Who said Jon Gruden is still living in the past? This man is breaking down barriers, people! This week, the Raiders hired their first ever female assistant coach and the first ever female NFL strength and conditioning coach in 26-year-old Kelsey Martinez. She becomes the third female coach to be hired full-time by a team joining Kathryn Smith and Katie Sowers from the Bills and 49ers, respectively.
Gruden may still be living in the 20th century when it comes to analytics or football schemes in general, but when it comes to the women’s movement, this man is leading the gotdamn charge.
The players already seem very welcoming. This is from linebacker James Cowser:
LVRJ – She’s super awesome,” Cowser, 27, said. “I mean, there’s a reason I went to Tom Shaw in the offseason, right? When I first met her, from the beginning, she opens her mouth, and you instantly know she knows what she’s talking about. It’s the same reaction here with all the guys. At first glance, you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s a woman.’ And then they start talking, and it’s, ‘Oh, that’s a coach.’ You know what I mean? It’s that instant switch of, ‘Oh, that’s interesting,’ to, ‘Oh, I need to get my feet up.’
“It instantly becomes business, and that’s what it’s all about. I think that’s a testament to her and who she is because she’s able to get us to switch into work mode. We don’t think about male-female whatever. It’s just business and how can we get better.”
Sounds like she’ll seriously kick your ass in the weight room.