Earlier this season, Mike Tomlin had excessive reward for Jon Gruden. Along with his Steelers making ready to tackle Gruden’s Raiders, Tomlin assured reporters that his former mentor had “no worry” as a head coach, highlighting Gruden’s “can-do method” and “constructive vitality,” each of which Tomlin stated he discovered from working below the previous Buccaneers coach again within the early 2000s. Now, a month later, with Gruden out as Raiders coach, Tomlin opened up about his ex-mentor’s resignation within the wake of an e mail scandal.
“I am simply saddened by it,” Tomlin stated Tuesday. “I am saddened for the Raiders group, I am saddened for the those that had been offended by it, I am saddened for Coach Gruden. It is a unhappy commentary. And that is actually the one opinion that I care to share at this juncture.”
Gruden is simply two days faraway from stepping down — a transfer that adopted a New York Instances report detailing a sample of insensitive language, together with homophobic and misogynistic feedback, in his e mail communications between 2010-2018.
Earlier than changing into the Steelers coach and serving one yr because the Vikings defensive coordinator, Tomlin spent 4 seasons working below Gruden in Tampa Bay, serving because the latter’s defensive backs coach. Tomlin gained a Tremendous Bowl alongside Gruden in 2002 and fostered longstanding a respect for the coach as an NFL affect.
“He appears at a problem or an issue, and he sees it as a chance,” Tomlin stated of Gruden in September, because the Pittsburgh Publish-Gazette reported. “I labored for him for 4 years. You may’t pretend that. It is day by day from him. I’ve in all probability all the time typically had that mentality, however he helped me hone it as a vocation, as a coach. His can-do method, the constructive vitality that he constantly brings to no matter problem that the job presents helped me develop in a giant method as a coach after I labored for him as a younger man, for positive.”