Would the Saints hiring Jon Gruden really fix what is broken?

Short answer: No.

Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden looks at his
Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden looks at his / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The New Orleans Saints' 2023 season has come to a close and despite finishing with a winning record, it felt like a disappointment considering their easy schedule. As soon as the season was in the books, rumors started to fly about what the 2024 coaching staff could look like, and one big name that has been linked to the Saints is Jon Gruden.

According to Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com, the Saints are considering adding Gruden to their coaching staff. Gruden and the Saints dined together during Week 17's match-up against Tampa Bay and also attended a team meeting as well.

Pete Carmichael has been the Saints offensive coordinator since 2009 but he only had full control over that beginning in 2022 after Sean Payton left the team. Since taking the reins, the offense has had its fair share of ups and downs but a lot of that can be blamed on poor quarterback play.

Would Jon Gruden fix the Saints' problems?

Gruden last coached in 2021 when he was the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders and resigned five games into the season due to emails he had sent which had homophobic, racist, and sexist terms. He's kept a low profile since then as one would expect.

When the Raiders hired Gruden in 2018, he hadn't coached in a decade and it showed. The Raiders offense during Gruden's tenure wasn't anything special, failing to ever be top 20 in overall points scored in any of his seasons there.

The Saints have plenty of issues on offense but we saw Derek Carr start to improve in the final few weeks of the season. Maybe the Saints think this is the way to go because Carr and Gruden were in Oakland/Las Vegas together but if it didn't work there, it's probably not going to work in the Big Easy either.

The short answer here is that no, Gruden wouldn't fix what's ailing the Saints. While he and Carr appear to have a close relationship, the Raiders offense was never legitimate while Gruden was coaching the silver and black so why would it be any different in New Orleans?