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Jon Gruden: “I’ll be back someday”

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Jon Gruden’s first 30-minute QB Camp episode of the year, airing all week on ESPNU, focused on Jake Locker.  Spending so much time with one prospect was a good idea by the producers and helps make it a must-watch for football fans.

One of the funniest moments came towards the end.  Gruden was telling Locker how you have to have a thick skin in the NFL because things change fast.  He mentioned how last year’s top rookies  Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen, and Colt McCoy would all have new offensive coaches this year.

Gruden said in Tampa that one day he was winning a Super Bowl, and the next he was in charge of the FFCA:  “The Fired Florida Coaches Association.”

“Look at what they did to me man,” Gruden growled, motioning to a photo of a car with the tires taken off.  “I’ll be back someday.”

That day won’t come for at least another year, with rumors scheduled to start up again around December.  Gruden’s public stance that he’ll return “someday” will only serve to feed the beast.

In the meantime, I’ll unabashedly enjoy him as an analyst.  His love for the game and especially the passing game comes across in the show.   Even if he may love the players a little too much.

“With the way you compete and the talent you have, just enough people are doubting you, it’s perfect,” Gruden told Locker.  “I got a feeling about you.”

We’ll see how many of those feelings he gets in the next few weeks.

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26 Responses to “Jon Gruden: “I’ll be back someday””
  1. dcowboy77 says: Apr 12, 2011 4:02 PM

    Like frosty the snowman.

  2. JSpicoli says: Apr 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    Another great Al Davis discovery. Davis was the only guy interviewing him for HC in 1996 when Davis eventually caved to the players whims and hired Joe Bugel. He went back to Gruden the following year, having been impressed with him in ’96. After one year of Bugel, Gruden got the job in ’97. No one else in the NFL was interviewing him for HC jobs. Only Al.

  3. shackdelrio says: Apr 12, 2011 4:06 PM

    Why should people watch Jon Gruden talking to young QBs? The man never once successfully groomed a young QB once as a head coach. In Tampa, he always surrounded himself with guys like Brad Johnson, Brian Griese, Tim Rattay, Luke McCown and Jeff Garcia that were has-been’s or never-were’s. The only time he tried to groom a young QB was Chris Simms and it was a failure. Gruden hosting a show about young QBs would be like having Mark Brunell and Charlie Batch host Mad Money.

  4. jlb10 says: Apr 12, 2011 4:08 PM

    come home to oakland chuckie!

  5. hobartbaker says: Apr 12, 2011 4:10 PM

    Chucky XVIII

  6. scytherius says: Apr 12, 2011 4:12 PM

    God I hope so. ANYTHING to get him off the air. Worst announcer on the planet.

  7. stoutfiles says: Apr 12, 2011 4:15 PM

    After seeing his interviews, Gruden doesn’t love football. He loves football players like I love supermodels.

  8. tombradyswig says: Apr 12, 2011 4:34 PM

    “Even if he may love the players a little too much.”

    yeah, ya think?!?!

    Chucky is a goon and always will be one!

  9. frankdatank23 says: Apr 12, 2011 4:45 PM

    Has an opportunity to become the next john madden. I really thought the browns job was the perfect scenario for him…. didn’t happen tho. Now he makes these comments !?!? What is he waiting for ? He’s staying in the booth, just wants to be called “coach” as long as possible.

  10. bengalsown says: Apr 12, 2011 4:50 PM

    “I went and had lunch with Aquib Talib (insert any name here), and I tell you what, you’ll never meet a nicer young man.”

    -Jon Gruden

  11. dgforreal says: Apr 12, 2011 5:03 PM

    I don’t care where he coaches but he needs to come back.

  12. hobartbaker says: Apr 12, 2011 5:06 PM

    Gruden comes across as cute and affable. Just don’t bring him home and stick him in the closet.

  13. cover2blitz0 says: Apr 12, 2011 5:11 PM

    as a bucs fan for gruden being such a qb guru you sure could have fooled me with some of the garbage we had at qb over the years

  14. schmitty2 says: Apr 12, 2011 5:14 PM

    Ask Gruden and he will tell Locker should go Number 1..and so should Newton..and so should Gabbert..oh and so should Mallett

  15. gregjennings85 says: Apr 12, 2011 5:24 PM

    Yeah, you’re right, Gruden only helped in the maturation process of Brett Favre and Rich Gannon, helped TAMPA BAY and BRAD JOHNSON to win a Super Bowl, and was the youngest head coach in NFL history to do so.

    Gruden is an NFL coach, through and through, and at some point, when he wants to, he will be a head coach again.

    RE: Talib, yes, he clearly is in a constant state of immaturity, but when focused, the guy can lock down a WR. Still, I’m sure Gruden would not make that pick if he could do it all over again. I’m sure he’d go with either Chris Johnson or DeSean “I will long be considered a hero in Green Bay” Jackson.

  16. trenaro says: Apr 12, 2011 6:04 PM

    KC will be waiting for JG or Bill Cowher.

  17. CKL says: Apr 12, 2011 6:09 PM

    Gruden does gush too much at times on MNF. But he’s great on these pieces..he gets after these kids. I like how Locker handled himself and I’ve always liked how he handled criticism since I’ve been watching him. He even teased Gruden a bit.

    And to Gruden’s credit he DID poke fun at himself for loving “45-46 YO QBs” like Garcia.

  18. lostsok says: Apr 12, 2011 6:19 PM

    Gruden always tries to find the good in people, rather than highlighting–or even fabricating–the bad, as most analysts do.

    I fine that refreshing.

    However, it always makes him every bit as unreliable as 99% of the other analysts, even if it’s because he tends to skew positive rather than negative.

  19. stonedwhitetrash says: Apr 12, 2011 6:25 PM

    Jon’s favorite word to describe a big hairy NFL player is LOVE. ” just looove that guy”

  20. 1buckeye76 says: Apr 12, 2011 6:47 PM

    shackdelrio says: Apr 12, 2011 4:06 PM

    Why should people watch Jon Gruden talking to young QBs? The man never once successfully groomed a young QB once as a head coach. In Tampa, he always surrounded himself with guys like Brad Johnson, Brian Griese, Tim Rattay, Luke McCown and Jeff Garcia that were has-been’s or never-were’s. The only time he tried to groom a young QB was Chris Simms and it was a failure. Gruden hosting a show about young QBs would be like having Mark Brunell and Charlie Batch host Mad Money.

    Umm, because he’s a superbowl winning coach, a former qb, and an offensive minded coach… who else do you want to hear talk about QB’s? Garcia went to a pro-bowl while playing for Gruden and Brad Johnson won a SB with him… not exactly has beens or never weres… way to bash Simms too, dude suffered a lacerated spleen in a game and kept playing.

  21. 1buckeye76 says: Apr 12, 2011 6:48 PM

    hopefully Gruden’s next job will be in Columbus

  22. billionsvsmillions says: Apr 12, 2011 7:18 PM

    The same Gruden that did nothing after winning the bowl with Dungy’s team?

  23. tashkalucy says: Apr 12, 2011 7:28 PM

    Like many before him, Gruden became a national broadcaster, threw out some inside terminology and observations during a game that any 2nd year intern knows, and everyone thinks he a genius. Only a matter of time before an owner makes the mistake of hiring him. Think Matt Millen in pro football and Quinn Buckner in pro basketball.

    Gruden took Tony Dungy’s defense, added a respectable offense, and won the Super Bowl. Since then every team he had has been worse than the one the year before. He may have loved the players, but the men on the Bucs roster sure didn’t love him back.

    He’s great for TV and especially ESPN. After every play — “[Name] is one of my FAVORITE [position name plays]“! “[Name] is one of the BEST [position name plays] in the league”!

    In an America where marketing is not only more important than sustenance but has even baffled the population to believing that living on credit can go on forever as the entire economy crashes around them, Jon Gruden has proven to be a man for his times. Heck, instead of going back to the NFL, he should run for President.

  24. notdumb says: Apr 12, 2011 8:37 PM

    uhh duhhh he never groomed a young QB. i love moron comments like that i guess there are no good QBs and every team should just be looking for the best QB groomer

  25. thefiesty1 says: Apr 12, 2011 10:31 PM

    @shackdelrio – you were almost correct but Chrissy was a failure before Gruden tried to make him a player. Oh, by the way Criss Simms is still a failure. Even Gruden couldn’t keep him on the field because every time things weren’t going very well, he mysteriously was hurt.

  26. Canyonero says: Apr 12, 2011 11:06 PM

    That’s a lot to think about tashkalucy, but you have to admit having Gruden on air beats having — say, a Dick Jauron. After each play he’d mumble, “That was adequate.”

    I want Gruden to coach again. Dungy’s Bucs were teetering at a Super Bowl for awhile there, and it seems Gruden was in the right place when it all came together. But to win like that against the Rich Gannon Raiders?? It was epic.

    For now all we have is his brother OC’ing in Cincy. If he crashes out, how that affects Jon Gruden will be interesting.

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