Brett Favre would make Jon Gruden coach of the year

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Through 10 weeks, plenty of viable candidates for coach of the year have emerged. Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre would give the award to one specific coach, based on what has transpired to date.

“I don’t know what the outcome of the season will be but if I had to pick a coach of the year right now it would be Jon Gruden,” Brett Favre said Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Some people may say I’m absolutely crazy but I think he’s done a tremendous job. I mean, think about the drama that he’s — and you just talked about not so much drama, but last year when he traded Khalil Mack and then Mack’s first game against Green Bay he just goes crazy and has a tremendous game and everyone says, ‘Is Gruden crazy?’ Trades [Amari] Cooper. Then he has the Antonio Brown fiasco at the start of the season, and all this could have just destroyed his team. I think when you look at all those things that have occurred and where they are and more importantly how they’re playing, they’re playing well and they’re responding to how he coaches. It’s just a tremendous job, it really is. I’m very impressed with what he’s done there.”

The Raiders didn’t have a true home game for seven weeks, playing in Minneapolis and Indianapolis and London and Green Bay and Houston between hosting contests at the Coliseum. And the team is moving next year. And they dealt with the distraction of Hard Knocks. Which is still nothing compared to the distraction of Mr. Big Chest a/k/a Antonio Brown, whose antics could have ripped the team apart.

With the Bengals and Jets up next, the Raiders could be 7-4 when they face the Chiefs in Week 13, and the Chiefs could be 7-4 entering that game, too. It’s an amazing thought that Oakland could supplant Kansas City as AFC West champion in a year when many assumed the Chiefs would be the conference’s No. 1 seed, again.

While Favre isn’t crazy to pick Gruden, there are still other viable candidates. Beyond Gruden, current favorites should include 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Saints coach Sean Payton, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, and Packers coach Matt LaFleur. Others could emerge over the final seven weeks — and there’s indeed a good chance that Gruden will be the ultimate winner, especially if his team not only makes it to the playoffs but also wins the division.

17 responses to “Brett Favre would make Jon Gruden coach of the year

  1. I remember about a year thinking that Gruden really bit off a lot and wondering if he could pull it off. Besides all the kids playing, they have a number of free agents they signed too and he somehow made it all come together.

    Great job by Gruden, no doubt about it.

  2. Favre is right. Gruden does deserve coach of the year consideration. If they finish 9-7 I think he should most definitely receive it.

  3. I wouldn’t necessarily object if Gruden got it. Maybe it might be more deserving if the team really takes off next year, considering then him and Mayock will have had another year to remake the team totally in their image.

    This year I would probably say Shanahan might be the one to get it. Having a healthy team (largely) has shown people how well the guy can coach. And Lynch has done a pretty decent job putting the pieces in place for him.

  4. Someone tell Favre Coach of the Year votes mean less than zero on November 13. Raiders have been better than expected to this point for sure, but people need to just keep watching for now as they haven’t even locked down 8-8 yet.

  5. “Someone tell Favre Coach of the Year votes mean less than zero on November 13. Raiders have been better than expected to this point for sure, but people need to just keep watching for now as they haven’t even locked down 8-8 yet”

    So what should he just ignore questions when asked and not give a opinion?

  6. xmgmx says:
    November 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    I happen to think the Raider’s success has more to do with Mayock.
    And who does Mayock work for? Who brought Mayock on board to the Raiders? Answer: Gruden.

  7. The Raiders offensive play calling has been outstanding this year. And Gruden has been on point in teaching these young men what it means to be a Raider. Knock on wood if you’re with me.

  8. So he gets credit for managing the disruption created by a player he brought to the team and traded two picks for? Oh, okay. Got it. Or does everyone think that was Mayock’s doing?

  9. The coaching was awful in 2018 so the bar was very low for 2019. I honestly didn’t expect the Raiders to win more than 4 or 5 wins for the entire season this year so I have been very pleasantly surprised thus far. So while I still don’t like Gruden, I’d have no issues if he’s a strong contender for coach of the year if the Raiders get 9 to 11 wins. If however they win 6 to 8 games then I don’t think he should be in the running although it’s still more than what I expected back in August.

  10. Pretty sure Bret was kidding. I remember John Madden say “Bret Favre is the greatest QB of all time. Since he’s not even top 10 Madden was probably kidding too.

  11. Hes done well for what he has to work with. Doesnt have a lot of talent but hes got Josh Jacobs and that oline and Carr is playing well under him, and thats what he winning with. I guess if he finishes it out beating the teams he can beat hes earned the right to be in the conversation. I dont think they are really a great team but I suppose that speaks about his coaching.

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