Chris Harry of the Orlando Sentinel sits down with former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden to talk about football, future and life. There hasn’t been much said by the former Buccaneers coach more than three weeks since he was fired, but this interview hits on some interesting subjects. Make sure to take a peek at the article, but I will throw a few snipets in here for you.
On the spread offense – “The hard part is, you have to isolate the option. That’s why Tim Tebow is so interesting to me. He’s like Brandon Jacobs playing quarterback. He’s 250 pounds. He’s the strongest human being who’s ever played the position. Ever. He 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.”
On the stream of hate from former players - “Yeah, it hurt. But I’ve also had some of the greatest phone calls that made it all worthwhile. I remember when I got the job, they weren’t real happy with where they were at that time, either. There was a lot of criticism of the last coach [Tony Dungy]. I remember when Mike Holmgren left Green Bay, they were killing him. I remember when Bill Walsh left, what Joe [Montana] said about him. So this happens. When you’re the head coach, you coach 53 people, and their wives and their girlfriends and their families and all those people. So I’m not going to worry about it. Yeah, I’m disappointed that I’m a ‘scumbag’ and that I couldn’t get along with the quarterback [when] I live my life through the quarterback. Mike Clayton has his own opinion and I respect that.”
There are some other good quotes about what he’s doing with the Tampa Bay Storm and what his plans for the future are. Make sure to check it out.