Florida Tuskers name Jay Gruden Head Coach

The Florida Tuskers are without a doubt they most popular team in the upstart United Football League. They completed their first season undefeated, before losing in the Championship game to the Las Vegas Locos. They were so good that their first head coach, Jim Haslett was hired by the Washington Redskins to be their Defensive Coordinator. The Florida Tuskers have now named their offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden as the team next head coach.

It should surprise no one that this team and the UFL itself (since they own half of the Tuskers franchise) have picked Gruden. He led the Tuskers offense in the UFL Premier season some very impressive stats and he brings a ton of experience as a head man to the team. Gruden made a name for himself as a QB in the old Arena Football League. As a player he is in the Arena Football Hall of Fame, and won four titles with the Tampa Bay Storm.

It was in the Arena Leagues where Jay Gruden, brother of former NFL head coach Jon Gruden, got a lot of experience as a head coach. As head coach of the Orlando Predators Jay added two Arena bowl championship (in six seasons) to his impressive resume. Jay also served on his brother’s staff while he was the head man with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This looks to be a very good hire by the Tuskers, they keep some continuity with what they did offensively last year, and add a dynamic character in Gruden who just so happens to be an excellent head coach. Very early into the second year of the UFL, we have to say that the Tuskers are teh favorite to win teh second UFL Championship.

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