Jon Gruden: We tried everything to make it work with Antonio Brown

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Oakland head coach Jon Gruden says Antonio Brown and the Raiders just weren’t meant to be.

“We just have exhausted everything,” Gruden said. “We tried every way possible to make it work. And all I’m gonna say is it’s disappointing. I’m really proud of our players, our coaches, our front office, our owner. We did everything we could to make this work. I’m sorry it didn’t. I apologize, but I’ll tell you, I’m very proud of what we did as an organization to try. I wish Antonio the best. I’m sorry we never got a chance to see him in silver and black. Very disappointing. I looked forward to coaching him but it’s not going to happen.”

Gruden says he bears no ill will toward Brown and will wish him well wherever he ends up.

“He’s a good guy. He’s misunderstood by a lot of people but he’s a good guy, he’s a great player, and I hope he gets what he’s looking for,” Gruden said. “I just don’t think it worked. It didn’t fit here.”

Closing with a joke, Gruden was asked if it was really his voice on the video Brown released, and answered, “It wasn’t Frank Caliendo.”

77 responses to “Jon Gruden: We tried everything to make it work with Antonio Brown

  1. is there anything about Antonio Brown that suggests he would sign a low cost, team friendly deal based on what we just witnessed? He just turned down 30M because he feels his “obvious talent” should exclude him from simple rules such as showing up to work. If anything, he’s probably at home licking his chops at the news that Julio is about to make 22 a year. In AB world, this means he is now entitled to even more than what Oakland was going to pay him

  2. Gruden says all the right things in the media. No doubt he swallowed his pride to make this work.

    But he’s got to be seething underneath about how rotten an apple Antonio Brown is.

    He took the entire organization for a ride, but in the end, they’ll have paid him nothing. So in the end, the joke is on Antonio Brown, and he played it on himself.

  3. As a coach, as an organization once you acquire talent you have to be able to bring out the best in that player, and keep that player on the field.

    The Raiders brought out the absolute worst in Antonio, and didn’t even make it to the first game with him.

    It’s an epic failure on their part. Part of a loooooong list of failures for that franchise.

    When the Steelers had him in their locker room they got the best out of him.

    Raider, Gruden, and Mayock. You’re in way over your heads in roster building, and in roster management.

  4. Closing with a joke, Gruden was asked if it was really his voice on the video Brown released, and answered, “It wasn’t Frank Caliendo.”

    That’s funny.

    Let’s face it. It was never going to work because AB would rather create drama and be the center of attention. For him it was always “I want…I want…I want…I want.” He wants everything his own way and doesn’t feel he should adhere to any rules. He threw a temper tantrum about losing out on his $30M guarantees and now he has $0M.

    Why is he like that? Go to his IG feed and look at all the people supporting AB and talking about how he was wronged. #smh

  5. As much as I like to clown on the Raiders as a Ravens fan, I can’t fault them here. No one could have predicted this Chernobyl tier melt down from a 31 year old man.

  6. Gruden probably took the high road because AB will get the NLFPA to go after his $30M if he isn’t signed by another team. Now no one can accuse the Raiders of looking for excuses to cut him and get out of paying him.

  7. TO got frozen out while he could still play. This guy is the tail end of his WR career at 30. He will be begging for league veteran’s minimum next year after running through his money like the typical NFL player.

  8. Even with his talent and NFL teams ignoring character to win games, 90% of the teams don’t let him past the Mayock thing, never mind the noir film and everything else the two days after the Mayock thing.

  9. Horsehockey. The Raiders wanted this guy out and they did not want to pay him. He was done after the Mayock fiasco when he released internal documents and then verbally attacked and threatened Mayock on the practice field. Rosenhaus knew they were at the minimum suspending him, so he contrived a hail mary public apology so if they did suspend him it would look unwarranted. Instead the Raiders outsmarted Rosenhaus by imposing another big fine and voiding his guarantees right after the public apology. They knew full well Brown would Instgram himself off the team and look bad doing it. “Hey, we tried but we can’t commit that kind of money to someone who does not want to be here.”

    That said..Brown brought this on himself and he is responsible. I truly believe he has some serious issues mentally. I hope he gets help.

  10. So when do the Raiders announce they have signed AB to a new multiyear million dollar contract? 1:01 pm PDT? AB has made the Raiders something the media has to talk about. He’s the Trump of the NFL.

  11. Chucky: ‘AB’s really a good guy.’

    He just didn’t want to follow long-advanced league guidelines about helmets, didn’t want to attend practice when he didn’t feel like it, didn’t want to learn/adhere to California law about phone-call taping and didn’t feel it was a problem to assault his team’s GM while tossing various verbal epithets during the scuffle.

    Sure, Chuck, AB’s a really good guy. /s

  12. I respect Jon Gruden for getting rid of Brown so fast. Most people would be too insecure to make that move, even though it’s best for the team. Gruden broke into the league with the 49ers’ dynasty that featured Jerry Rice. Then he went to Green Bay where they had Sterling Sharpe. He coached Irving Fryar with the Eagles, and Tim Brown and Jerry Rice when he was the Raiders head coach. He won a super bowl in Tampa Bay with Keyshawn Johnson. Gruden knows a thing or two about winning, and a thing or two about great WR’s. Antonio Brown might be the best WR Gruden’s ever been around. I don’t blame him one bit for trying to make it work. Gruden wants to win. When it became obvious that Brown wasn’t serious about football, Gruden pulled the plug. Great move by Gruden. Now there are 53 guys in Oakland all marching to the beat of the same drummer. Good riddance!

  13. I will say this: Mike Tomlin deserves the Nobel. Seeing how this exploded almost spectacularly, you have to think that Tomlin and the Steelers did the best they could since 2010. And they got draft picks to boot. Hat tip to that organization.

  14. It’s a damn shame,,,not for Brown (screw him) but for players like Doss who get released for lack of spot.

  15. “He’s a good guy. He’s misunderstood by a lot of people but he’s a good guy, he’s a great player”

    No, he’s not a good guy or misunderstood Mr Sunshine. You can stop kissing his rear end already, he’s off your team and you’re never going to be coaching him.

    Hopefully no one else will be either in the NFL. He should not be offered a contract by any team.

  16. bendurdonedat says:
    September 7, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    So now Chuckie has lost Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and Antonio Brown. Mind boggling.

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    For Mack and Cooper we have Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram and an upcoming 2020 1st round pick. Pittsburgh lost AB too and Pittsburgh paid AB over $20 million (over 1/8th of their salary cap) to not play for them this year.

  17. This whole thing is disappointing but the Raiders did the right thing in pretty much every way here.

    I laugh every single time I read a comment of an armchair GM calling out the Raiders for signing and trading for AB and the new storyline of lauding of the Steelers for “dealing with” AB for so long.

    1. The same people making fun of the Raiders now are the same people praying he would go to their team when the Steelers made him available. Literally the same names aha.

    2. The Raiders gave up a 3rd/5th for arguably the best WR in the NFL and cut him without paying him a dime the second it became obvious he wasn’t going to keep his head on straight enough to make it through(in this case to) the season. Actually by my math AB owes the Raiders about $270K. If that’s not smart business I don’t know what is.

    3. What are we lauding the Steelers for? If they were dealing with anything CLOSE to what has been going on with AB publicly with the Raiders and not only kept him around, but kept giving him more money, that’s laughable, not laudable. He should’ve been out of the league years ago. Especially considering they didn’t win not one ring with him in 9yrs.

    At this point I’m honestly worried for this guy. I’ve NEVER seen anyone in any sport throw 30m dollars down the drain over what is essentially self inflicted issues. That’s some real busted business from Mr.Big Chest. I hope he gets the he’ll he needs before he hurts himself or someone else.

    If nothing else the 100th NFL season is off to a BOOM. Pun intended.

  18. walllamp947460497 says:
    TO got frozen out while he could still play.
    ==

    That’s a myth. Seattle signed Terrell Owens after he left Cincinnati and he was with the Seahawks all throughout training camp and much of the preseason.
    He still looked amazing physically — standing still — but he was a step slow and did next to nothing for the team before he was cut. Many balls he once would have caught in his sleep sailed past his fingertips, and there were more drops.
    Other teams scouted Seattle’s games (as they do all others), and there was film available from his preseason games. Clearly other teams agreed with the Seahawks that TO was done.

  19. Those who pin the blame on Gruden for this are idiots who have obviously never managed people for a living.

    I have.

    Some people have great skills that would make them obviously successful. And then their downside is that they only pick and choose when they want to use the talent and the rest of the time they CHOOOSE to put themselves ahead of the team and work to destroy the efforts that they themselves have produced. You simply cannot overcome the intentional and willful attitude of some people who could be all world in their field but spend their time cutting off their hands and feet and their nose to spite their face.

    There are those in the NFL and the overall workplace who have half the actual talent that AB would bring to the table but they spend every waking minute of their business life working to expand their output and product and I’d always want a team filled with those less talented people who seek to work with the team instead of against it. I can always offset someone’s weakness using someone else’s strength, but you cannot overcome stupidity, laziness, selfishness, and arrogance. I would always choose to allow that kind of person to work for my competitor because any outstanding effort by that person will be sunk by the rest of his work product and attitude – and that will mean throwing dynamite into a team concept of less exceptional talents who have each others’ back and who have positive energy inertia.

    I really hope this clown goes to New England. He is the kind of cancer that keeps on multiplying and is an intoxicating talent that on face would solve lots of offensive problems. And then he always does spiteful things to ruin everything you’ve done.

  20. How would Gruden feel about Brown if he’d gone off on him like he did Mayock? Hard to see how any of his players respect him. Guess we’ll see but I expect this to impact the team.

  21. All these people saying “league minimum”…I can’t see it. The guy just jackassed himself out of a 30 Million guarantee. He won’t be playing for league minimum. He’s too high on himself.

  22. bendurdonedat says:
    September 7, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Giants on line 1. Redskins on line 2.
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    XFL on line 3

  23. AB compiled his stats play with Big Ben. We may never know what he can do with, say, Mitch Trubisky, Jacoby Brissett or Derek Carr throwing the ball to him.

  24. I believe Gruden in this case. Gruden bent over backwards to placate Brown mainly because Gruden didn’t want to be laughed at for making such an imbecilic trade in the first place.

    It’s too bad that the “coaching genius” made absolutely no effort to subdue his ego a year ago and let Khalil Mack continue playing for the Raiders.

    Mack of course is the polar opposite of Brown.

  25. Let’s be clear here. He’s not misunderstood. Pretty much every former teammate has said that this is the real him, that this is who he is. Listen to Ryan Clark talk about the guy. No Gruden, he’s not misunderstood. Some people are just unbelievable jerks. He’s one of them. He just happens to be talented too.

  26. Oh, yeah, he’s a great guy alright. If by great guy Gruden means throwing furniture out of a 14th floor apartment with no regard for anything or anyone, pushing his woman around, and, in general, behaving as if the world revolves around his desires, then, yes, he’s great. I sure am glad I don’t know any great guys like AB.

  27. Giants on line 1. Redskins on line 2.
    ============================

    Even those teams aren’t that stupid.

  28. Only Brown could turn a $50,000 fine into a $30 million loss. Financial genius he is not. I’m betting if he showed up for practice and games and been a good team player the Raiders would have restored his guarantees but Mr Big Head’$ pride got in the way. Brown is a deadly virus to team chemistry and any team that now signs him deserves the chaos he’ll bring.

  29. AB is the worst kind of person. A total jack ass who has absolutely no self awareness. And stupid to boot!

  30. Hey Antonio, remember when you asked if people will miss you if you dont play football.
    Your answer is coming tough guy.

    SKOL

  31. That’s the problem. You tried everything you could, when you should have dropped the hammer on him the day he quit showing up for work because he was crying about his helmet. People have been bending over backwards for this guy for his whole career and he’s never been held responsible.

  32. Antonio Brown is not a good guy and he’s not misunderstood. Everyone who’s not messed up themselves know exactly what he is–a spoiled, narcissistic sociopath. The fool is trying to be all about himself while playing a team sport, and that just doesn’t work. Anyone close to him who isn’t telling him that he’s wrong and needs to straighten out is just using him to get out of him what they can. They’re users and are the only people he can attract because he’s that way himself. And sadly, based on the way he talks and writes, he really doesn’t have the smarts to ever realize that and he never will. His life will be a series of disappointments from here on out as the things for which people used him dwindle away, and those people will follow. Then the man who’s all about himself will finally and fittingly be all by himself.

  33. Why would anybody buy a Mr. Flat Chest jersey in the first place? Especially when the 1st melt down happened in Pittsburgh. No one to blame except yourself, just like the idiot himself.

    Mayock 2 Idiot 0

    Sincerely,

    Big Ben

  34. IF Gruden even uses the word accountability from this point forward, he would be a hypocrite. Fire Gruden! He caused this!

  35. People should stop comparing Brown to Josh Gordon. Gordon is an INTROVERT, and is a NICE person. He is polite and is well liked by most everyone hes played with and for. The kid has a social/nervous issue and smokes weed. Its HARD for him to be around crowds or deal with life, conflicts etc without weed.

    BUT he has NEVER been violent or disruptive or argumentative – and he actually IS a very hard working player in practice and games. In fact hes basically the OPPOSITE of Brown. Thats why Brady Belichek etc genuinely LIKE him. The kid has a problem but he’s NOTHING like Brown.

  36. “Doing everything” in exchange for some unique athletic skills is part of the problem.

    Set standards and then enforce those standards.

    The moment AB threatens an assault on the general manager, he should be off the team. No second chances.

    Yes, everybody makes mistakes and tolerance is important.

    But at some point, those in positions of responsibility must make it clear that threats of criminal behavior have dire consequences.

    Imagine some kid in school threatening to beat up the principal. Not immediately suspending the kid does a disservice to all the other kids not making threats AND also to the kid making the threat.

  37. No you didn’t Gruden. You and Mayock planned the whole thing out. Fine him and void his guarantees. Who else would plant the story about Mayock being called a cracker? You let the media do your dirty work. You wanted him gone, he’s gone.

  38. 33bcannon says:
    September 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Chucky: ‘AB’s really a good guy.’

    He just didn’t want to follow long-advanced league guidelines about helmets, didn’t want to attend practice when he didn’t feel like it, didn’t want to learn/adhere to California law about phone-call taping and didn’t feel it was a problem to assault his team’s GM while tossing various verbal epithets during the scuffle.

    Sure, Chuck, AB’s a really good guy. /s

    ——————–

    He had frostbite on his feet and resolved the helmet issue. The frostbite wasn’t his fault if you cared to research it. Mayock leaking he was called a cracker started the ball rolling again with the media. Mayock wanted to get rid of him but couldn’t until the guarantees in his contract were voided. They were voided yesterday without prior notice and Brown responded as expected. The Raiders then did what they wanted to all along.

  39. 3. What are we lauding the Steelers for? If they were dealing with anything CLOSE to what has been going on with AB publicly with the Raiders and not only kept him around, but kept giving him more money, that’s laughable, not laudable. He should’ve been out of the league years ago. Especially considering they didn’t win not one ring with him in 9yrs.

    ——–

    Pretty much exactly what I was thinking. Plus people are commenting that many players have said Brown had antics going back years. What we are witnessing today is more likely the result of years of coddling and enabling him, certainly not containing him.

  40. Really? Gruden is “really proud” of wasting two draft picks on a guy who quit on his prior team during a playoff? Gruden is “really proud” of having the entire preseason engulfed in this drama? Memo to Gruden: the Brown trade was a disaster. You are solely responsible for it. You have nothing to be proud of. You should be embarrassed.

  41. How is it that Gruden has no ill will? Because of Brown they let Gordy Nelson go. Because they thought Brown was in they lost Keelan Doss to the the Bucs. Because of Brown they for fitted a third and fourth round pick for him. If he were not on my Fantasy team I could only hope someone breaks his legs.

  42. Bob. Just Bob. says:
    September 7, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    How would Gruden feel about Brown if he’d gone off on him like he did Mayock? Hard to see how any of his players respect him. Guess we’ll see but I expect this to impact the team.
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    You are relying on unnamed sources who have an agenda. No-one has confirmed what really happened. Brown denies he called Mayock a cracker. Mayock’s silence is deafening. It leads me to believe Mayock planted the story with his buddies in the media. Be upfront, stop being a coward. You got what you wanted.

  43. Gruden kissed Brown’s behind. He’s still kissing it. What a phony Gruden is. Mike Mayock better watch his back with Gruden working for him.

  44. I feel bad for Jon (Chuckie) Gruden.

    I like him, he was looking forward to having AB and the poor guy gets the shaft when he shouldn’t have.

    Knock on wood if you’re with me.

  45. Maybe he should have negotiated with Belichick if they wanted to keep AB!
    No way this contract just appeared and settled within an hour…

  46. Glazer just stated the Raiders decided to get rid of him on Thursday and talked with teams about a trade.

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