By now, Jon Gruden’s shtick has become so obvious that it’s easy to be numb to it. Everything about every team is positive and great and wonderful, because to actually behave while in the booth like a scowling (and thoroughly entertaining) malcontent could eventually limit his options or leverage when the time comes to make his inevitable return to coaching.
Since Gruden’s in-game routine goes against his scowling (and thoroughly entertaining) malcontented nature, Gruden needs the preseason reps, like players and coaches do. And it looks like Gruden already is in midseason form.
Here’s Gruden’s quote, regarding Jacksonville punter Bryan Anger, a third-round pick in 2012. (Yes, the Jaguars under former G.M. Gene Smith devoted a third-round pick to a punter.)
“They drafted him high a couple years ago,” Gruden said. “People questioned that, but when you look at the amount of punts and how good he’s punted, he was worth the pick.”
Unless Anger is destined to become Ray Guy, Anger didn’t merit selection ahead of the other players available, especially since only 69 others had been taken before the Jags burned a third-round pick on a position that with good scouting could have been filled in the late rounds of the draft or after it ended. In round three of the 2012 draft alone, other players still on the board included Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon, Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu, Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton, and a pair of the best young quarterback in the NFL: Nick Foles of the Eagles and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks.
Yeah, Anger was worth the pick.