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Jon Gruden, Really?

I know he is a big name, but he’s already on record saying he would get rid of Sam Bradford and draft Robert Griffin III out of Baylor.  That would destroy the Rams salary cap and start the Rams over again at the NFL’s most important position.  Here’s the relevant information from CBS Sports:

One thing: late in the Rams-Seahawks Monday Night Football telecast earlier this month, long after Seattle had taken a comfortable lead and with not much else to talk about, Gruden and boothmate Ron Jaworski turned the conversation to Bradford, the Rams, and the possibility of the organization taking another quarterback in the 2011 draft. Gruden suggested that Bradford had played so poorly this season that if he we making the decisions in St. Louis, he might take a long look at Baylor’s Robert Griffin III. Presumably, that line of thinking holds for Luck, too.

It sounded ludicrous at the time — and Jaws’ reaction confirmed as much — but if Gruden gets the Rams gig it could also become a reality this spring. St. Louis would be able to move Bradford for as much if not more than they would’ve gotten for Luck (or maybe they choose to trade down a few spots to grab RG3) and could still restock the roster, just with a “Gruden guy.”

Egads.  That sounds like another complete rebuild, this time with “Gruden’s Guys” instead of “Spags’ Guys”, which was a change from “Linehan’s Guys”.  Gruden has only 1 Super Bowl on his record and that was in his first year with Tampa Bay with all the players Tony Dungy had brought to the franchise.  He has only 6 winning seasons in 14 years and an overall record of 95-81.  Obviously, this would be an upgrade on what the Rams have now, but he is not exactly a silver bullet to solve the Rams problems.

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5 Responses to “Jon Gruden, Really?”

  1. Deacon J. says:

    Gruden would be a terrible mistake! He inherited a terrific team that
    Tony Dungy put together. That was a gift and a super bowl. After, he was awful as a coach, (his players hated him). He’s not a players coach.
    He’s an egomaniac, so said his players.

  2. tyler says:

    Agreed, I am a fan of Fisher.

    FA’s want to come to teams run by a Rex Ryan not a Jon Gruden/Mike Shanahan type coach. I think it would be a mistake of epic porportions to let AJ Smith and Jon Gruden anywhere near St. Louis. They would ruin this place, and run out the little talent we have. We’d be a cheap losing team.

  3. Roman G. says:

    I think Chuckie would stimulate a moribund franchise. He would put butts in the seats. He developed Oakland’s last winning years along with dealing with Raider Al. He just missed a 2nd Super Bowl with the horrible Brady call vs. the Pats. Any coach is going to bring in their chosen people whether it’s Fisher, Gruden, or whoever. I vote for Chuckie, especially when they move to LA!

  4. Calvin says:

    Gruden is a idiot.He has no clue how to evaluate a quarterback.Look at his picks in Tampa Bay.

  5. jason says:

    Winning will put butts in the seats. Chuckie is a mediocre coach with a bad personality. Honestly Fisher is only a bit above mediocre: in 17 seasons he had 6 winning ones and never more than 2 in a row. Personally, I would rather take a chance that it was the injuries and new offensive system that derailed Spags/Devaney plan and stay with them than move to coaches that have proven themselves to be mediocre. Either that or hire some bright mind in the Steelers or Packers organizations to take over for Devaney and put this thing together right. I would rather go 2-14 trying to become a perennial power than go 8-8 or 9-7 with 2 winning seasons every 6 years by hiring some mediocre coach just to “improve” things from where they are now. Elite or bust!

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