This is a touchy subject, but facts are facts. Jon Gruden won the Super Bowl with a team that Tony Dungy created.
Before Jon Gruden came to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had a little success with the Oakland Raiders, leading them to two 8-8 records consecutively then going 12-4, then losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game. The year after, he went 10-6 and lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional game.
Tony Dungy was fired by the Bucs and Jon Gruden was traded to them for the high price of two first-round draft picks, two second-round draft picks and $8 million. The Buccaneers gave him a five-year contract at the price of $3.5 million a year. This was after Bill Parcells backed out of the job.
The first year, he won a Super Bowl after leading the team to a 12-4 record. Many football fanatics believe that Tony Dungy was the one to put personnel in place before he was fired. After the championship-winning season, he led his team to two consecutive losing seasons.
In 2005, the year after going 5-11, he reversed those numbers and had placed the Bucs as first in the NFC South, but lost in the Wild Card game to the Washington Redskins. Another losing record of 4-12, he brought them back to the playoffs but once again lost in the Wild Card game, this time against the New York Giants in 2007.
Before he was released, he had a second consecutive 9-7 season which did not get them into the playoffs.
Everyone thinks that when he is hired again, that he will turn a team around immediately. Isn't that what everyone thought of Mike Shanahan? Ask him how that's going.
At least Shanahan had very few losing seasons before he was hired by the Redskins, and multiple wins in the post season.
We hear Jon Gruden praise everyone and scold no one when it comes to talking about players' talents on Monday Night Football. Is it because he wants to be on good stances with everyone so no one has a problem with him when he's hired to any team?
Whether that's the reason he does it or not, he doesn't seem to have the guts to stick it to players when they give him problems, which is a problem in itself. (I'm looking at you, Wade Phillips.)
I just can't see that with all the hype surrounding Jon Gruden returning to coaching, how he can live up to the huge expectations everyone's putting on him, especially if he goes to a team with little to no play makers as he had on the Buccaneers during his Super Bowl winning year.
Facts are facts, and Jon Gruden isn't the "savior" for any football team as many people are making him out to be.
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