Why the NFL is a Better League With Jon Gruden on the Sidelines
Not only is Gruden a bankable star, but he has the passion and knowledge to revitalize a dying franchise. (Hint: I'm talking to you, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers.)
Unbelievably, the latest reports indicate that the market for Gruden is dry, according to NFL.com's Marc Sessler.
If I were in charge of one of the seven NFL franchises searching for a new head coach, I'd get Gruden to my office as soon as possible, and here are a couple of reasons why.
Gruden's been away from the rigors of coaching for four years now, and there's no better time than the present for "Chucky" to make his return.
It's going to be harder and harder to convince him to make his way out from behind the microphone the longer he gets comfortable sitting in the booth.
It's clear from the way Gruden interacts with players in interviews—especially quarterbacks—that his passion for the X's and O's of the game is still as vibrant as ever. He loves breaking down tape and finding ways to exploit defenses, and he's going to be doing it with or without a head-coaching gig.
For the sake of the NFL, it would be better if he's tinkering with actual players on an actual field, rather than dumbing things down on television for the masses.
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The spread offense has been dominating the college ranks for years now, and it's starting to make its way into the NFL. Chip Kelly is a master at this philosophy, and he's being hounded by at least two teams this winter.
Back in 2009 after he was recovering from being fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gruden went to work dissecting the spread offense, and he was particularly interested in seeing what Tim Tebow could do in such an offense in the NFL.
According to AOLNews.com's Adam Gretz, Gruden had the following to say about Tim Tebow back in 2009:
Should the Jaguars bring in Tebow and hire Gruden?
[Tim Tebow] will kick the living [expletive] out of a defensive lineman. He'll fight anybody. He is rare. Tebow is the kind of guy who could revolutionize the game. He's the "Wildcat" who can throw. Most of the teams that have the Wildcat back there, it's Ronnie Brown, it's Jerious Norwood, it's whoever you want to say it is. This guy here is 250 pounds of concrete cyanide, man. And he can throw. He throws well enough at any level to play quarterback.
While many would argue with Gruden about what Tebow can and cannot do at the NFL level, his point remains salient: The spread offense—with a quarterback like Tebow or Colin Kaepernick—would be deadly in the NFL.
I'd be interested in seeing Gruden and Tebow paired together in Jacksonville. How about you?
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