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Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:39 am
 

Ex-Bucs QB King: Gruden 'is inherently dishonest'

Posted by Will Brinson

Keyshawn Johnson had some interesting things to say about Jon Gruden, a fellow employee at ESPN and his former coach, when he recently ripped the environment in Tampa Bay.

On Tuesday, former Buccaneers quarterback and current radio host Shaun King said on WQYK-AM 1010 (via JoeBucsFan.com) expounded on some of that talk, ripping Gruden pretty thoroughly.

"Jon has a major character flaw in that if he's not the center of attention, it's a problem," King said. "It is what it is. Ala the 'Chucky face.' You look at the NFL Films, it's just ironic, anytime that he's mic'd up or filmed, the 'Chucky face,' you know, it's showcased a lot more than normal."

King went on to say that Gruden "wasn't a guy that a lot of his players were endeared to" and that the coach-turned-broadcaster "is inherently dishonest."

That's a lot of mud that just got slung Gruden's way, but if anyone has actual knowledge of Gruden's behavior with the Buccaneers, it's King, who led the team to an NFC Championship Game.

That being said, you could pretty easily argue that all of mankind is "inherently dishonest" and that none of the traits that King described will keep Gruden, who recently signed a five-year extension with Monday Night Football, from being a popular name rumored as a candidate for open coaching positions around the NFL.

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Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Jon Gruden signs 5-year extension for MNF gig

Posted by Will Brinson

Since replacing Tony Kornheiser on Monday Night Football, Jon Gruden's settled in pretty nicely as a broadcaster. But the perpetual rumors of Gruden departing for whatever available coaching opportunities were out there, most recently with a report that the gig in Miami was his to turn down.

Those rumors will die down now, as ESPN announced on Monday that Gruden signed a five-year extension that will keep him on Monday Night Football through 2017.

"Our Monday Night Football crew is special, and to have the opportunity to continue to be a part of this team, working these big-time NFL prime time games every week on ESPN, I’m fired up," Gruden said in a release from the network.

Yes, everyone was upset that his statement didn't include "THIS GUY" -- a reference to Gruden's heavy usage of a certain descriptor for players.

And there are probably some people who are upset that Gruden's on the telecast for the next six years; his style of announcing seems to grate on various viewers, but he has developed a nice rapport with Ron Jaworski and Mike Tirico in the booth. That was lacking -- mightily -- from the rendition that featured Kornheiser, for a number of reasons.

But while Gruden might be full of enthusiasm, he also knows what he's talking about, which is refreshing change of pace from some of the folks ESPN's trotted out for color commentary over the past few years.

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:34 am
 

Report: Dolphins gig Gruden's 'if he wants it'

Posted by Will Brinson

As of right now, the Dolphins are not prepared to make a change at head coach, and remain committed to Tony Sparano, despite their 0-4 start. It's going to be difficult for Sparano to keep his job, though. One, Miami might need to make the playoffs for him to get another shot in 2012. And two, owner Stephen Ross recently gave him the dreaded vote of confidence.

But who would be the replacement for Sparano if he's canned? Well, Dan Pompei of the National Football Post reports the No. 1 candidate is current ESPN broadcaster Jon Gruden, who's been out of coaching since the Buccaneers fired him in 2009.

"People close to the situation believe the Dolphins job will be Jon Gruden’s if he wants it," Pompei writes Sunday. "Gruden remains undecided on whether or not he will remain in broadcasting. It’s likely Stephen Ross will offer Gruden a sweetheart deal that will make it difficult for Gruden to turn down. Rumors continue that the Dolphins also will hire Carl Peterson as team president."

Gruden's always a top name at the list of coaching candidates when a vacancy opens up, along with CBS Sports' own Bill Cowher. That's what happens when you've got a Super Bowl win on your resume and aren't currently employed by an NFL team.

But Gruden does make sense for the Dolphins. He's obviously been successful, he's still young (only 48), he's a huge name and he's an offensive guru -- Ross hasn't made any bones about the need to put up points in order to help sell tickets. And, um, win games, of course.

What makes this hypothetical marriage interesting is that Gruden's unlikely to leave ESPN before the end of the season, even if Ross threw a pile of money his way. That could mean Sparano would get a full season to try and make the playoffs.

If he doesn't (a very likely outcome at this point), Ross will have a shot at a second-straight public courting of a high-profile coach, and Gruden will have a legitimately difficult choice to make.

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Watch Terrelle Pryor throw passes to NFL WRs

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been eight days since Terrelle Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, convened a press conference to let everyone know that he expect his client to be a "first-round pick" in the NFL's supplemental draft. It was the first of many PR sleights of hand by Rosenhaus to manufacture interest in Pryor who, by most accounts isn't worth more than a fourth-round pick.

But sometimes perceptions trump reality and when Rosenhaus is writing the script and working the stage lights it's hard to tell where make-believe ends and the truth begins. As NFL Network's Mike Mayock said last week: "Nobody is better than Rosenhaus in driving perceived value. … Sometimes perceived value is almost as good as real value if he can get enough people talking about [Pryor] as a first-round pick."

On Monday, ESPN's Jon Gruden was in Florida to tape a very special "QB Camp" episode featuring Pryor. In an excerpted clip Gruden asks Pryor about the whole "So, what in the world happened at Ohio State?" situation that prompted Pryor to leave school earlier this month.

The show airs in its entirety next week, and perhaps in an effort to lessen the blow of any missteps with Gruden (either on the field on in the classroom), Rosenhaus has released a 75-second video of Pryor working out. He's seen throwing passes to Chad Ochocinco and Antonio Brown who both happen to be represented by Rosenhaus. (Now we're just waiting for Brown to offer unsolicited praise for Pryor's quarterbacking skills.)

As PFT's Michael David Smith notes, "Obviously, Rosenhaus isn’t going to let footage of Pryor’s bad throws get out, so the video that’s been released won’t tell us a whole lot. But it’s still interesting to see how Pryor looks when dropping back and throwing to NFL receivers."



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Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:12 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Gruden gets chance to drill Pryor

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In an hour-long special that will air June 30 on ESPN, Jon Gruden spends time with former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor for his occasional Gruden Camp series.

In the excerpt below, Gruden asks Pryor what in the heck happened at Ohio State with him and coach Jim Tressel.

“Pretty much just me making mistakes, especially losing a great coach to this great university,” Pryor said. “It’s a disaster. I’m very sorry, but at the same time, I have to move on. I have a life I have to live. I’m disgusted with what went down to that university. I regret the fact that coach Tres had to leave and the fact I had to leave.”

The excerpted clip is less than 2 minutes long, so I guess you’ll have to wait to see if Gruden grills Pryor the same way he grilled Cam Newton (it did not present Newton in the, um, best light). But if so, beware. Not everybody thinks Gruden’s evaluation skills are so great.



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Posted on: June 20, 2011 7:32 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Gruden, Pryor film new 'QB Camp' segment for ESPN

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Another day, another Terrelle Pryor post. Yes, we know, he's just 12 days removed from college and this is an NFL blog. Welcome to June in the middle of a lockout.

Anyway, TampaBay.com's Greg Auman writes that former Bucaneers coach-turned-ESPN analyst Jon Gruden has a new contestant for his QB Camp television spectacle that originally ran in the weeks leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft. You guessed it: it's Pryor, who said in a press conference last week that he's entering the supplemental draft. (And as you've probably heard, Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, expects his client to be a "first-round pick.")

According to Auman, "Pryor said he spent six hours Monday morning watching and breaking down video with Gruden -- a major part of the ESPN show -- and said the chance to work with the former Bucs coach was a great opportunity."

In previous pre-draft episodes, Gruden hosted Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett and Jake Locker (details here).

After Monday's session Pryor said, "There's too much to learn from [Gruden]. I enjoyed the time … He's a great coach and a great mentor. I'm just trying to get better."

Auman adds that Rosenhaus has instructed Pryor not to talk to the media about his draft preparations, although Pryor admitted that he was returning to Miami because "I've got some training to do."

In April, before the Buckeye's football program was beset by scandal, Gruden spoke at the Ohio State coaches clinic. It's where he first met Pryor. And when Gruden was asked if he thought Pryor was an NFL prospect, he said, "Yeah, I do -- I really do," Columbus Dispatch reported. "Again, I'm accused of liking too many people. 'Gruden likes everybody.' Well, sorry about that. (But) Bill Walsh used to say, 'Don't tell me what this guy can't do. Tell me what he can do."

That said, even Glass-Half-Full Gruden qualified his laudatory remarks.

"...Terrelle Pryor can run and he can throw," he said at the time. "And he's a helluva competitor. And if I coached him, I'd find something for him to do. You might have to cater your offense to a degree towards his strengths. But I think this guy can develop his passing the more you pass the ball. And I think the guy is a unique, rare talent."

This very special episode of QB Camp will air Thursday, June 30, at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 9:33 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 11:10 pm
 

NFL Films' Cosell gives Pryor 'late round' grade

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We have talked more today about a player who last appeared in an NFL game two years ago, and another who has yet to do so, than we have about current NFL news. That's because it's June, we're in the middle of a lockout, and there's not much else going on.

But even if this was Week 8 of the regular season, the unfolding Terrelle Pryor saga is worth following. It's got a little bit of everything: lies, duplicity and what sounds like misguided hopes for the future.

Last week, Pryor left Ohio State and an ever-growing scandal in his rearview mirror, presumably with designs on making himself available to NFL teams through the supplemental draft. One problem: Pryor isn't considered much of a prospect, though he seems to think enough of his talents that he kindly told the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders thanks but no thanks after they extended him an offer.

Now Pryor has hired super agent Drew Rosenhaus, who isn't in the habit of representing schlubs on the fringes of professional football.

There are also rumors that Pryor hopes to get Fired Football Coaches Association founder Jon Gruden to serve as his quarterbacks coach in the coming weeks.

In April, Gruden spoke at the Ohio State coaches clinic where he first met Pryor, and when he was asked if he thought Pryor is an NFL prospect, he said, "Yeah, I do -- I really do," according to the Columbus Dispatch. "Again, I'm accused of liking too many people. 'Gruden likes everybody.' Well, sorry about that. (But) Bill Walsh used to say, 'Don't tell me what this guy can't do. Tell me what he can do."

All respect to Walsh, one of the great offensive minds in NFL history, but remember this: Walsh was a big fan of Trent Edwards coming out of Stanford. We guess all anyone ever told him was that Edwards excelled at throwing the checkdown pass. That's an example of when more information would have been useful.

"And I tell you, Terrelle Pryor can run and he can throw," Gruden continued. "And he's a helluva competitor. And if I coached him, I'd find something for him to do. You might have to cater your offense to a degree towards his strengths. But I think this guy can develop his passing the more you pass the ball. And I think the guy is a unique, rare talent."

That doesn't seem to be the consensus. In fact, NFL Films' Greg Cosell, who watches as much game tape as most coaches, took to Twitter to evaluate Pryor's NFL prospects.

For your education, in chronological order:
  • "I watched 2 games of Pryor, 7-8 of the other QB in draft. Based on those 2 games, Pryor a late round pick at best." - June 8 
  • "Finished 4 game study of Pryor: Miami, Wisconsin, Iowa and Arkansas in bowl game. A developmental project. No NFL QB traits at this point." - June 9
  • More Pryor: Those who equate body athleticism to QB skills + tools will see positives. Those who see NFL QB as a craft will not see much." - June 10 
  • "More Pryor: Many issues that need major work. 2 are average arm strength + erratic accuracy. Little velocity. Can't drive ball. Poor passer." - June 10 
  • "More Pryor: For those who equate athleticism with QB he's a draftable player. I evaluated him w/late round/free agent grade. No NFL skills." - June 10 
And for those quick to compare Pryor to Cam Newton, there's one huge difference:
  • "Major difference between Pryor + Newton is Newton can throw. Big arm, drives the ball. Newton can make NFL throws, Pryor at this point can't." - June 10 
While it might be hard to make out, there is a silver lining. Again, via Cosell: "Pryor's advantage in supp. draft is no expectations. Can be a #3 QB + perhaps develop over time. Still a major question but ideal situation."

But here's the rub: you'll never read "no expectations" on the scouting report of high-round draft picks. In fact, it's how you end up with the late round/free agent grade Cosell gave Pryor. 

Of course, Rosenhaus' job is to sell his client. Or, at the very least, have that be the perception. If Pryor ends up going in the fifth round of the supplemental draft, Rosenhaus will declare it a victory. In terms of PR, he's probably right. Just something to remember, though: Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett sat out a season before entering the draft. The Broncos eventually took him in the third round, and he didn't make it out of training camp.

The expectations will be much higher for Pryor, and the scrutiny will be even more intense.

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Hot Routes 4.19.11: Belichick is open to trades

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • BREAKING NEWS: Bill Belichick is willing to trade draft picks. Shocking, I know, right? Actually, Belichick was responding to the fact that everyone thinks they'll be trading. They probably will, because that's what they do, but for whatever reason, it's just assumed that everyone can have their pile of picks if they give something else up. Maybe the Pats actually want to nail some early-round picks this time. 
  • Our own Mike Freeman hopped on Pro Football Talk Live! (it is Live! and not Live, right?) with Mike Florio to talk about the labor situation, the draft and Jon Gruden. I think Florio's a decent enough looking fella, but I prefer to take him in the ear. Er, wait -- you can listen here and watch here.
 
 
 
 
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