Jon Gruden may finally put his money where his mouth was on Nathan Peterman

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A string of pathetic performances that seemingly have proven quarterback Nathan Peterman to be unworthy of NFL unemployment has created a cottage industry regarding his comings and goings and potential pro football platforms. Put simply, we care about Peterman’s possible next stop because we can’t comprehend the fact that he’s still getting opportunities.

Peterman’s latest opportunity is intriguing for another reason. Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who reportedly will give Peterman a workout, repeatedly raved about Peterman before the 2017 draft, calling him the most pro-ready quarterback of a group that included Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Mitchell Trubisky.

Peterman is ready to walk in and be a contributor from day one,” Gruden wrote in April 2017, via “He just looks like a pro quarterback — coming out of the huddle, running an offense with different formations, shifting, motioning, different patterns that other colleges don’t run. Peterman will recognize route combinations and associate formations. . . . Most importantly, he will be able to get in a huddle from day one and look at 10 grown men and tell them where to go and what to do and handle a versatile snap count.”

Gruden also gushed about Peterman during a pre-draft conference call.

“He is sharp,” Gruden said of Peterman. “He is in the channel, I think, of success. I think he’s going to be a real good pro quarterback. I think any team in the league, you can cater your offense for Peterman. He’s a lot more athletic than people think. And he can handle an extensive amount of football, so the teams that are really ambitious with deep, thick playbooks, those are the teams that Peterman would fit in with. But I hope he gets with one of those guys that can really stretch him and challenge him.”

So maybe Gruden looks at Peterman’s professional experiences to date and says, “He’s yet to be with one of those guys that can really stretch and challenge him. Fortunately, I’m one of those guys.”

At a time when Gruden’s coaching skills are being criticized almost as much as his personnel-evaluation skills always have been, Peterman provides an opportunity to prove that Gruden can spot and develop young talent. Which could help Peterman get a spot on the roster heading into the offseason program. And which could give him a leg up when it comes to possibly being the backup to Derek Carr, along with a vague chance that maybe Peterman at some point, if all goes well, will get a chance to supplant the current starter.

41 responses to “Jon Gruden may finally put his money where his mouth was on Nathan Peterman

  1. This is exactly why one shouldnt assume that if you coach the game and/or played the game, that it automatically qualifies you to run a personnel department. There’s a reason most GMs start as lowly scouts for many years while learning the nuances of evaluating.

  2. To be fair to Gruden, Peterman can get them to 3-13 for a lot less than $22.5 mil next year.

  3. Gruden with the gutsiest of moves. I’m kinda rooting for him now. Gotta respect him for making bold moves instead of safe ones that would keep him employed an extra year or two. Love it or hate him, it’s going to be fun watching what happens with the Raiders the next year or two

  4. If you’re trying to guess what any intelligent coach is going to do based on what they say, you’re going to be wrong more often than right. When you see a coach cover his mouth with a clip board (on the sidelines) while he’s talking, he’s usually telling the truth. Gruden is a football junkie and he’s ultra positive. When he worked on TV, I don’t think I ever heard him say anything negative about any players or coaches. If Gruden signed all the players he said something positive about, he’d have a 900 man roster.

  5. Gruden is a bonafide “coaching genius”. After all, who could dispute the acumen of someone who proclaimed that Johnny Manziel was the best player in the 2014 draft? No doubt that if Gruden was with the Raiders in 2014 he would’ve drafted Manziel instead of Khalil Mack.

  6. there is a reality here that I know some media wouldn’t really know is that if you go back I would estimate the half of his interceptions were not his fault. Countless balls bounced off WR hands and a few were then returned for TD’s. To be honest I know everyone likes to use him as a punching bag but is being evaluated by being behind one of the worst o-lines with out any WR a true indication of how good of a talent he actually is I think not. You guys can punch all you want but I am rooting for him

  7. Gruden turned Rich Gannon from a 10-year journeyman backup into a four time Pro Bowler with the Raiders. Sometimes all it takes is the right system and coach.

  8. There’s only so much you can do with a QB who can’t throw the ball more than 20 yards downfield or outside of the hash marks without it being a 90% chance of an interception. It’s like trying to play the entire game inside the red zone, where the defense has a much smaller area of the field to defend, except without the possibility of scoring. He gets intercepted on almost every tipped/deflected pass because there’s always going to be another defender right there to grab it. Whatever little respect I had for Gruden will be gone if the Raiders sign Peterman.

  9. In Peterman’s defense, a third of his interceptions have happened while he was being hit in the head during his delivery and another third have bounced off receivers’ hands. The rest were because he stinks. He is indecisive and takes too long to throw. His five or six good looking passes seemed to occur on plays where he had only one option.

  10. conormacleod says:
    December 19, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Gruden. Cowher. McCarthy. Arians.

    The game has simply passed them by. These guys should not be hired ever again.


    Arians? Arians just finished a 5 year run (2013-2017) with the Cardinals prior to this year with a record of 49-30-1 and a Conference Championship appearance. Including a wildcard appearance with Drew Stanton (started 8 games) and Ryan Lindley as his quarterback with (Carson) Palmer injured. And Arians took over a 5-11 Cardinals team.

  11. Jon Gruden may finally put his money where his mouth was on Nathan Peterman: because Gruden’s history is over-flowing with the development of young QB’s…

  12. I don’t think anyone got signed after Coach kicked the tires. He did like him a lot coming out of college so maybe that factored in. Sounds like a coach doing his due diligence, and isn’t that his job?
    End result – nothing happened to the roster, haters will always hate.

  13. billswillnevermove says:
    December 19, 2018 at 7:25 am
    That’s my coach! Extended to a 20 year contract!


    It was YOU that said Peterman looked great in his one preseason game and that he was going to tear it up, LOL!

  14. To be fair, if Gruden can make Peterman into a viable NFL quarterback; he would absolutely cement his legacy as a QB guru.

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