Insane. On Sunday, cocky Adam Schefter strutted his stuff on Twitter, and SportsCenter reporting that Jon Gruden will be the next Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders. I for one, cannot believe a team would make such an asinine decision to hire Gruden. Not only are they going to hire him, they are offering him an Ownership Stake! INSANITY!
What a complete, and utter gong-show. Was Gruden once a very good NFL coach? Absolutely, the man has won a Super Bowl. It was clear by the end of his tenure in Tampa, that the game had passed him by. Hi defense wasn’t what it once was, and he had an aging roster. Since his win over Oakland in 2002, his teams toiled in mediocrity. He was fired in 2009. Since that time he’s done Hooter’s Commercials, and “Gruden’s QB Camp”. They really want to hire this guy? He is a goddamn media personality now. He has been for quite some time, what makes the Raiders think he will do any better than Del Rio?
The Raiders pretty much pissed on Del Rio this past weekend. He was fired after going 6-10, just one season after finishing 12-4. Del Rio is a joke in his own right, but the man restored respectability to a once proud Franchise. They canned him before they could even get on the flight home. That’s the Oakland Raiders for ya!
Overall I’d be super pissed if my team went after Gruden. Granted, he’s probably (definitely) better than Hue Jackson. Gruden is a media circus. The internet lost it’s bonkers when the news broke. Now imagine mini-camp, OTA’s, and Training Camp? Going to be a fucking zoo.
I’d also be worried about how long he was removed from NFL coaching. He hasn’t coached a game in nearly 10 years. Long ass time to be removed from the best league in the world. Back in ’09 it seemed like Gruden’s methods and schemes had gone stale. Wonder how they will look in 2018-19?
Now, I think he could be a good coach for a still very young Derek Carr. I think Gruden’s ability to connect with Quarterback’s on a personal, and coaching level is very real. Spider 2 y Banana man!
I would also like to think that he is inheriting a pretty good roster. The Tampa 2 defense he inherited in Tampa Bay was one of the best of all time. He doesn’t have anything similar in Oakland, but they have Kalil Mack, Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Amari Cooper, Donald Penn, and many other good foundational players Jon can work with. I still think this is an extremely asinine decision to mortgage so much on a man who’s been a TV personality for so long. The Raiders had better hope this works out, or dark times will be ahead.