Having been an NFL head coach, Jim Haslett knows firsthand how demanding the job can be.
And so far, Haslett thinks Jay Gruden is juggling his multiple job descriptions just fine. Gruden will make his debut Sunday in Houston, where he'll be the head coach and offensive play caller.
“It’s not an easy task to do both, to manage the football game, manage your team and call the offensive plays,” said Haslett, who was the head coach in New Orleans from 2000-05. “He can lean on [offensive coordinator] Sean [McVay] for a lot of different things.”
Haslett said he’s been most impressed with Gruden’s attention to detail on game day, saying he has been decisive on issues such as clock management, timeouts, etc.
“I think [Gruden] is focused in on game days,” Haslett wants. “He knows exactly what we wants. He’s handling all the other situations—calling penalties, timeouts. I think he’s been outstanding at that. ... Through the first four games, he’s been outstanding at everything.”
Told that Gruden said he plans to hand Haslett full autonomy on the defensive side of the ball, Haslett cracked, “There’s no head coach that ever does that.”