The Carolina Panthers are doing their due diligence in the search for a new top offensive assistant.
Former Washington football team head coach Jay Gruden, it seems, could get what his fans say is his due.
Gruden should be considered a top candidate for the Panthers offensive coordinator job if he’s about to go beyond his initial interview for the job on head coach Matt Rhule’s staff. .
Which means… a second interview.
Gruden, 54, is a pretty outspoken voice – he recently said the Washington football team should never have shied away from the old “Redskins” moniker – but he’s also seen in the NFL as a lively and creative offensive thinker.
And now, after his first interview with the team, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Gruden will have a second interview for the job on Thursday.
Gruden served as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals before spending five seasons as head coach in Washington. He served as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator during the 2020 season and in 2021 has kept his profile high – at least in the Washington area – with his series of notable radio interviews.
Gruden was hired in January 2014 and helped Washington to a playoff appearance and consecutive winning seasons, but was fired by owner Dan Snyder after the club got off to a 0-5 start in 2019, meaning that he completed his five years as Washington. Head coach of the football team with a 35–49–1 record.