FRISCO, Texas – Cowboys catcher Amari Cooper has studied all 16 Myers-Briggs personality types.
He believes understanding the personalities of his teammates and coaches will position him best to be successful with them.
So allow Cooper, who the Raiders traded to the Cowboys in October 2018, to analyze his former coach, Jon Gruden.
“It comes back to what I said in previous interviews about knowing personality types,” Cooper said after practice Thursday. “Knowing Gruden he was able to make very quick decisions and sometimes it can be impulsive. Sometimes it can be good, sometimes it can be bad. “
Gruden resigned as head coach of the Raiders on Monday night after reporting he used racist, misogynistic and homophobic language in 2011-18 emails to the former Washington football team leader , Bruce Allen, among others. The Raiders rehired him as head coach on Jan.6, 2018. Cooper, whom the Raiders picked as number one. 4 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, played for Gruden until Gruden processed him for a first-round draft selection in the October 10 draft. 22 of that year. Cooper won the third of his fourth Pro Bowl honors this season.
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Cooper said he wasn’t surprised to see Gruden’s resignation as nothing surprises him these days. He described the team’s loss of a head coach mid-season as “unfortunate” for players, including his former teammates.
“But knowing Gruden, I never thought he was racist, I never thought he was misogynist, anything like that,” Cooper said.
Cooper explained in more detail how he witnessed Gruden’s impulsive side.
“Like for example, he’s not the type to hesitate on a fourth down whether you’re going to go or not – that’s where it’s a good thing,” Cooper said. “He’s not the type to take 15-20 minutes to decide what to wear.
“But on the other hand, it can be a bad thing when you’re impulsive like that – I guess when you feel like you have to say something and you say it without thinking. It’s just his personality, I guess. “
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott also addressed Gruden’s comments and what is expected of NFL executives.
“You have to be sensitive and educated every time you speak to make sure you don’t hurt someone and disturb a race or gender or whatever,” Prescott said. “I think it’s important to love. Me as a leader is the only thing I try to do is love. Be there for someone and show support.
“And try not to show any aversion or overt signs of hatred or anything of that nature.”
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