Tag:Jon Gruden
Posted on: April 19, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 4:10 pm

Ex-Bucs QB King takes shot at Gruden's eval skill

Posted by Will Brinson

Jon Gruden is known as an "NFL Draft quarterback expert" of sorts. This is partially because he helped the Oakland offense become historically awesome, partially because he won a Super Bowl with Brad Johnson, and mostly because ESPN is marketing him as THIS GUY WHO KNOWS ABOUT YOUNG QUARTERBACKS, whether you like it or not.

One of his former "students," Shaun King apparently takes umbrage to this designation, too, and called Chucky out on The King David Show on WQYK-AM 1010 (via Joe Bucs Fan).

"I won’t watch [Gruden's quarterback camps]," King said. "I disagree with the premise of the show. The premise is that Gruden is some kind of quarterbacks guru and that having him as a destination for a rookie QB is the ideal situation for a rookie and that just hasn’t proven to the case."

Fortunately, just a short time after King ripped Gruden's development of young signal callers, Gruden was on a conference call with the media relating to his draft evaluation. And Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk was kind enough to ask about King's comments.

"I did fail miserably in developing Shaun King and I’m sorry he'll miss our show," Gruden responded.

Now that's just a funny burn, so props to Gruden for a) taking the question in stride and b) having a hysterical response ready.

Speaking of QB evaluations, our Chad Reuter talks Draft Risers/Fallers

Unfortunately, King's technically accurate -- the list of young quarterbacks that worked under Gruden isn't exactly a list of who's who in terms of successful guys in the NFL.

While with the Bucs, Gruden drafted Chris Simms (third round), Bruce Gradkowski (sixth round), and Josh Johnson (fifth round) and traded for fourth-rounder Luke McCown. While with the Raiders, Gruden picked up Marques Tuiasosopo (second round).

None of those guys have turned out to be anything remotely above average in the NFL (though Gradkowski, somewhat ironically, started for the Raiders).

Having pointed that out, Gruden's never tried his hand with a first-round talent, and he's obviously had plenty of success with veteran quarterbacks in the NFL. He did win a Super Bowl, after all; and one in which he beat the team he basically constructed, no less.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: April 8, 2011 11:09 am

Jon Gruden gets a scare

Posted by Andy Benoit

Earlier this week, Jon Gruden was supposed to speak at the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Clinic put on by Illinois head coach Ron Zook. But the Super Bowl winning ex-Bucs coach had to call and cancel.

Why? The plane Gruden took off out of Tampa International Airport was struck by lightning 20 minutes into the flight.

"All of a sudden, the woman next to me asked, 'Did you hear something?' " Gruden said to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.

"I told her I definitely heard a weird noise. You could sense something was up. Then the flight attendant came on the speaker and said we got hit by lightning."

The plane made an emergency landing in Orlando. Gruden drove a rental car back to Tampa and promised Zook he’d speak another time.

No word on whether this ordeal will instill in Gruden a long-term fear of flying (you know, like a certain other former Raiders coach who went into broadcasting.)

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 3:20 pm

Offseason Checkup: Miami Dolphins

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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Entering their Monday Night Football matchup against the Patriots in Week 4, the Dolphins had to be feeling confident in their chances of beating New England in Miami. The Dolphins defense had looked good in knocking off the Bills and Vikings (which, at the time, was considered a pretty good win), and then Miami played the Jets to a close loss before the Patriots came to town.

A 41-14 disaster later, Miami fired special teams coach John Bonamego and never got more than a game above .500 for the rest of the season (and, in fact, finished the year at 7-9).

Coach on the hot seat, quarterback

Although Tony Sparano took a 1-15 team and turned it into an 11-5 division title winner a year later (beating out the Patriots for the honor), he’s gone 7-9 in back-to-back seasons. Apparently, owner Stephen Ross listened to Bill Parcells’ recommendation and decided to bring back Sparano for another season (though Ross DID disgustingly go out of his way to woo Jim Harbaugh for the job). But the specter of Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher still are out there and until Sparano is off the hot seat, fans will wonder about their availability.

Sparano would get a great deal of help if QB Chad Henne could put together a consistent season. WR Brandon Marshall blasted his QB at the end of last season and said he actually works better with QB Tyler Thigpen (a major ZING, by the way). It’s too early to give up on Henne, especially now that Chad Pennington will miss all of 2011 because of a torn ACL, but it’s getting to the point where Henne needs to show somebody something.

1. Running back
On paper, the duo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams would seem a surefire way for the Dolphins to rack up rushing yards and plenty of touchdowns. Yet, the Dolphins managed to finish 21st in running last season. There’s a good chance that neither back will return to Miami next year, leaving Patrick Cobbs and Lex Hilliard on the roster at RB. Which means the Dolphins will need some big-time help at that spot and which is why Alabama’s Mark Ingram might be a good draft pick (though the Dolphins might want to trade down instead).

2. Offensive line
You know what doesn’t help your third-string quarterback perform better? A terribly inconsistent offensive line. That’s what Tyler Thigpen faced in Miami’s 16-0 loss to the Bears in Week 11 – a line missing starters Jake Long and Joe Berger who then watched backup Cory Procter get injured on the second offensive series, meaning Richie Incognito had to move from guard to center. Miami could make a play for a solid center in the draft.

3. Keep improving the defense
n 2009, the Dolphins ranked 25th in the league in defense, but last year, they improved that number to No. 13. Most of the starting front seven is solid, but Miami’s DBs had a tough time hanging onto interceptions last season. It also would help if they got more playmakers in the secondary.

After Ross stopped emasculating Sparano for Harbaugh and then gave him a two-year extension, Ross made it clear he wanted a more aggressive, more exciting offense. Sparano, though, said he plans to keep running the ball more often than not. Could we see both? I suppose, though I kind of doubt it.

I also don’t see a playoff run with Miami, considering the Patriots and Jets still will be battling for AFC East supremacy. All of which means the meddling Ross probably will fire Sparano, and then, everybody can just start over again in Miami. Which means we might not see good pro football in Miami for a while.

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:10 pm

Gruden's plane hit by lightning

Gruden Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On his way to participate in a coaching clinic in Champaign, Ill., the plane carrying former Buccaneers and Raiders coach Jon Gruden was hit by lightning last week and had to make an emergency landing in Orlando.

The bolt hit the plane about 20 minutes after taking off from Tampa, and the woman sitting next to Gruden said, “Did you hear something?”

"I told her I definitely heard a weird noise,” Gruden told the Tampa Tribune. “You could sense something was up. Then the flight attendant came on the speaker and said we got hit by lightning."

As the plane landed in Orlando, fire trucks surrounded the runway. From the tarmac, Gruden called Illinois coach Ron Zook and told him he wouldn’t make it to the clinic. Then, Gruden drove home to Tampa in a rental car.

Gruden promised Zook he’d be at the clinic next year. This, of course, assumes more lightning storms don’t wreak havoc with his mode of transportation.

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 11:34 am

Eagles: Gruden/Reid talk 'simply a rumor'

Posted by Will Brinson

Sometime around midnight on Sunday, the Internet briefly exploded with rumors that Andy Reid was stepping down as Eagles head coach and being replaced by Jon Gruden.

Fortunately, this rumor is as ridiculous as it sounds.

"Early this morning, we have received several inquiries regarding the rumors regarding Andy Reid and Jon Gruden," the Eagles said in a statement. "This was simply a rumor and there is no basis to it at all. It is simply not true."

For whatever reason, the rumor started because Jon Gruden was in Philadelphia, which is something millions of famous people do millions of time per year.

Additionally, the Saints issued some sort of statement about Sean Payton leaving for Dallas (also not true), although it's believed that the rampant Reid rumor started earlier.

In unrelated news, Adam Sandler was in Dallas on Sunday, so he may be replacing Jason Garrett as Dallas as soon as yesterday.

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:27 pm

Checking in on Browns' coaching search

Posted by Andy Benoit

At the end of the BCS National Championship, Mike Tirico asked his Monday Night Football and (for that night) radio partner Jon Gruden if he would return to coaching in 2011. “No, I’ll be back with you,” Gruden said.

Gruden ostensibly wants to watch his high school senior son play one more year of football. His son said a few months ago that the plan for his dad was to return to coaching in 2012 and take either the 49ers or Browns job.

Obviously, those jobs will almost certainly not be available now. The Niners gave Jim Harbaugh a five-year, $25 million contract last week. As for the Browns…

Whispers around the NFL are that Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the leading candidate. Prior to joining the Rams in 2009, Shurmur spent 10 years as an offensive assistant in Philadelphia. The Eagles run a West Coast style system that Mike Holmgren prefers (and likely requires).

Another offensive-minded head coach in the mix is Mike Mularkey. The Falcons offensive coordinator interviewed for the job on Saturday (the Browns visited him in Atlanta). But according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the process was rushed (Mularkey sort of had a lot on his plate – you know, with the playoffs and everything).

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has also interviewed, and there are rumblings about former Bears/Dolphins/Pitt Panthers head coach Dave Wannstedt. It is believed that Wannstedt is not necessarily a head coaching candidate, but rather, a possibility as a defensive coordinator.

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:53 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 9:23 pm

Hot Routes 1.6.11: Get your chapstick ready

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Will Brinson 

  • Hey, you. Yeah, you. Not impressed with the job Tom Coughlin did this season? Think he should have been fired despite the Giants 10-6 record? Yeah? Well, you can kiss his ass, then. You all can line up and kiss his ass.
  • John Elway has joined Twitter. Hopefully, he won't be as psychedelic and, well, weird as Jim Irsay).
  • Mike Mularkey has decided not to interview for the Broncos head coaching job at this point, though he still will interview with the Browns. He wants to keep focused apparently on the Falcons playoff run.

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