Jon Gruden
head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL
Jon Gruden
Jon David Gruden is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN, and will be leaving that post soon to become the Head Coach at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. GO VOLNATION. COM!!! Previously, he was the head coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team that won Super Bowl XXXVII, defeating the Oakland Raiders, whom he had left at the end of the previous season.
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Jim Irsay tried to hire Jon Gruden as Colts coach
ABC News - about 1 month
Colts owner Jim Irsay pursued Jon Gruden to become Indianapolis' head coach, but the Monday Night Football analyst resisted the overtures, league sources told ESPN. Gruden intends to remain in the television booth, sources said, in part because of the coaching restrictions of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. He has denied any discussions with Irsay, saying: "I know nothing. I've told people I'm not coaching. I'm a broadcaster. I'm not a coach." Gruden previously resisted exploratory calls this offseason from the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams, sources said. Irsay's run at Gruden is another sign of the state of his feeling toward the organization. Team sources recently said Irsay was "very unhappy" with Indianapolis' performance this season, when the Colts went 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season.
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Jon Gruden addresses Rams speculation, says he has no plans to leave ESPN 'right now'
LATimes - about 2 months
As soon as the Rams fired Jeff Fisher this month, folks started wondering if Jon Gruden might be the new head coach next season. Of course, Gruden’s name seems to come up pretty much every time there’s a head coaching vacancy in the NFL, after he resurrected the Oakland Raiders and led the Tampa...
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Monday’s N.F.L. Matchup: Bengals (3-4-1) at Giants (5-3)
NYTimes - 3 months
With two top-12 pass offenses meeting two bottom-12 pass defenses, the analyst Jon Gruden could have quarterbacks Eli Manning and Andy Dalton on the Hyperbole Express to Canton.
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Nevada Is The Worst State For People With Mental Health Challenges
Huffington Post - 4 months
Mental Health America recently released their comprehensive State of Mental Health Report, where it ranked how well each state handled mental health challenges, primarily through its citizens’ access to care and the percentage of people with unmet needs.  And the results are pretty dismal. Nevada fell last on the list, partly due to a majority of adult residents with mental illness not receiving treatment and a large shortage of care providers. Connecticut ranked No. 1, followed by Massachusetts and Vermont. The report also found that more than half of American adults with a mental health issue do not receive treatment.  The rankings were based on 15 different criteria, including the total number of adults and children with a mental illness, how many mental health care professionals were available and the number of adults who were uninsured. Researchers gathered data from 2011 to 2014, which was the most up-to-date information, to reach their conclusion. “What these ranking ...
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Trade Matt Forte, go get Odell Beckham in fantasy -
Google News - 5 months
ESPN Trade Matt Forte, go get Odell Beckham in fantasy Week 4 has come and gone and fantasy owners are in a frenzy over who to add, drop and put on the trade block. Some players' trade value will never be higher, while others are ideal buy-low candidates meaning you should try to capitalize on the fear ... Crucial moment coming in Odell Beckham Jr.'s careerESPN (blog) Mike Zimmer doesn't want Xavier Rhodes to get comfortable on one Jon Gruden wants the Giants to bench Odell Beckham Jr.: 'How much are you gonna tolerate?'USA TODAY -Sports Illustrated all 343 news articles »
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The 50 greatest moments in Super Bowl history, Nos. 50-41
LATimes - about 1 year
Starting today and ending Friday, we will unveil the 50 greatest moments in Super Bowl history, 10 at a time. Today, we count down moments 41-50. No. 50: Dwight Smith's interception, Super Bowl XXXVIITampa Bay Coach Jon Gruden, usually one of the most taciturn coaches, shadows cornerback Dwight...
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Former basketball players are making names for themselves in NFL
LATimes - over 1 year
Jon Gruden wouldn't budge. His Tampa Bay Buccaneers were weeks removed from winning the Lombardi Trophy in early 2003, and one of his players was asking for a favor. Cornerback Dwight Smith wanted his childhood friend to get a tryout with the Super Bowl champs, even though his pal had played basketball...
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Russell Wilson: Master and Commander
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
In a scene from the first film Iron Man, which I believe by far is still the best of the three, billionaire weapons inventor/industrialist Tony Stark is about to give a presentation to top military brass at a location outside of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. This is, before he becomes Iron Man. And just before giving a demonstration of his newly advanced missile system, he begins with a speech in which he opens by asking, "Is it better to be feared, or respected and I say, is it too much to ask for both?" Were the Seattle Seahawks ever both feared and respected throughout the 2013 NFL regular season, or even up to the day before the Super Bowl? But see that also begs a follow-up question. Were there ever a moment when the man who helms the Seattle Seahawks' offense was both feared and respected throughout the 2013 NFL regular season, or even up to the day before the Super Bowl? Well, at least sports columnist Peter Schrager of FOX Sports had gone on record that he recanted. And he ...
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Super Bowl Preview: Denver Broncos Offense vs. Seattle Seahawks Defense
Huffington Post - about 3 years
This Sunday, for the third time in the recent Super Bowl era, the NFL's best offense will face the league's best defense. In the previous two instances, the top defense won -- rather famously so. Bill Belichick's game plan as the underdog New York Giants defensive coordinator defeated Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly's offensive juggernaut in 1991's Super Bowl XXV. This defensive strategy was considered so exemplary that the plan is currently on exhibit in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That Belichick guy had promise. In 2003, head coach Jon Gruden used his Tony Dungy-trained Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense to hammer the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXII. Hard as it is to imagine in 2013, the Raiders and QB Rich Gannon were the No. 1 NFL offense in the 2002 season. The Bucs defense scored three times in the 48-21 beat down. Whether Peyton Manning and his historically productive offense can break this trend is the central question of Super Bowl XLVIII. In this postseason, Manning and ...
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Welcome to the Lions Den, Coach Caldwell: Challenges Facing the Future Ex-Coach
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
Today, the Lions announced their latest casualty -- Jim Caldwell. And one happy man, Ken Whisenhunt, is now in the employment of a far less-talented team but a far more talented owner. Whisenhunt was the chosen one. He was the reason we all were rooting for the Chargers to lose on Sunday to Peyton Manning. But as luck (and Lions lore) would have it, Peyton did win a rare playoff game -- but Kenny chose the Titans over working for his former teammate and current Lions GM, Martin Mayhew. Very wise choice, KW. No Lions coach has ever been a head coach after his tenure with this franchise. It's really an incredible run. Even the Bengals have been to the Super Bowl a few times. Even Tampa Bay and Seattle, who joined the NFL a hundred years after the Lions, have been there -- Tampa Bay even won. Fantasy Coaches and Curses The names have been batted around, of course. Jon Gruden is smart. Bill Cowher is crafty. Jimmy Johnson is a genius. Tony Dungy, who grew up a Lions fan a ...
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Fortune-telling with the 49ers' postseason
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Construction is halted on the 49ers' stadium in Santa Clara when 40,000 fans demand refunds on their season tickets and seat licenses. The lunatic fringe launches a radio call-in campaign to give a more conventional quarterback, Bethel McLeod-Thompson, the starting job in 2014. The 49ers' sanity fringe, its numbers dwindling, is driven into hiding, its members mocked and heckled for expressing the opinion that three trips in a row to the playoffs in Harbaugh's first three seasons is nothing to sneeze at, especially since the 49ers lost the game on a bad tuck-rule call. Niners fans demand an end to the artificially enhanced (as legend has it) crowd noise in the Seahawks' stadium. Carroll gets his revenge, though, when ESPN the Magazine decides to drop Colin Kaepernick from its 2014 naked-sports-people issue and gives Kaepernick's cover-boy spot to Carroll, who poses holding a laminated play card. The dwindling sanity fringe salutes Harbaugh and the 49ers for reaching the third roun ...
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Gruden gives coaches a needed boost
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Lincoln football head coach Phil Ferrigno thought somebody on his staff was pulling a gag. Someone was leaving messages on their cell phones, imitating Super Bowl-winning coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, saying that he wanted to meet with them to talk football. Gruden and his organization "Fired Football Coaches Association" (FFCA) pick three or four high school coaches at "Monday Night Football" stops, and he meets with them at a local restaurant, then hands over $1,000 for the programs and a GoPro video camera. Saturday night, Ferrigno, Sweeney, Campolindo-Moraga coach Kevin Macy and McClymonds-Oakland coach Michael Peters - and some of their friends and family members - met with Gruden and organizer Daniel Walker in San Bruno. Gruden got a taste of coaching high school football after he was fired by the Buccaneers in January 2009. If he didn't know already - he was connected to the high school scene even as the coach of the Raiders - Gruden found out first-hand the demands pl ...
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NFL Head Coach Candidates: Expect To See These Names When Coaching Carousel Begins
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
By Greg Gabriel, National Football Post In the NFL, one thing is certain, there will be turnover at the Head Coaching position at the end of the season. This past off season, we saw an unusually high number with eight head coaches being fired. In 2012, the number was five and in 2011 there were four. How many coaches will either be fired or retire after this season remains to be seen, but there is a quality group of coaches for the owners to choose from. Lovie Smith In Lovie Smith’s last season in Chicago, the Bears had a 10-6 record. He was fired because the Bears hadn’t been living up to expectations making the playoffs once in six seasons since their 2006 Super Bowl run. Still, Smith was able to win three division titles, got to two NFC Championship games, and a Super Bowl while in Chicago. That’s a pretty strong resume. Lovie is a player's coach. Both his players and coaches hold him in high regard. He has reportedly been interviewed by USC for their position, and it is a ...
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NFL Week 9 Football Picks
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The NFL Week 9 Picks will put us over the hump on the 2013 football season. So, we have eight more regular season Sundays to win our office pool. One thing I have learned is that the Seattle Seahawks have an alarmingly bad habit of winning, but not covering the spread. I want to be a Russell Wilson fan; I really do. The Seattle QB is a fellow Virginian and short person, not to mention amazingly talented and generally cool. But he's killing me! Week 8 chart-topper: Calvin Johnson's 329-yard receiving game was nothing short of historically great TV. That it was short of Willie Lee "Flipper" Anderson's 1989 336-yard record makes one wonder how incredibly good Anderson must have been to amass that many yards when DB's were actually allowed to defend a pass. Not to mention the fact that it was Jim Everett and not Matthew Stafford under center for the 1989 Rams. No offense meant to Mr. Everett but, you know... Week 8 trivia: Quick, what's the name of the Packers' punter? It's Tim Masthay. ...
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Your Week 3 NFL Announcing Schedule
Awful Announcing - over 3 years
Let the Brian Hoyer era in Cleveland begin! Broadcast maps available at The 506. Thursday, September 19 Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles [NFLN 8:25PM] Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock & Alex Flanagan Sunday, September 22 Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens [CBS 1PM] Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings [CBS 1PM] Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans [CBS 1PM] Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts New York Giants at Carolina Panthers [FOX 1PM] Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Laura Okmin  Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals [FOX 1PM] Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver  St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys [FOX 1PM] Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa  Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots [FOX 1PM] Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Erin Andrews Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints [FOX 1PM] Sam Rosen, Heath Evans & Molly McGrath   Detroit Lions at ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jon Gruden
  • 2014
    Age 50
    On December 15, 2014, Gruden and ESPN agreed to a contract extension through 2021.
    More Details Hide Details Gruden also gives out a weekly award on Monday Night Football called the "Gruden Grinder," an award given to the best player in the game that week. NFL head coaches under whom Jon Gruden has served: Assistant coaches under Jon Gruden who have become NFL head coaches:
  • 2012
    Age 48
    He signed a contract extension with ESPN, beginning in September 2012, that lengthened his tenure with the broadcasting company for another five years.
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  • 2009
    Age 45
    In May 2009, Gruden was hired by ESPN to serve as a color analyst on its Monday Night Football telecasts, replacing Tony Kornheiser.
    More Details Hide Details He has also served as an analyst for ESPN's coverage of postseason college football games, helping to call the 2010 Rose Bowl and 2010 BCS National Championship Game on ESPN Radio and the 2011 Outback Bowl and 2011 Orange Bowl on ESPN television, and in the spring of 2012 was the focus of the series Jon Gruden's QB Camp, where Gruden went over the NFL development process with prospective NFL draftees at quarterback, including Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in which he occasionally has talks about what he believes to be the best play in football (a play-action pass called “Spider 2 Y-Banana", in which the fullback runs a flat route and is the primary target making other receivers).
    The Buccaneers ended the season with four losses in a row, and Jon Gruden was fired by the Buccaneers on January 16, 2009, after seven seasons with the team.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2010, Jon Gruden became a volunteer assistant offensive line coach at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa, Florida. Shortly after being fired from Tampa Bay, Gruden created the Fired Football Coaches Association. The organization (a "football think-tank") has its headquarters in a rented office in a Tampa strip mall.
  • 2008
    Age 44
    In 2008, Gruden was rewarded with a contract extension through the 2011 season.
    More Details Hide Details On November 30, Gruden earned his 100th win, against the New Orleans Saints. Going into December the Buccaneers were on pace to make the playoffs, claim a bye week and have home field advantage. However, the Buccaneers went winless in the month of December, in no small part due to a defensive collapse that saw the team give up an average of 30.75 points per game. On December 28 the Buccaneers were eliminated from making the playoffs by the Oakland Raiders, the team Gruden left for Tampa Bay.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    In 2007, the team finally cleared itself of salary cap constraints and united Gruden with a mobile West Coast quarterback in former Pro Bowler and Grey Cup winner Jeff Garcia.
    More Details Hide Details The team posted a 9 - 7 record with five division wins (after resting starters for the final two games), despite suffering major injuries, several season-ending, to critical players like Luke Petitgout, Carnell Williams, Mike Alstott, Alex Smith, Brian Kelly, Barrett Ruud, Michael Clayton, Patrick Chukwurah, Gaines Adams and starting kick and punt returner Mark Jones. Despite this adversity, however, Gruden declared "The future is so bright around here I have to wear shades".
  • 2006
    Age 42
    In 2006, Gruden led the Buccaneers to a 4 - 12 season. It was his worst record as a head coach and the first time a Tampa Bay team had not won more than four games since 1991. In an interview with Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune on March 28, 2007, Bucs executive vice president Joel Glazer discussed the state of the Bucs.
    More Details Hide Details During the interview, Joel Glazer defended Gruden's performance, citing lost draft picks, injuries, and salary cap issues. However, he also said "Mediocrity will never be standard for the Buccaneers, but we have to move on."
  • 2004
    Age 40
    When former Raiders general manager Bruce Allen joined the Bucs in 2004, Gruden finally had the general manager–head coach partnership he desired, and while the salary cap continued to plague the team (which spent the least money in the league between 2004 and 2009) their 2004 and 2005 drafts yielded a few impact players, including 2005 Offensive NFL Rookie of the Year Award winner Carnell "Cadillac" Williams. Also, 2005 marked a return to the playoffs, as the Bucs posted a surprising 11 - 5 record, despite the loss of starting quarterback Brian Griese and some controversial coaching decisions, including a two-point conversion in the final seconds to defeat the Washington Redskins, who would later return to Tampa and eliminate the Bucs from the wild-card round of the playoffs.
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  • 2002
    Age 38
    His mantra for the 2002 season was "Pound the Rock", a reference to never giving up.
    More Details Hide Details Gruden even went as far as to display a large chunk of granite in the locker room, a tactic mimicked by the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Their slogan, "Keep choppin' wood", was tainted when punter Chris Hanson injured his leg on an axe brought in to accompany a large log.) Upon returning to Tampa after winning Super Bowl XXXVII, he led a capacity crowd at Raymond James Stadium in chanting the phrase. However, it seemingly disappeared from the lexicon the following year, and was not aggressively marketed or displayed on stadium video boards. To afford replacements, the team was decimated by injuries to many of the Super Bowl stars, including Joe Jurevicius, Greg Spires, Shelton Quarles, and Brian Kelly, as well as acrimony with highly paid veterans such as Sapp, Keyshawn Johnson and Keenan McCardell.
    After compiling a 40 - 28 win-loss record (including playoffs) in four seasons with the Raiders, Gruden replaced the fired Tony Dungy as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, via a high-stakes trade that included Tampa Bay's 2002 and 2003 first-round draft picks, 2002 and 2004 second-round draft picks, and $8 million in cash.
    More Details Hide Details The trade took place for a number of reasons, including Davis's desire for a more vertical passing attack rather than Gruden's horizontal pass attack, the fact that Gruden's contract would expire a year after the trade, and Davis's uncertainty over whether Gruden was worth as much money as his next contract was sure to pay him. Gruden signed a five-year contract with the Buccaneers worth $17.5 million. The Bucs' search had taken more than two months, and Tampa Bay had expressed an interest in Gruden, but Davis had originally refused to release him from his contract. The team subsequently interviewed several other coaches and believed a deal was in place with Bill Parcells, before Parcells backed out, reportedly because his choice for General Manager, Mike Tannenbaum, told him not to accept the job because of the salary cap difficulties that Tampa Bay was about to endure. With the franchise's search floundering, the fact that the coach who the Bucs wanted had only one year remaining on his deal, and the immediate hire of Dungy by the Indianapolis Colts, many fans and sports commentators began to openly question if the Bucs had made the right move by dismissing Dungy. Only a big splash hire could quiet the storm, and this may have been the primary motivation for the Bucs to give up as much as they did to acquire Gruden.
  • 1998
    Age 34
    Under Gruden, the Raiders posted consecutive 8 - 8 seasons in 1998 and 1999, and leapt out of last place in the AFC West. After uniting with journeyman quarterback Rich Gannon, Gruden led the Raiders to the top of the AFC West and they made the playoffs three straight seasons (the third time under Head Coach Bill Callahan). Oakland finished 12 - 4 in the 2000 season, the team's most successful in a decade, and its first division title since 1990, ultimately reaching the AFC Championship, where they lost 16 - 3 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
    More Details Hide Details While Gruden was with the Raiders, Gruden acquired his nickname "Chucky" from Raiders defensive lineman Grady Jackson, who thought that the coach looked like the fictional character "Chucky" in the 1988 movie Child's Play.
    Gruden then was chosen by the owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis, to be the Raiders' new head coach for the 1998 season.
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  • 1992
    Age 28
    In January 1992 when he was 28, Gruden was hired by Mike Holmgren, his former boss at the San Francisco 49ers, to be the special offensive assistant/wide receivers coach with the Green Bay Packers.
    More Details Hide Details After three seasons in Green Bay, Gruden became the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles under former Packers assistant coach Ray Rhodes.
  • 1991
    Age 27
    In March 1991, Gruden became the wide receivers coach for the University of Pittsburgh under Paul Hackett.
    More Details Hide Details Walt Harris was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee, where Gruden was one of his graduate assistant coaches, and later hired him at Pacific.
  • 1990
    Age 26
    In 1990, Gruden was a special assistant with the San Francisco 49ers under quarterback coach Mike Holmgren.
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  • 1989
    Age 25
    Gruden then moved to the University of the Pacific in 1989 as offensive assistant as the tight ends coach, where he coached Scott Lubow who was second team All Conference.
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  • 1985
    Age 21
    After graduating from the University of Dayton, Gruden was hired as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee during the 1985–1986 season.
    More Details Hide Details He spent two years after that as the quarterbacks coach at Southeast Missouri State.
    Gruden graduated with a degree in communications in 1985.
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  • 1981
    Age 17
    After graduating from high school in 1981, Gruden attended Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details After one year, he transferred to the University of Dayton and lived at 3 Evanston (The Gateway), where he was a three-year letterman and backup quarterback for the Flyers under coach Mike Kelly. Gruden never saw much playing time, but the Flyers posted a 24–7 record during his three seasons at UD.
  • 1963
    Gruden was born on August 17, 1963, in Sandusky, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Jim, later served as a professional football regional scout, running backs coach and director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Bucs. His brother, Jay, played and coached in the Arena Football League, and is now the head coach of the Washington Redskins. His other brother, James, became a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic. While growing up in Sandusky, Gruden was a Cleveland Browns fan. He was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. When he was 15, Gruden attended Clay High School in South Bend, Indiana, while his father, Jim, served as an assistant to Dan Devine at the University of Notre Dame.
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