In an interview on Sirius NFL Radio, Simeon Rice had some harsh words for former coach Jon Gruden.
“You look at what he did when Chris [Simms] damn near died on the field; he wanted to release him right when he got injured. I get hurt, my shoulder’s torn off the bone. This dude releases me. You know what I mean? I’m your guy. The list goes on. Keenan McCardell, that situation was a debacle. Keyshawn Johnson, another situation [that] was a debacle. Joey Galloway, which was his man, was in the dog house all year because he got injured, broke his ankle or whatever. Brad Johnson, that situation was bad. Brings Jeff Garcia in here, oh, he’s going to change things. I helped recruit him [and he] released me, kept Jeff and then put him in the dog house. Gets rid of Brian Griese, brings him, starts a controversy. It was chaotic. I’m giving you facts.
“How I feel personally? I could tell you that, too. I think he’s a scumbag. I think he’s a scumbag personally. … You know what he told me? ‘Simeon you’ll be here in the next five years.’ I got injured [and] this man’s never said one word to me. I won a Super Bowl for you. I got 13 sacks, 12, 15 every year for you. I balled. I got injured [and] you let me go like it was nothing.”
Ouch! Scumbag is a harsh word.
On another note, I listened to Davin Joseph on Jim Rome yesterday, and he said that most players “loved Jon Gruden.”
One opinion on a guy who got cut, and one opinion on a young player with a bright future. I would imagine most washed up players who were shafted would have a similar view of their coaches. Don’t think the opinions of Jon Gruden are done coming out by former players though.