My wife watched five minutes of Jon Gruden’s QB Camp on ESPNU and declared it the most boring thing she’s ever seen on television.
I’ve loved every minute of it, even when Gruden joked about how “All the bloggers tell you what a dumbass you are because they are just so negative.”
The most surreal moment of the week came when Gruden invited his buddy Arkansas alum John Daly to watch film with Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett. Gruden asked Daly for any advice he’d give Mallett on managing his life.
“The first thing I wish I would have done was that instead of worrying about how to handle everyone else, how do I handle me? I did a horrible job. I wasn’t ready for it,” Daly said. “I think the most important thing for Ryan is how he handles himself. Whether it’s an interview or whatever, listen to the question before you answer it.
“Some of the things you are going to do off the field, think about the responsibilities. Because I’ve learned the hard way.”
Daly actually had some great advice. (See, Jon: We’re not always negative.) We could be reading too much into body language, but Mallett seemed to take the message in from a guy that may have grown up on a similar street.
“It’s not about your talent anymore,” Daly said. “It’s about what you do with it.”