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Jon Gruden returns to coaching, sort of

Jon Gruden has a dilemma.  He loves to get his Chucky on, telling football players what they’re doing wrong and what they need to do to fix it.  But he can’t do it from the three-man booth at Monday Night Football, lest he potentially burn bridges in an industry with only 32 possible destinations.

So Gruden has found a way to feed the monster by concocting via his ESPN employment opportunities to tell football players what they’re doing wrong and what they need to do to fix it.

Gruden spent the offseason working as offensive line coach with Carrollwood Day High School in Tampa.  With ESPN cameras present.

So here comes Chucky, showing 32 NFL owners that he still can bring the heat, just like he did during those pre-draft sessions with a quartet of quarterbacks — which in the process potentially reduced the draft stock of Jimmy Clausen.

The three-part series will air on SportsCenter on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

And, unlike Gruden at the draft, the SportsCenter special most likely will show up for the third day.

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24 Responses to “Jon Gruden returns to coaching, sort of”
  1. Play4Blood says: Jul 9, 2010 6:19 PM

    I still can’t believe Clausen didn’t see the tripwire Gruden was laying in front of him. Nevermind his attitude problem, the boy may just be plain stupid.

  2. InnocentCriminal says: Jul 9, 2010 6:25 PM

    Man, how cool would it be to be a kid on that team?

  3. 7370355q$ says: Jul 9, 2010 6:26 PM

    wasn’t gruden acquired from oakland through draft picks? I didn’t know you could do that for a coach.

  4. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jul 9, 2010 6:40 PM

    In other news, Jeremy Green recently ran a football camp for boys and girls aged 5-9.

  5. digitalbath says: Jul 9, 2010 7:15 PM

    kanssas city did it for edwards[from jets]

  6. redbeardxxv says: Jul 9, 2010 7:39 PM

    What exactly has Gruden done? I mean, Dungy built the Bucs that championship year, Gruden simply stepped in at the right time, and happened to end up playing the Raiders in the SB, where he just happened to install the defense the year before. He knew how to attack them, because it was his scheme. Everything he did for the team brought them from the glory days of Dungy to where they are now……. Good job Chucky, no wonder you’re not in Tampa anymore…

  7. booska says: Jul 9, 2010 7:39 PM

    Every thing Gruden said about clausen was true. Calling five offensive timeout in a big game isnt what you expect with a first round draft pick.

  8. Corey says: Jul 9, 2010 7:51 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me why anyone thinks Gruden is a good coach.
    I live down here in Tampa and his years here were terrible.
    Also, I read in the paper that he asked the Florida High School Athletic Administration for permission to enroll Tim Brown and Charlie Garner in the school he was coaching at. When they said no, the Chucky face really came out.

  9. BucsFan says: Jul 9, 2010 8:04 PM

    u mean 31 possiblities

  10. HarrisonHits says: Jul 9, 2010 8:13 PM

    “wasn’t gruden acquired from oakland through draft picks? I didn’t know you could do that for a coach.”
    @7370355q$,
    Gruden was still under contract to Oakland at the time so the Bucs had to pay Oakland for the rights to his contract. In this case 2 x 1st round picks, 2 x 2nd round picks and 8 mil in cash.

  11. robert ethen says: Jul 9, 2010 9:12 PM

    Nice to see Gruden has found his level of competence as a football coach.

  12. 7370355q$ says: Jul 9, 2010 9:14 PM

    @HarrisonHits
    The only coach I’d be giving that kind of asking price up for would be Lombardi

  13. JoeButler says: Jul 9, 2010 9:31 PM

    I have been around the game. Coach Jon Gruden knows the game of football. He has solid coaching skills and with another opportunity, he and his staff will get it done.

  14. randy33872 says: Jul 9, 2010 11:54 PM

    Gruden is a great coach..but.. look at both the teams he left. No direction for the future! I hope wherever he winds up they have a strong GM ! This guy can flat out coach !! But his administrative skills are really bad ! He needs to let the GM control those things.

  15. Tdk24 says: Jul 10, 2010 12:06 AM

    He won the superbowl because he coached against the dumbest coach in america.

  16. skinny pigeon says: Jul 10, 2010 12:27 AM

    The NFL no longer allows a team to send draft pics for a coach.
    And Gruden won the Super Bowl with Dungy’s defense, but it was a retooled offense. He never would have won it without Dungy’s defense, but Gruden’s offense made the difference.
    That being said, I’m glad he’s gone from Tampa.

  17. HC says: Jul 10, 2010 12:50 AM

    @redbearxxv:
    You are an idiot.
    For one thing, the core of that team became Buc players when Sam Wyche was ther, not Dungy.
    Secondly, the Bucs were expected year after year to get to the Super Bowl with all their talent – yet under Dungy they only got as far as the NFCCG, and that was just once.
    Third, Gruden (and Allen) brought in several players that had a huge impact in winning that Super Bowl.
    Lastly, do you really think the Bucs would have ever won a championship with Dungy’s offensive philosophy? Other than Buddy Ryan, I don’t believe the NFL has ever had a worse head coach on the offensive side of the ball.
    Bottom line is that the turnaround for Tampa Bay was the death of cheapskate Hugh Culverhouse, and a CBA that included a salary floor. Tony Dungy is given way too much credit for the turnaround; he vastly underachieved with what was one of the best defenses in NFL history.

  18. Mainbucsfan says: Jul 10, 2010 1:35 AM

    Gruden was a great coach for the bucs. 3 division championships and a superbowl win in 7 years. He never should have been fired because 6 of those years the bucs were over the salary cap, so he had to do it with cheap no good free agents. Let’s see radio do that

  19. raideralex99 says: Jul 10, 2010 2:41 AM

    I wish Dungy was the coach when the Bucs played in the SB because the Raiders would have won their 4th ring.

  20. Dukeshire says: Jul 10, 2010 9:01 AM

    If Florio says Gruden may have potentially reduced the draft stock of Jimmy Clausen, then it must be so. He did after all, link his own article where he took Gruden to task for not having a hypothetical conversation with Clausen about leadership.
    Who needs actual news with Florio around?

  21. HarrisonHits says: Jul 10, 2010 11:19 AM

    “The only coach I’d be giving that kind of asking price up for would be Lombardi”
    @7370355q$
    LOL nobody said the Glazer’s were smart in their sports business dealings. There’s a reason the Bucs are terrible year after year and everyone in the UK want them out as owners of Manchester United.

  22. Bradenton Buc says: Jul 10, 2010 12:55 PM

    Good for him and Carrollwood Day. Gruden’s kid plays QB and DB at Carrollwood Day. I too am a Bucs fan and da*n glad he came and da*n glad he’s gone. If you think that NFL teams are swayed either way by a TV interview with a kid, vs their own research, you are sadly mistaken. One thing, Gruden does know is football. Much, much more than certain “talking heads’ around here.

  23. winslow says: Jul 10, 2010 1:10 PM

    “Gruden spent the offseason working as offensive line coach with Carrollwood Day High School in Tampa.”
    You should see those gruesome grimaces that he taught to the guards.
    Gruden is a slightly better than average coach. Give him superior talent and he’ll win. But give him equal talent and he struggles. 95-81 in 11 years. Mediocre, although he did win a Super Bowl.
    Not exactly sure what Dungy has done to deserve the insults above. A record of 139-69 with a Super Bowl win and one losing season in 13 years. Pretty damn good.

  24. Steve W. says: Jul 10, 2010 1:19 PM

    The NFL no longer allows a team to send draft pics for a coach.
    And Gruden won the Super Bowl with Dungy’s defense, but it was a retooled offense. He never would have won it without Dungy’s defense, but Gruden’s offense made the difference.
    That being said, I’m glad he’s gone from Tampa.
    __________________________
    Yeah, but even Sapp says it wouldn’t have happened without Gruden. As Sapp put it, the players had gotten a bit lax, and they needed someone to come in and give them a swift kick in the butt. Personally, I don’t buy into the Dungy mystique. He had the same problem in Indy that he had in Tampa Bay…great in the regular season, shaky in the post season. Once he finally got the SB win, however, he suddenly became the greatest coach out there according to some. Not hardly. The only really challenging team they faced that post season was the Patriots. The Bears had an amazing defense, but their offense was horrible. I don’t believe that a coach has to be a jerk to be good, but a little bit of fire doesn’t hurt.
    Oh, and as for the guy who said only Lombardi was worth what the Bucs paid to get Gruden…Lombardi didn’t go near personnel decisions. His success was built on a roster created by someone else. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s why teams have GMs. It’s just that if you’re going to slight Gruden because the players he won with were already there, then the same can be said about Lombardi. Personally, I’d say that if you include finding players as part of the head coaching job, the three best coaches are Paul Brown, Bill Walsh, and Bill Belichek…in that order.

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