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There is a former NFL head coach who is having a problem finding a job with a team, which means he may go to the next best place for work, the television networks. That person is Jay Gruden, whose brother Jon turned his time in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth into a multi-million dollar deal with his former team, the Raiders. This month Jay Gruden is trying to prove he’s worthy of wearing a microphone rather than a headset on game day, and is willing to trash current broadcaster, Tony Romo, in order to land a job.
The biggest issue that many fans and media members have when former players and coaches accept NFL television jobs is that they are unable or unwilling to be completely honest. Since many of them are using television to bridge their time between coaching jobs or still have friends in the league they don’t want to offend. Therefore, they sugarcoat much of what they say and refuse to disclose too much of what they know in order to prove their loyalty and land their next job. This does not appear to be the case with Jay Gruden, who was willing to criticize the highly paid Tony Romo of CBS.
In an interview with The Athletic, Jay Gruden discussed how well Tony Romo tells NFL fans what kind of play is coming next:
“He’s only right like 30 percent of the time,” Gruden said of Romo before adding, “Those are usually pretty obvious, I mean. Nobody talks about the times when he’s wrong, but when he’s right, ‘Holy cow, he’s a genius.’ Oh, come on, man. Sure, it’s a run. Nope, it’s a pass. Sorry, I was wrong.” Gruden also said, “I could (predict plays) every time.”
If Jay Gruden thinks that going the Rex Ryan route to get an NFL television job is his best option, then I would say go for it; but the spoiler alert is that Gruden or anyone else who takes this path isn’t breaking new ground. I also think that in pregame and studio shows, most NFL fans don’t care about the deep dive some experts provide since all they care about is the outcome, not the execution of a play. For guys like Romo, Ryan, and Jay Gruden, often too much information is a turnoff, not a turn-on, with fans ignoring the boring details of their breakdown.
For me, this sounds like a desperate plea by Jay Gruden to prove he is a smart NFL coach worthy of another job; something that clearly didn’t work for Rex Ryan, who has appeared to accept his fate as a studio analyst, giving up his dream of being a head coach again. Welcome to reputation rehabilitation Jay Gruden, let’s hope your time wearing a microphone on your shirt helps you land that next coaching job, because your time actually working as a coach left a lot to be desired.
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