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Gruden gone

Posted on: January 16, 2009 6:53 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2009 11:14 pm

Jon Gruden never understood that it's the quarterbacks that drive NFL teams

And it cost him his job.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired Gruden Friday in what some might see as a shocking move. It really isn't. Gruden's team flubbed a playoff chance down the stretch and he would have been entering a win-or-else season in 2009.

And he was planning on playing again next season with one of his quarterback re-treads. Would it have been Jeff Garcia? Brian Griese? Who?

Gruden was arrogant enough as a coach to think his schemes could overcome the lack of a quality quarterback. In 2003, the Bucs won a Super Bowl with Brad Johnson at quarterback.

That led to Gruden believing he could win with anybody there. The reality is that it took an amazing defense to win that season.

It wasn't Johnson.

It couldn't be. He was nothing more than a caretaker.

Those caretaker-win-Super Bowl stories come along once in a while. For every Johnson or Trent Dilfer, I can give you a long list of Hall of Fame passers who have won Super Bowls.

The timing of the Gruden firing leads me to believe the Bucs are up to something big. I doubt they would fire a coach at this stage of the game without having a plan. With general manager Bruce Allen also getting fired, it leads me to believe they are targeting a big-name coach they will pay a ton of money to have personnel control.

Maybe Mike Shanahan? Maybe Urban Meyer? Maybe Bob Stoops? Maybe Pete Carroll?

If I were Meyer and the Bucs came to me an offered me $8-million a season and total control, how could I turn that down? What's left to challenge me on the college level? Of course, I'd have to change my offensive system.

I'm telling you. There's something at work in Tampa. Something big.

No matter the hire, that person better take a lesson from Gruden's tenure there. You can't win consistently with scrap-heap quarterbacks.


Category: NFL
Tags: Jon Gruden

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 7:19 pm

Gruden gone

I for one Tampa Bay Buc fan am glad to see Jon Gruden go and has happened. I felt that it should have happened three years ago.  Now perhaps we can get what we need a head coach that can coach, a franchise QB and someone committed to a system that work. We might also improve our drafting of quality players into an offensive scheme that is set up for a certain type of skilled players.


Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2009 7:15 pm

Gruden gone

I don't think Meyer talked Tebow into anything.Tebow has heard the talk of him being an NFL safety or linebacker, and a 3rd round or lower pick this year to boot. Tebow stayed because he wanted to, not because Meyer talked him into it!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 7:15 pm

Gruden gone

Re: PDiddy

Things change daily sometimes by the minute. If you were in Meyer's position andyou were offered a chance to run a pro sports team you would not jump at the chance?

I would sit down with each person, explain the situation and that the changes that have taken place, but this was for the benefit of myself and family then I would move on.

"One Man's Opinion"

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2009 7:06 pm

Gruden gone

Pete, if Meyer leaves after talking Tebow and Spikes into staying he is the biggest ass in the world.

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