WASHINGTON — Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden may be 13 years removed from his last game in the Arena Football League, but he can still hit a receiver in stride, as he showed during pregame warmups on Friday.
CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Ben Standig caught the action on video, wryly suggesting that the search for an emergency third-string quarterback could be over:
Dating back to the Mike Shanahan era, the emergency third quarterback on game day was Darrel Young, the team’s fullback. Young departed in free agency this offseason, leaving the position somewhat open.
Could Gruden ever fill that role? No. The rules prohibit non-gameday players–no matter how historically qualified–from entering, even in emergency situations. But could Gruden handle both coaching and quarterback duties? He has before.
Gruden retired from a sparkling AFL career in 1996 to pursue coaching. Two years later, he rose to the rank of head coach of the Orlando Predators, winning championships in 1998 and 2000. He returned to the playing field in 2002 and took on player/coaching duties for each of the next two seasons.
Thirteen years later, don’t bet on another unretirement for Gruden. Just enjoy the pregame show.