Titans have no comment on whether Gruden will attend production meetings

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ESPN analyst Jon Gruden is widely expected to become the next head coach of the Raiders. Before that happens, he’ll call one more game for the four-letter network: Saturday, Kansas City. Titans at Chiefs.

It could create some tension, especially since the home team plays in the same division as the Raiders. But the friendship between Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Gruden apparently trumps any awkwardness. According to the Chiefs, they have no concerns about Gruden’s presence, and they won’t alter his access to practice or production meetings.

The Titans had no comment on whether Gruden’s access to production meetings involving Titans coaches and quarterback will be adjusted.

The Titans, in contrast, tell PFT that Gruden won’t be attending practice in advance of Saturday’s game. But that’s normal practice. Gruden attended practice prior to Tennessee’s October 16 game against the Colts, since it was a home game. Typically, the production crew attends the home team’s final practice of the week.

If the Titans keep Gruden out of production meetings, they’re handling it the right way. Friendship, schmendship; Gruden will soon be jumping back into the fray, and the Chiefs will be his enemy. Anything he sees or hears can and will be used against Kansas City later. If Gruden didn’t take that approach, he wouldn’t be properly doing the job that he likely will accept in the days after the last game of ESPN’s NFL season ends.

42 responses to “Titans have no comment on whether Gruden will attend production meetings

  1. I really think this whole thing is overrated. Does he really learn that much about what Tennessee or KC will be next year from being a part of this? I mean honestly…

  2. If you’re worried about a future coach picking up on your teams ability a season before you play them, you’re crazy. Next years roster, from every team, brings changes from 10-15 positions, new talent is brought in, some talent leaves.

    It’s not like HC is doing all the scouting from week to week either. Sure Gruden can pick up some info, but the Chiefs will have a different QB and hours of game tape will be used to scout teams and what they’re doing. It’s not like a one hour interview makes you an all knowing genie. Otherwise Joe Buck would be making billions with that annoying voice and all.

  3. I really don’t find this a big deal. Whatever he sees and hears he will hear and see on the field come the weekend anyway. I think the Chiefs are handling it the right way. Enough of the conspiracies.

  4. Story for the media only. It’s really a total non factor. Any organization that would tell any member of the media or allow them to observe specific plays in practice is just stupid. We are talking about playoff teams not the Cleveland Browns.

  5. Stupid contrived drama. Do you think coaches hand over the playbook in these production meetings? No. They tell them only as much as they want to tell them.

  6. If the Chiefs and the Titans are actually worried that Gruden will gain some inside intel while asking *broadcasting questions* that would actually compromise their ability to beat the Raiders next year, then neither team must be very good in the first place. So weak.

  7. Maybe the Chiefs will give him false information to trip him up next year if/when he takes the coaching job. That’s what I would do to my “friends.”.

  8. The only people who think this is some big deal are the media. Always making something out of nothing

  9. The Titans don’t have much to hide… Run, Run, Pass, Punt … Never put more than 2 receivers on the field at one time … Run this pass play and pray the barely-used receiver gets open, because he’s the only option.

    There – I know everything there is to know about their offense.

  10. Gruden will be placed in a box & emerge as a Chucky doll for practices. He’ll then be put at the top of the bleachers where he’ll record practices w/ his little Chucky videocam.

  11. Reid and Gruden both come from the Holmgren coaching tree, of course they are close.. and this is blown way over any way.. hes is going to call the game the same way he has called every game, and really there should be nothing he can learn from a production meeting that would carry over to on field next year

  12. It’s not like he didn’t get the same access on Oct. 19th…… It’s all kind of pointless Gruden has had access to teams and coaches for years. He’s interviewed and in some cases worked out every QB under the age of 33 in the NFL.

  13. Gruden already saw all the Titans had to offer a couple months ago, and presumably he’s also worked a Chiefs game at some point in the past. So the degree of strategic vulnerability here seems pretty low.

    I understand the concern, but I’m assuming Reid is more aware of what’s at stake than any of us are, and he’s choosing to go ahead with it. I’m guessing he thinks he and the team are good enough to beat Gruden’s Raiders regardless of what Gruden learns here, and I like that spirit more than being afraid.

  14. I know it might sound paranoid, but entertain the flip side of the argument. The dude is not just some casual friend stopping by a practice to slap high fives and hugs with people. He’s a football analysis pro and he’s getting paid by ESPN to come in and analyze your team inside and out for “TV broadcast purposes.” It might be a year away, but it’s a valuable chance to scout future enemies as they prepare for a playoff game. The Chiefs and Titans can’t really hide anything because of this. Coaching points, player tendencies, interactions, mannerisms, etc. can carry over from year to year. Belichick likely wouldn’t let him in the building and that should tell you all you need to know.

  15. Rdog says:

    The Titans don’t have much to hide… Run, Run, Pass, Punt … Never put more than 2 receivers on the field at one time … Run this pass play and pray the barely-used receiver gets open, because he’s the only option.
    There – I know everything there is to know about their offense.

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    Despite being a Titans fan I had a hard time not laughing at this.

  16. This is very strange and creepy, to be honest. Why would an AFC team want to allow a future Raiders coach into their production meeting?

    What a conflict of interest. No we know Gruden is the guy, he lied, Oakland failed to use the Rooney Rule, and now this.

    Goodell will do nothing.

  17. “Like I was saying Jon, this is what we like to do schematically and player x, y, and z are who we use for these types of plays, while players a, b, and c are the players we just for these different plays. Here’s our notebook on draft scouting, and here’s our notebook for team scouting.”
    Yeah, I doubt it goes down like that either.

  18. goodellmustgoblog says:
    January 3, 2018 at 11:31 am
    Who cares. The Pats are going to win the Super Bowl. TheNorthRemembers. Screw everyone.

    7 7 Rate This

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    Goodell and the owners’ heads will explode if NE wins it again. Expect some funny business from Goodell’s henchmen in the zebra shirts to try to make sure that DOES NOT happen.

  19. The whole story is much ado about nothing.

    However, I never cease to be amazed at the level of paranoia demonstrated by NFL teams. The Raiders aren’t on the Titans’ schedule for 2018, so there’s no way the teams will meet until the 2018 playoffs. By that time, any so-called “inside information” Gruden gained this week would be at least a year old.

    Even if one buys into the tin-foil hat conspiracies and believes Gruden is secretly gathering intel on future opponents…..he could gain far more valuable insight by signing a free agent from that team or who was cut from the roster in the weeks leading up to the game, rather than relying on random tidbits of year-old info he gleaned by wandering around the practice field once a upon a time.

    The whole thing is just freaking stupid.

  20. Umm, wouldn’t you possibly be worried that an incoming head coach would sit down with your players and get their sense on whether or not they’re happy with their current team? I could see Gruden using this opportunity to look at possible free agents or guys he’d like to trade for once he is the HC in Oak.

  21. jimjets says:

    I guess the Rooney rule is a joke?
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    It was a joke the moment the idea popped into Rooney’s head. If I were a Steelers fan I’d be embarrassed.

  22. Let Gruden steal some secrets. lol

    Can’t wait until its Reid’s Chiefs vs Gruden’s Raiders.. The buddy bowl!

  23. Coaching requires more than blowing smoke up quarterbacks butts which is about the only thing Gruden has done for a decade.

    Anybody looks good with an MVP quarterback or a stacked defense full of Hall of Famers.

    If anybody thinks he’s going to recreate magic with the brittle Carr you’re fooling yourselves.

    The best thing about this is maybe we can get somebody legit announcing for Monday Night.

  24. tylawspick6 says:
    January 3, 2018 at 11:54 am
    goodellmustgoblog says:
    January 3, 2018 at 11:31 am
    Who cares. The Pats are going to win the Super Bowl. TheNorthRemembers. Screw everyone.

    7 7 Rate This

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    Goodell and the owners’ heads will explode if NE wins it again. Expect some funny business from Goodell’s henchmen in the zebra shirts to try to make sure that DOES NOT happen.
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    Did you not watch the patriots vs the jets, steelers, or bills and you speak of this nonsense.

  25. There really is no issue here. I’m not sure why this is being blown up into something dramatic. This is this year and season. Rosters, coaching staffs, schemes, etc. will all change for every team during the offseason. Jon knowing what the Chiefs, or any team, are going to do this weekend gives him no advantage as a coach next season.

  26. The real story is Gruden has been in the booth the last seven years is to grab info on all 31 teams that’s why it took him so long to come back.

  27. The Chiefs could give the Faiders the playbook a week in advance of a game and I would still be confident that the Faiders would lose…

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