbacked by current Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, to an ArenaBowl V championship and was named Coach of the Year in his only season with Tampa Bay. Curci also did radio broadcasts for Tampa Bay Buccaneers and college football games.

After leaving coaching, Curci served as Parks Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Fran Papasedero

Fran Papasedero (March 21, 1969 – June 19, 2003) was an Arena football player and coach. Papasedero coached the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, having been appointed to replace Jay Gruden who wanted to resume his playing career at quarterback for the Predators. He had a 19–11 record and was 3–2 in the playoffs. Following the team's playoff defeat in June 2003, he died in an alcohol-related car accident.Prior to his coaching career, he played for the Albany Firebirds (1993), Massachusetts Marauders (1994), St. Louis Stampede (1995–1996), and Nashville Kats (1997).

List of current National Football League head coaches

The table shows the current coaches and their records for each National Football League (NFL) team. The longest tenured head coach on his current team is Bill Belichick, who has been with the New England Patriots since the 2000 NFL season. Belichick also has the most wins among active coaches, as well as most Super Bowl appearances (9) and Super Bowl wins (6) as head coach. Other coaches to have won a Super Bowl as head coach with their current team are Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton, John Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, and Doug Pederson.

Mike Dailey

Mike Dailey is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at McDaniel College, a position he has held since the 2016 season. Dailey was a head coach in the Arena Football League for the Albany Firebirds and the Colorado Crush. During his time in the Arena Football League, he won two ArenaBowls and was named AFL Coach of the Year in 1999. He is fifth all time in wins with a career record of 115–84, including an 11–8 mark in the postseason. Under his leadership, the Firebirds won ArenaBowl XIII in 1999, defeating the Orlando Predators led by Jay Gruden, now head coach of the Washington Redskins. In 2005 the Crush, then owned by John Elway, won the ArenaBowl XIX. Dailey's 1999 Albany Firebirds team was voted the greatest team in AFL history, while his 2005 Colorado Crush was voted fifth. He was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Orlando Predators

The Orlando Predators were a professional arena football team based in Orlando, Florida and member of the Arena Football League (AFL). The team was most recently owned by Orlando Predators LLC, a company owned by David A. Siegel, and played its home games at Amway Center.

The team was founded in 1991 as an expansion team of the AFL. The team advanced to the playoffs 19 consecutive seasons between 1992 and 2011, becoming the ArenaBowl champions in 1998 and 2000 during that span. The team suspended operations after the 2016 season. A new organization led by former Predator Kenny McEntyre obtained the Predators branding and relaunched the team in the National Arena League for the 2019 season.

Quinton Dunbar

Quinton Dunbar (born July 22, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football as a wide receiver at Florida, and signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2015, where he converted to cornerback.

Tampa Bay Storm

The Tampa Bay Storm were a professional arena football team based in Tampa, Florida, U.S. that played in the Arena Football League (AFL). The team, along with the Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite and Washington Commandos, joined the AFL in 1987 as one of the charter franchises, and by 1992 it was the last of the four still operating. The team ceased operations in 2017.

The franchise was originally located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and known as the Pittsburgh Gladiators. The franchise relocated to Tampa Bay in 1991, changing its name in the process. The team played in St. Petersburg from 1991 to 1996, then in Tampa until 2008, after which point the AFL suspended operations and did not return until the 2010 season following the league's restructuring. It had been in the same city for longer than any other AFL team. During its tenure the franchise won five ArenaBowl championships. With 241 wins, the Storm had won far more games than any other team in AFL history.

The club was last owned by Jeffrey Vinik, also the owner of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. Home games were played at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Virginia Destroyers

The Virginia Destroyers were a professional American football team based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They began play in the United Football League (UFL) in the 2011 season. They played their home games at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.The team succeeded the Florida Tuskers, a charter UFL franchise based in Orlando, Florida, from 2009 to 2010. The Tuskers appeared in the first two UFL Championship Games, losing both to the Las Vegas Locomotives. In 2010, the league suspended the Tuskers' operations and moved the remnants of the team to Virginia Beach to assume the identity (and some executive staff) of a previously announced expansion team that was to begin play in 2011.The Destroyers' business license expired on March 1, 2013; the team had effectively ceased operations several weeks earlier.

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