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Jon Beason bristles at Jon Gruden criticism

In his short time as an analyst, former Raiders and Bucs coach Jon Gruden has developed a reputation for being overly positive in his remarks about any and all teams, coaches, and players.  It’s widely believed that Gruden eventually will return to the NFL, and that he’s being careful not to unleash his Chucky persona under circumstances that could make it harder for him to get a job in an industry with only 32 possible head-coaching positions.

But he apparently slipped out of character last week, directing at Panthers linebacker Jon Beason some rare criticism during Thursday during the ESPN broadcast of the game between Carolina and Baltimore.  Beason, who is in the process of moving from middle to weakside linebacker in the Carolina defense, didn’t like it.

“It was a little slippery out there and I slipped on one play where
Gruden referred to me as a fish out of water,” Beason said, per Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com.  “I
appreciate it.  It’s just a little added motivation, more fuel to the
fire.  When I see coach Gruden I’ll let him know how I feel about it.”

Because the Panthers collectively played like a school of beached barracudas last year, Beason and Gruden won’t see each other at all during the 2010 regular season; Carolina has no Monday night games.

Still, Beason’s reaction proves that coaches who still want to get back in can never reach their full potential in the broadcast booth.

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55 Responses to “Jon Beason bristles at Jon Gruden criticism”
  1. FireJerryJones says: Aug 17, 2010 10:32 PM

    Here’s an idea. How ’bout Beason shuts his yap and plays.
    What has Beason ever done but cash checks?

  2. BENCHTJACK says: Aug 17, 2010 10:33 PM

    Who cares FAVRE IS COMING BACK!!!!!

  3. JoeSchmoe says: Aug 17, 2010 10:33 PM

    So a bad pun becomes fuel for the fire? Uh… ok…

  4. rjgreen3 says: Aug 17, 2010 10:38 PM

    a lot of players were slipping and sliding last week. baltimore put new/different turf in during the offseason and it looks like it was a little bit slicker than the old turf. we will know if a lot of leg injuries are racked up during this season!

  5. dsheik says: Aug 17, 2010 10:40 PM

    lol@Beason
    Jeez as soon as Chuck finally criticizes someone they cry about it.

  6. lurch's nyquil says: Aug 17, 2010 10:41 PM

    Florio, normally I do not bash you or your site. Good lord man where did you come up with beached barracudas? Umm, I might be wrong but I think it would be beached whales.

  7. MrHumble says: Aug 17, 2010 10:41 PM

    I didn’t know that John Gruden would criticize anyone……..has to be a mistake.
    In other NFL news, Aaron Rodgers went to see a sports pyschiatrist today complaining about having to kiss BF’s ass for 3 years while riding the pine.
    Pyschiatrist told him to calm down and reminded him that BF has been gone from the Packers for 3 years now.
    Rodgers” Yea but now he’s coming back to kick my ass for the second year in a row”
    Psychiatrist: Ummm, you’re the third person to see me today about the same problem.
    Rodgers: Oh, who else has this problem?
    Pyschiatirst: Two guys named Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy, do you know them?
    Rodgers: “Oh Shit”

  8. JaggedMark says: Aug 17, 2010 10:41 PM

    Jon Gruden criticized someone?
    When the hell did that happen?

  9. McWest says: Aug 17, 2010 10:43 PM

    Hey, Florio, how come you didn’t jump on Jaworski’s comment to Gruden near the end of the game? It has all the makings of “schism” at ESPN.
    I’m not sure of the exact quote. But it was near the end of the game. Gruden was gushing about the Giants and Jets. And I think (not sure) Gruden predicted both teams to be in the playoffs. And Jaworski replied with “and next week the Cardinals and Titans will be playoff bound.”

  10. Marcinik07 says: Aug 17, 2010 10:43 PM

    Ok

  11. OJPimpson says: Aug 17, 2010 10:52 PM

    Ok..

  12. smithopher says: Aug 17, 2010 11:01 PM

    I’m surprised that of all teams he’d choose to criticize a member of he chose the Panthers, who’s coach is probably on the hot seat more so than any other coach this season… if Fox doesn’t do something good this year, Gruden could find himself being a favorite to be the next coach. I think the top currently unemployed coaches to be hired have to be Gruden and Cowher… Gruden ran a 4-3 so he’d be a logical choice… Oh well.

  13. OSC says: Aug 17, 2010 11:05 PM

    Beason’s in the process from moving from strongside to weakside linebacker?…I thought he was the middle linebacker…

  14. diskoh says: Aug 17, 2010 11:08 PM

    “Beason, who is in the process of moving from strongside to weakside linebacker…”
    Beason was a middle linebacker. An all-pro, pro bowl middle linebacker.
    Leave it to Florio…

  15. JaggedMark says: Aug 17, 2010 11:13 PM

    I guess the Darrelle Revis negotiations have went underground. Haven’t heard or read a thing about that in 3 days.

  16. rjgreen3 says: Aug 17, 2010 11:15 PM

    @MrHumble
    now that’s some funny sh*t……….lmfao

  17. Jack Acid says: Aug 17, 2010 11:16 PM

    Sounds like Beason is overreacting.

  18. jbwbubba says: Aug 17, 2010 11:19 PM

    The panthers were a .500 team last year. Not great but bad either, including crushing the giants in their last game at the meadowlands.
    And Firejerry, Beason’s only being one of the top tacklers in the league since day one and making two pro-bowls.

  19. polakojones says: Aug 17, 2010 11:20 PM

    McWest says:
    August 17, 2010 10:43 PM
    Hey, Florio, how come you didn’t jump on Jaworski’s comment to Gruden near the end of the game? It has all the makings of “schism” at ESPN.
    I’m not sure of the exact quote. But it was near the end of the game. Gruden was gushing about the Giants and Jets. And I think (not sure) Gruden predicted both teams to be in the playoffs. And Jaworski replied with “and next week the Cardinals and Titans will be playoff bound.”
    ——————————————————-
    yep caught that..that was quite the shot indeed!

  20. TheToolofTools says: Aug 17, 2010 11:32 PM

    He is a fish out of water switching positions.
    He’s man enough to man up.
    It’s all good.

  21. Dave The Panther says: Aug 17, 2010 11:32 PM

    FireJerryJones…
    Why don’t you shut YOUR YAP!!!! Beason happens to be the Best MLB in the game. INCLUDING THE OVER RATED PAT WILLIS in SF.

  22. smithopher says: Aug 17, 2010 11:43 PM

    hahah yeah i like that too mr humble hahahah good stuff

  23. Pantherfan10 says: Aug 17, 2010 11:50 PM

    FireJerryJones says:
    August 17, 2010 10:32 PM
    Here’s an idea. How ’bout Beason shuts his yap and plays.
    What has Beason ever done but cash checks?
    ==============
    Nothing apparently other than make a couple pro bowls and become what many believe the 2nd best linebacker in the NFL….

  24. hendeeze says: Aug 17, 2010 11:52 PM

    Dave the Panther, you sir are a retard.
    Beason doesnt suck, but hes not even close to Willis. Why? Who talks Beason up? oh himself.
    Who talks Willis up? Everyone but Willis.
    Doesnt matter what you think, the rest of the world knows the truth. If Beason is so good why has he been overshadowed by a non producing Peppers for the last couple of seasons? Oh yea cause he isnt the BEST MIKE BACKER IN FOOTBALL

  25. sethb22 says: Aug 17, 2010 11:57 PM

    just like “the departed” movie, their guys you can hit and guys you cant hit. gruden is almost a guy guy you cant hit, so im so settlig this right freakin now. DON’t HIT HIM!
    3 years dont put Beason on rippin’ Chucky status, yet!

  26. mwcarolina says: Aug 18, 2010 12:06 AM

    what’s funny is that if Fox is gone next year, Gruden could be his head coach

  27. Jack Burton says: Aug 18, 2010 12:08 AM

    Jaworski’s shot at Chucky was hilarious, spot on.

  28. One Post Wonder says: Aug 18, 2010 12:14 AM

    Pretty impressive little blurb you have here.
    Firstly, you didn’t even correctly state Beason’s former position. Jon Beason played the mike linebacker position for the vast majority of his career in Carolina prior to 2010, during which time he was elected to two Pro Bowls, a first team All-Pro in 2008, and a second team All-Pro in 2009. Someone who has somehow made a living offering analysis about football should probably know that.
    Secondly, I don’t think you mean “collectively” when describing the Panthers play in 2009. Collective generally means the entire team. Certainly you’re not talking about the running game, which was the first in NFL history to produce two 1200 yard rushers. Of course you’re not talking about the offensive line which helped produce it. We know you’re not talking about the defense Jon Beason played for, which Football Outsiders has ranked as the 5th best in the league in 2009. No, by collectively, you’re probably referring to one player, Jake Delhomme, who benching led the Panthers to collectively finish 4-1. That’s okay, you can be forgiven for not knowing the definition of a term on a first grader’s flash card. You just write for a living and have a law degree.
    Thirdly, the team’s collective play comparable to a beached fish aside, you’re falsely equating winning record to MNF appearances. Just a brief glance at the schedule would show a few teams with worse 2009 records than the Carolina Panthers. These include bottom dwellers like Kansas City, the Bears twice, and even an appearance by your favorite miserable team, which hasn’t been relevant for the better part of 15 years with few exceptions. Furthermore, MNF is no longer the marquee matchup of the week. Much like the rest of ESPN, it’s made up of mostly hype, pomp, and an inflated sense of self importance, not actual results on the field. Once again, much like the team you shamelessly apologize for.
    In your long history of making up stories about the Carolina Panthers, this isn’t as embarrassing as you running and hiding from an on air, over the phone confrontation with Steve Smith, but it’s probably more mind numbing than you claiming the Panthers were firing their oldest front office employee when they decided to allow the contract of their third oldest scout expire.
    More credit do you, Mike. You’ve managed to make a successful website based around reporting contract numbers, editorializing AP articles, and throwing as many noodle rumors against the wall as possible in the hopes that one sticks.
    This does kind of highlight that the only thing you’re worse at than speaking on camera (which is like watching a beached barracuda suffer a slow, painful death while children poke it with a stick) is actually knowing something that isn’t mentioned in the article you’re shamelessly riding the coat tails of.

  29. bigbolt says: Aug 18, 2010 12:33 AM

    Gruden is the worst announcer in MNF history. It’s just a 3 hour love fest every MNF broadcast. Embarrasing.

  30. Rhapsody says: Aug 18, 2010 12:47 AM

    Anyone who listened to the Monday night game saw Gruden in almost a constant disagreement with Jaws. At one point, Gruden was very critical of the Giants (?) defense for poor coverage, while Jaws insisted that the QB did an effective job of freezing the safety with a pump fake. They kept it up the whole broadcast. At halftime, Gruden wished that Frank Gifford would come back to MNF, afterwhich Jaws wished that Kornheiser would come back. It’s gonna be an interesting season.

  31. BigSkyCatGuy says: Aug 18, 2010 12:55 AM

    Beason’s only better in coverage and pass rushing and speed than Willis, made two Pro Bowls, and has done so with garbage at defensive line. But he’s nobody and done nothing.
    Kinda like the Cowbitches in the playoffs, right, FireJerryJones? You won one game since the last time we knocked you out of the playoffs. Congratulations.

  32. Steve W. says: Aug 18, 2010 1:28 AM

    Uh, Florio, I don’t think Gruden has to worry about finding a job if he decides to coach again. He’s a well respected coach, and there aren’t too many SB winning coaches on the open market. There’s Gruden, and there’s Cowher. As for him making the jump back to coaching, his contract means that he’s going to be with ESPN for at least this coming year. I think this just might blow over by the time he’s ready to come back. As for the idea that “Beason’s reaction proves that coaches who still want to get back in can never reach their full potential in the broadcast booth”, would you mind explaining that one a little more? One player whines about being called out on one play, so now Gruden’s broadcasting career is going to hurt his chances of returning to coaching? Really?

  33. TheSleepness says: Aug 18, 2010 1:30 AM

    the 07 draft saw willis, revis, & beason leave in round 1.

  34. wintermoonrising says: Aug 18, 2010 1:34 AM

    I’m fine with either as long as they don’t try and push their secularism on me! There is no place for that kind of ignorant ideology in the public square! You got that Jake Plummer!?

  35. DeathByPurple says: Aug 18, 2010 3:13 AM

    Thank goodness that #4 is coming back…being T Jack’s grammar coach is kicking my ass.

  36. VoxVagina says: Aug 18, 2010 5:22 AM

    @Mr. Humble
    That’s cute, you made up a funny little story. Good one, champ

  37. Pantherfan10 says: Aug 18, 2010 6:22 AM

    hendeeze says:
    August 17, 2010 11:52 PM
    Dave the Panther, you sir are a retard.
    Beason doesnt suck, but hes not even close to Willis. Why? Who talks Beason up? oh himself.
    Who talks Willis up? Everyone but Willis.
    Doesnt matter what you think, the rest of the world knows the truth. If Beason is so good why has he been overshadowed by a non producing Peppers for the last couple of seasons? Oh yea cause he isnt the BEST MIKE BACKER IN FOOTBALL
    ============
    Everyone knows peppers is over hyped, its cause beason dosn’t go out saying dumb things, getting in trouble, or cry about his contract

  38. KingBat says: Aug 18, 2010 7:16 AM

    beason is one player that can back up what he says… gruden might want to calm down on making comments about this dude…

  39. I Registered To Post This says: Aug 18, 2010 7:18 AM

    “Here’s an idea. How ’bout Beason shuts his yap and plays.
    What has Beason ever done but cash checks?”
    Yeah, what has two time Pro Bowler and All Pro NFL linebacker Jon Beason ever done but cash checks?

  40. kravon says: Aug 18, 2010 8:21 AM

    Jon Beason is a glorified midget. If you have seen the Panthers play on a regular basis you would know they are a terrible at tackling.
    Beason is the only player with the ability to tackle. Therefore his stats are inflated.
    Kravon
    PFT Charter Member

  41. Jeremy says: Aug 18, 2010 8:22 AM

    I missed that one, but I about fell out of my chair when Gruden said something about bad defense in the Jets game. And I about died laughing when Jaws was immediately like “Whoa, Jon! Sanchez!! You’re supposed to being gushing about Sanchez!! What are you doing!?”
    Ok, maybe that’s not a direct quote, but that was the jist of it.
    Maybe Gruden is even get sick of his own act.

  42. pantherdan89 says: Aug 18, 2010 8:23 AM

    Beason moved to the weakside because Thomas Davis tore his acl in otas. In the Panther’s defensive scheme, the WLB is the key play maker and is manned by the most athletic LB on the field. Since Davis went down, Beason moved to that position to help the team. Haters can jump on Beason for answering a question from the media if they want but its clear they no nothing about Beason or the Panthers.

  43. Bradenton Buc says: Aug 18, 2010 8:29 AM

    Gruden has become a very good “talking head”. It is refreshing to hear him in the MNF booth bantering with Jaws from a opposite”man that knows” prospective. MNF has not been this good in many years. As to Beason, he’s right. Beason still has a way to go to play up to his previous position standards. But it will happen.

  44. Mooch says: Aug 18, 2010 8:59 AM

    John Gruden criticized someone!?!?!?!
    Really?!?!?!?
    I turn down the volume on him, as he is the worst of all time. Clearly keeping his future coaching options open, he doesn’t say a bad word about anyone.
    My most hated line from Gruden – said 1,000s of time each telecast – is some variation of:
    “This guy is tough”
    “This guy is a FOOTBALL PLAYER”
    Makes Kornheiser look like Madden.

  45. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 18, 2010 9:45 AM

    Davethepanther
    I hope you see this man, CAROLINA SUX , your franchise is garbage, YOUR FANS ARE NO-HEART TURN COAT WUSSES, and Beason is the 2nd best ILB in the league next to that underrated stud from San Fran.
    If it wasnt for Beason and Smith your team would be a bag of shit. I’m sad Jake isnt there anymore, that clown was the epitemy of your fairy ass franchise.
    You would think sucha cool city would have a better fanbase. I came all the way from Jersey to watch the Eagles whoooop that ass at your home opener. THE PANTHER FANS ABANDONED THE STADIUM IN THE 2ND QUARTER. . .
    Me and my boys in the Vick Jerseys sat at the top level of the stadium just so we could shit on your entire city..
    Run your mouth some more. stuck at 8-8

  46. bayou says: Aug 18, 2010 10:15 AM

    Why the hell would they move him to weakside. He is a beast in the middle. The next move the panthers make, John Fox out the door.

  47. I Registered To Post This says: Aug 18, 2010 10:17 AM

    myeaglescantwin your Tourettes medication is on the counter.

  48. SnarkAttack111 says: Aug 18, 2010 10:42 AM

    LMAO @ myeaglescantwin talking about the first game of the 2009 season when his precious Eagles got bent over by their hated rivals during Wild Card weekend – bet that still stings.
    Typical classless fan from the self-proclaimed “City of Brotherly Love” – what a joke that is. And I’m sure you did sit at the top of the stadium – b/c no self-respecting Panther fan would sell a bunch of Jersey trash decent tickets.
    Oh and BTW, that’s pretty cool that you and your “boys” traded in your Ed Hardy tees and white sunglasses for a weekend in order to wear the backup QB’s jersey. ……..seriously, that’s sweeeet.
    I’m sure you didn’t talk tough like that when you were down in Charlotte, though, b/c you would have talked yourself right into a southern-fried @$$ whoopin’.

  49. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 18, 2010 10:53 AM

    all u cats try to hate on the birds cause you hate that youre not part of it.
    it’s cool , jealousy is a bitch. keep it coming

  50. Marvin49 says: Aug 18, 2010 11:47 AM

    @Dave The Panther
    ummmm….riiiiiight.
    OK…um, I like Jon Beason and all, but he is NOT the best ILB in the NFL.
    Willis is overrated? Riiiiight.
    I think you need to put down the pipe.
    Willis is the best ILB in the NFL right now and what makes that even more impressive is that he plays in a 3-4 defense so he often has to fight off guards to get to the ball carrier.
    Its cool and all to like your team and root for its players, but you need to grasp reality as well.
    Willis is a three time pro bowler and 2 time All-Pro.

  51. I Registered To Post This says: Aug 18, 2010 11:48 AM

    In other news maybe if Jon Beason would spend less time at the check cashing place on South Tryon and more time on the practice field his career would be going somewhere

  52. Marvin49 says: Aug 18, 2010 11:57 AM

    @BigSkyCatGuy
    Um…why is Beason better that Willis in coverage and pass-rushing?
    Beason: Tackles/Sacks/INTs
    2009 141 3.0 3
    2008 138 0.0 3
    2007 140 0.0 0
    Willis: Tackles/Sacks/INTs
    2009 152 4.0 3
    2008 141 1.0 1
    2007 174 4.0 0
    Looks like Willis has more tackles and sacks (sacks by a 3 to 1 margin BTW) than Beason only 2 fewer INTS. Willis also has 2 career pick 6’s compared to zero by Beason.
    …and don’t give me the lame no D-Line excuse either. Beason plays in a 4-3 where everything is funneled to him. Willis plays in a 3-4 with only 3 down linemen and routinely has to fight of O-Linemen to get to the ball carrier.

  53. Raiders757 says: Aug 18, 2010 12:05 PM

    Jon Beason bristles at Jon Gruden criticism
    ———————————————
    I’m still bristling over the fact that Monday night football is on that pathetic network known as ESPN. The sooner the NFL leaves them in the dust, the better things will be for the viewers.

  54. OSC says: Aug 18, 2010 12:38 PM

    @myeaglescantwin: Yeah, that about sums it up…”myeaglescantwin.”
    @FireJerryJones: Wow…just…wow. This is why Dallas fans are grouped intop the category of complete morons. People like this tool.

  55. OSC says: Aug 18, 2010 12:40 PM

    @myeaglescantwin: Yeah, that about sums it up…”myeaglescantwin.”
    @FireJerryJones: Wow…just…wow. This is why Dallas fans are grouped intop the category of complete morons. People like this tool.

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