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Gruden’s special-edition QB Camp coming next week

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With quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving Ohio State and attempting to enter the supplemental draft, the good news for football fans is that we’ll be treated to an unexpected edition of Jon Gruden’s QB Camp on ESPN.

The hour-long special will air on Thursday, June 30, at 9:00 p.m. ET, which also happens to be the day on which I predict a labor deal will be announced.  (I’m fully prepared to deal with the fallout of being wrong.  But I’ve still got nine days to be right.)

The session occurred on Monday, June 20.  Starting Monday, July 27, ESPN will begin to broadcast excerpts of the show.

While it will once again be must-see TV for football fans, no one expects Gruden to be all that tough on Pryor.  As Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC said via Twitter, “I will watch Gruden with Pryor, but the danger of making these guys all look [and] sound like Unitas is we’ll never find out who [Gruden] really likes.”

Although Gruden was, in a roundabout way, aggressive in his questioning of Cam Newton’s ability to grasp an NFL offense, Gruden publicly declared thereafter that Newton will have no troubles when it comes to learning how to read a playbook and call plays.  Thus, look for Gruden to find a way to put a positive spin on Pryor’s quarterbacking talents, which will make Pryor happy . . . and which will make future quarterbacks more inclined to agree to step into the glare of the Gruden spotlight.

As to whom Gruden really likes, we think we know the answer.

Everyone.  He really likes everyone.

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16 Responses to “Gruden’s special-edition QB Camp coming next week”
  1. hobartbaker says: Jun 21, 2011 1:31 PM

    Unlike those other groupies, TP gets a “Special Edition” gig with Grudien.

  2. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 21, 2011 1:42 PM

    i can hear it now, “I mean look at this guy, your telling me no one wants a 6’5, 4.3 athelete at the QB position? This guy can palm a basketball with 2 fingers his hands are so huge, if I’m a GM, owner or coach, I am falling in love with Terelle Pryor’s stature and atheltic ability at the QB position, don’t be surprised if were talking about this guy a few year s from now as one of the best.” l

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 21, 2011 1:43 PM

    I’m going to go on record and say that people interested in the negativities Gruden holds back publically are able to get that information for some sort of vow of silence.

  4. thephantomstranger says: Jun 21, 2011 1:44 PM

    He doesn’t like Jimmy Clausen.

  5. slicknick4ever says: Jun 21, 2011 1:57 PM

    “This guy here….might be the best at what he does.”

  6. CKL says: Jun 21, 2011 2:08 PM

    He might “like” everyone, but of you pay close attention during those QB interviews you can tell what parts of their game he questions as far as being what he feels is a good pro. He drilled Locker on taking too much physical abuse when he runs. He drilled Dalton on getting complacent in games. He drilled Newton on deliberately disobeying his coach at the end of that championship game. It tells me a lot how the guys handle being questioned like that. And to Gruden, I think the mental ability (toughness, taking criticism constructively, smarts etc.) is one of the biggest things a QB can have to be successful.

  7. blackbelt4d says: Jun 21, 2011 2:28 PM

    Only 6 foot 5? He’s too short to play quarterback, says Todd McShay.

  8. ponderqb says: Jun 21, 2011 2:29 PM

    Can anyone say Jamarcus Russell?

  9. clintonportisheadd says: Jun 21, 2011 2:30 PM

    Thats the problem with ESPN. They have a predilection for giving head coaches a cushy landing spot after they have been fired. They do this knowing that the coach is not going to make TV his new career (ie John Madden) but instead is working on getting a new head coaching gig.

    Under those circumstances every team becomes a potential new employer and every player someone is may have to work with. Is it any wonder then that all we get from Gruden is “happy talk” instead of critical analysis?

  10. bunjy96 says: Jun 21, 2011 2:31 PM

    Who is teaching who?

    Maybe with all these QB camps, Gruden will learn how to deal with a young QB.

    He couldn’t as a coach.

  11. CKL says: Jun 21, 2011 3:08 PM

    Gruden knows he’s not that good with young’uns @ QB. He even made fun of himself for it on one of those QB camps this year. You could say maybe he needs to learn different teaching & critique approaches to help the young guys develop because not all people learn best with the same methods but I can’t fault him for being demanding of that position.

  12. swervinmervin says: Jun 21, 2011 3:11 PM

    Peter King has some nerve. He bases most of his comments on how well he gets along with the player or owner. Case in point is how King hardly ever has a negative thing to say about ANY Patriots player. So for him to put down Gruden for doing the same thing is stupid. Plus, Gruden does expose some of these guys. He just has a nice way of doing it. He made Clausen look like a fool. Same with Cam Newton and his one page playbook. Gruden gets his point across.

  13. hobartbaker says: Jun 21, 2011 3:43 PM

    Considering that the NFL is going to guarantee the guys Gruden has on a hundred million dollars or so in the coming months, you would hope that the feedback is largely positive. He doesn’t bother with the scrubs of any given draft class.

  14. whatswiththehate says: Jun 21, 2011 4:35 PM

    CKL says:Jun 21, 2011 2:08 PM

    He drilled Newton on deliberately disobeying his coach at the end of that championship game.
    ————————
    Wait a minute, Gruden actually drilled Cam Newton on doing what many Pro QBs have done at least once in their NFL career. Talk about an ESPN lackey. It’s clear to see who signs Mr. Grudden’s checks.

    And as usual, many of the lazy sheeplings applaud the move.
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    swervinmervin says:Jun 21, 2011 3:11 PM

    “Peter King has some nerve. He bases most of his comments on how well he gets along with the player or owner. Case in point is how King hardly ever has a negative thing to say about ANY Patriots player. So for him to put down Gruden for doing the same thing is stupid. Plus, Gruden does expose some of these guys. He just has a nice way of doing it. He made Clausen look like a fool. Same with Cam Newton and his one page playbook. Gruden gets his point across.”

    Mr. Grudden IS instructed by his employee at ESPN as to how to handle these QBs based on how the elite media feels about them. Everyone realized that ESPN had it out for Cam because of Auburn so Mr. Grudden throwing NFL verbrage at him knowing he wouldn’t be able to respond was simply doing what his employee asked of him. It was done to continue the stereotype against Cam and to show up Auburn. Noticed the same stunt wasn’t done to Blaine or Mizzou.

    If Mr. Grudden was being a real coach, all of the QBs weakeness would be exposed. Not just those that ESPN and NFLN single out and attacking.

    I don’t know which one is worst, ESPN for doing what they do or folks like you who are so small-minded that you’re quick to believe everything as reality simply because the media plays to your personal prejudices.

  15. rpiotr01 says: Jun 21, 2011 4:54 PM

    Gruden would LOVE the chance to ruin the confidence and career of every QB in this draft.

  16. deadmanwalking47 says: Jun 21, 2011 5:18 PM

    i see and hear enough of jon gruden during the regular season.wtf would i want to watch a special with him doing anything in it?

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