Gruden on Keyshawn: “You’ve got to have some thick skin”

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On Sunday, ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson took a shot at ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, saying that Gruden messed with his head when Johnson played for him. On Wednesday, Gruden took his opportunity to respond.

During an appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, Gruden was asked about players publicly criticizing coaches, and he quickly turned it into an opportunity to bring up Johnson’s comments.

“I had a guy on SportsCenter say he couldn’t get along with me the other day on TV,” Gruden said. “So I know how it feels. You’ve got to have some thick skin, and you’ve got to know when things get tough there are going to be some negative things said.”

It actually wasn’t SportsCenter, it was Sunday NFL Countdown, but it was interesting that Gruden felt the need to bring up Johnson’s comments. If Gruden’s skin were really thick, wouldn’t he just let it go?

In any event, I have a feeling this is the last we’re going to hear about it, as ESPN will likely tell both guys to put a sock in it.

33 responses to “Gruden on Keyshawn: “You’ve got to have some thick skin”

  1. Of course they don’t get along. Didn’t Gruden kick him off the Buccaneers in the middle of a game? That doesn’t exactly foster a close relationship between two people.

  2. Would you rather have Cowher or Gruden as your next head coach.

    Thumbs up for Cowher

    Thumbs down for Gruden

  3. ALTHOUGH JOHN GRUDEN IS A GREAT COACH, HE DOES COME OFF AS VERY ABRASIVE, NOW AT THE SAME TIME, IF YOURE MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, YOU KINDA HAVE TO JUST DEAL WITH IT (WHATEVER IS BEING SAID) AND GO TO WORK JUST LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD.

  4. Its a total joke that ESPN hired Keyshawn “MeShawn” Johnson,,,he’s exactly the type nobody really cares to recieve insight from b/c he’s selfish, arrogant & clearly doesnt get the team aspect of the game….I guess T.O. or Ocho is next once they are forced into retirement (like MeShawn) due to lack of interest by the league

  5. I”m not surprised. I love both these guys becasue they could get upset over anything, some guys just like to argue and make a point. They both could argue how round a circle is.

  6. I’m sooo over Gruden. congratulations Jon you won a superbowl with Tony Dungys’ team 8yrs ago and you’ve been riding that wave for too long now. Go Away!!!

  7. I have stopped watching Sunday Countdown. They are nothing but clowns on that show. Besides Ditka, I don’t respect anyone’s opinion on that show.

  8. GOD someone put a sock in Gruden’s mouth. He has made Monday Night Football utterly unwatchable.

  9. Gruden was never that great a coach. He has real trouble developing QBs. Most of the time, he just settles on bringing in stop-gaps at the position. Actually, in hindsight, he does that pretty much at EVERY position. He’s not a groomer like Bill Walsh or Don Shula was, he’s a plug & replace Head Coach, and I’m not a big fan of that sort. Hope he’s not the next HC of my Dolphins. God help us!

  10. Everyone wants to have an opinion. But its hard to know what truly happened without being there. Sometimes in life good people simply do not get along for whatever reason. I have known some really good people that I simply did not click with. It happens and in an environment like the NFL where there is tremendous pressure on everyone. It is not surprising things like this happen.

    The Keyshawn/Gruden incident was a blemish on Both Gruden and Keyshawn’s rep and its something that I am sure both regret. We all make mistakes everyday. Fortunately not mistakes that are in the public eye that people never forget. I think we hold these players and coaches to a standard that is way to high.

  11. I bet that face of him up top is the same one he makes when he pulls up to kfc and they tell him their out of potatoe salad.

  12. I have to admit that I would rather watch Chuckie on the side lines and read his lips (not very hard to do) when things go badly. He’s very entertaining in that venue, but not so much as an analyst.

    Keshawn is totally worthless, on the field or in the studio. I’m surprised that he hasn’t rewritten the books on how to play football, he considers himself to be such an expert. Just once I’d like to see Ditka or Jackson smack him across the mouth. He shows no respect to them at all.

  13. Keyshawn was a diva. Sensitive. Just like TO, Chad, Dez Bryant. They’re punks. Give me a guy like Wes Welker, Andre Johnson, Hines Ward. Those are the type of receivers I want on my roster.

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