Deuce Gruden, son of Jon Gruden, will remain on Raiders staff after dad’s resignation

Deuce Gruden, son of Jon Gruden, will remain on Raiders staff after dad's resignation

Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigned on Monday night after emails he sent between 2011 and 2018 — which contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic language — were made public.

Now, Las Vegas has just one Gruden on staff instead of two. It seems that will remain that way.

On Monday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Deuce Gruden, son of Jon Gruden, remains with the Raiders in his role of assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Certainly, this is an uncomfortable spot for the younger Gruden to be in. He previously worked for his uncle Jay Gruden while he was on the hot seat, but he was already with Las Vegas when his uncle was fired during the 2019 season. Now, he is in the midst of team and family drama following his father’s resignation.

Nonetheless, it appears for the moment that he’s willing to stick around and continue working for the Raiders.

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Who is Deuce Gruden?

Deuce Gruden is an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Raiders and Jon Gruden’s son. He has spent the last six years in the NFL working as a part of two NFL strength and conditioning staffs.

Gruden is a competitive powerlifter who won gold at the 2017 International Powerlifting Federation’s World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus. He also played college football at Lafayette University, where he was a running back from 2012-15. He had 16 career carries for 46 yards.

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Deuce Gruden career timeline, performance

Gruden’s NFL career began as an intern for the Washington Football Team in 2016, as a part of his uncle Jay Gruden’s staff. He served as a strength and conditioning intern initially and became the team’s full-time strength and conditioning coach in 2017.

During Gruden’s lone season in charge of that program, Washington suffered many injuries and ended the season with 26 players on IR. The team’s training staff came under fire for that, but Jay Gruden deflected blame away from Washington’s strength and conditioning team. However, safety D.J. Swearinger was critical of the team’s approach to training.

“Personally, I’ve been on previous teams where after practice, you have 30 guys in the cold tub or you’ve got 20 guys in the cold tub,” Swearinger said, per The Washington Times. “I didn’t feel that vibe from this team. Whether they do it here or elsewhere, I didn’t think guys took care of themselves.”

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Gruden left Washington in 2018 to come work for his father. He has been with the Raiders as an assistant strength and conditioning coach since then and has performed the following job functions for the team, per the Raiders’ official website.

His responsibilities also include assisting the athletic training staff in transitioning players from injury back into participation and managing performance data for the team’s strength and conditioning staff.

Since Gruden’s arrival, the Raiders have averaged 15.7 players on IR per season. In the last two years, that average has dropped to 12.





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Anthony Barnett
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