Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appeared as much as Jon Gruden, who as soon as served as his mentor.

Gruden resigned as the top coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday evening following an email scandal that was delivered to mild by The New York Times in a bombshell report.

Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the sphere earlier than the sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on Sept. 26, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
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Prior to the Steelers’ Week 2 matchup in opposition to the Raiders, Tomlin expressed excessive reward for Gruden, saying that he had “no fear” as a head coach. He additionally touched on his “can-do approach” and “positive energy.” Tomlin mentioned that he discovered all of these traits whereas working underneath Gruden within the Buccaneers group within the early 2000s.

On Tuesday, Tomlin opened up about Gruden’s email scandal that exposed insensitive language, together with racist, homophobic and misogynistic feedback in email communications from 2010 to 2018.

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Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden late in the game as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 15 to 10 at Monster Park, San Francisco, California, Oct. 30, 2005. 

Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden late within the sport because the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a rating of 15 to 10 at Monster Park, San Francisco, California, Oct. 30, 2005. 
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“I’m just saddened by it,” Tomlin informed reporters. “I’m saddened for the Raiders organization, I’m saddened for the people that were offended by it, I’m saddened for Coach Gruden. It’s a sad commentary. And that’s really the only opinion that I care to share at this juncture.”

Tomlin was the defensive backs coach in Tampa Bay underneath Gruden and even gained a Super Bowl in 2002 with the former Raiders head coach. He was additionally the Vikings defensive coordinator for one 12 months earlier than he took over as the top coach of one of many biggest franchises within the NFL.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden directs  the North team at the 2007 Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile Jan. 27. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden directs  the North staff on the 2007 Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile Jan. 27. 
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“He looks at an issue or a problem, and he sees it as an opportunity,” Tomlin mentioned of Gruden again in September, through the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I worked for him for four years. You can’t fake that. It’s every day from him. I’ve probably always generally had that mentality, but he helped me hone it as a vocation, as a coach. His can-do approach, the positive energy that he consistently brings to whatever challenge that the job presents helped me grow in a big way as a coach when I worked for him as a young guy, for sure.”