Saints pulling all stops by bringing in controversial coach as a consultant

Jon Gruden, Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
Jon Gruden, Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders / Ethan Miller/GettyImages

The New Orleans Saints are stopping at nothing to set themselves up for success. It'll be interesting to see how this is received by Saints fans, and others.

With Derek Carr being the quarterback the New Orleans Saints and their fans are hoping takes the franchise quarterback baton from Drew Brees, the Saints are pulling out all of the stops to make sure their new guy and their team have the best chance to thrive, literally.

Jon Gruden was forced to resign from his position as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders for reasons not exactly related to football, and you'd be hard pressed to find an argument from many against the move. With that being the case, it's easy to see why the Saints bringing Gruden in as a coaching consultant, and aid to Carr, would raise some eyebrows. Gruden is also quite familiar to Saints fans from his time as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head honcho.

For football reasons though, it does make sense for the Saints.

On the subject of familiarity, Gruden worked with Carr extensively during their shared time in Sin City, and was a fan of the veteran signal caller and leader. The fact that the Saints also signed former-Raiders pass-catchers Foster Moreau and Bryan Edwards that played with Carr, and for Gruden, adds another layer to this connection.

The other thing to factor here is the fact that Dennis Allen is a defensive coach. He is also a coach taht still runs the Sean Payton offense. Gruden spent time with Payton as young offensive assistant coaches with the Philadelphia Eagles in the mid-90s, so it's honestly kind of fascinating how deep this connection goes.

This report is certainly one that is going to put a lot of extra attention on the New Orelans Saints for the time-being. Playing devil's advocate though, it does make sense from a football perspective why the move was made, for whatever that's worth.

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