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Would Jon Gruden want Luck or RG3 over Bradford?

Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:58 am
Edited on: December 27, 2011 12:55 pm
 
If Gruden leaves the booth for St. Louis would he want to move on from Bradford, the 2010 1st overall pick? (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

It sounds like Jon Gruden could be back to coaching in 2012. After three years in ESPN's Monday Night Football booth, and months after signing a five-year extension to stay there, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee reported Monday night that signs point to Gruden returning to the NFL sidelines, possibly landing with the Rams.

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman had two sources confirm as much with the caveat that "…while Gruden is indeed leaning towards returning, it's not certain. … I'm told Gruden wants to see what positions he could possibly get before making a 100 percent final decision and that he hasn't officially made one yet because of the uncertainty."

(ESPN released a statment Tuesday that makes it sound like Gruden's staying in the booth: “Jon signed a multi-year extension with ESPN this fall. He remains committed to being a part of Monday Night Football for many years.”)

Let's assume for the moment that Gruden does end up in St. Louis. That means he would have quarterback Sam Bradford, the first-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft who had a forgettable 2011 season (mostly due to injuries -- to himself and just about every other starter on the roster), to build a team around.

But here's the thing: St. Louis heads into the final week of the regular season with two wins. If they lose to San Francisco on Sunday and the Colts, the league's only other two-win outfit, beat the Jaguars, the Rams would be the sole owners of the first-overall pick in April's draft.

That means Andrew Luck is there for the taking. Except that St. Louis already has Bradford, the 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year, right? Not so fast. Conventional wisdom goes something like this: St. Louis would ransom that pick to a QB-needy team like the Browns or Redskins or Dolphins, and use the cornucopia of draft picks coming their way to give Bradford some help.

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."

Remember: Gruden ain't afraid to fall in love. He coached the 2005 Senior Bowl, had a running back named Cadillac Williams on his roster and was so impressed that he ended up taking Williams with the fifth-overall pick. Williams rushed for 1,178 yards as a rookie but knee injuries haven't allowed him to crack 1,000 yards since. (It's another reason why teams shouldn't over-pay and/or overdraft running backs.) And now the two could be reunited in St. Louis.

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Comments

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Would Jon Gruden want Luck or RG3 over Bradford?

Considering the needs of the Rams, St. Louis would be crazy not to take the best offer for the pick. They have a lot of needs, QB and RB not among them. Trade down and start building a team around Bradford, who has two years experience now.



Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Would Jon Gruden want Luck or RG3 over Bradford?

Agree 100%!! Keep Bradford and get some help for him... I suggest a top flight WR and and another back to help carry the load with Jackson. When you look at this team the def have some solid young players on it. Just look at the Lions,, it took them a few years but they built that team from the ground up and had patience.. Could you imagine them giving up on Stafford a year or two ago due to his injuries he suffered?



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Would Jon Gruden want Luck or RG3 over Bradford?

see, the bigger issue pops up now - the problem with the modern day NFL is the same as it is with the NBA - the coach SHOULD have a bigger ego than the player, and the coash SHOULD call the shots, set the rules, etc.   The players' egos are out of control and have more to do with a coach getting fired than the coaches actual performance on the field.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Would Jon Gruden want Luck or RG3 over Bradford?

Stick with Bradford and trade the pick if you have #1
i agree, BUT if Gruden is the coach, i see it happening the other way around. i think Bradford is the guy and in his rookie year, he showed me that he can play.



Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Would Jon Gruden want Luck or RG3 over Bradford?

Stick with Bradford and trade the pick if you have #1... if they end up with #2 take Justin Blackmon and have that combination for the next 8-10 years.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Would Jon Gruden want Luck or RG3 over Bradford?

What a loss to the ESPN MNF booth.(note sarcasm)  Maybe the brilliant offensive mind Jon Gruden can call Jkae Plummer up again and see if his competitive days as a squash player are ready to be put on hold for the NFL & Chucky ball...ERR coach Gruden.  The coaching carasol will be fun with Cowher, Dungy, Jeff Fisher, Billick, Gruden and Dennis Green all available.  Don`t let Jon pick out the groceries or you`ll end up with a mess about as bad as the rams currently are. 


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Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:27 pm
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Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Would Jon Gruden want Luck or RG3 over Bradford?

Tony Dungy or Bill Cowher would be better options among coaches who might come out of retirement and coach again. But I think Gruden could also be successful if he returns to the sidelines.

Coaching must pay a lot more than being an analyst ro broadcaster, because I would definitely take the analyst job over a head coaching position. As a coach, the hours and the grind are way more stressful than being a talking head, interviewing all the great players and coaches, no penalties if your predictions are wrong, and goofing around on the set with a bunch of other characters.



Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Would Jon Gruden want Luck or RG3 over Bradford?

Jon Gruden would be a huge mistake for any team. He is way over rated ... You would basically set yourself back 2-3 years.

I don't know who LouieGrandie is but he is so on the mark with this other than it will just be another team that my Packers will not have to worry about.  Gruden works as a analyst because it is about showbiz and makeup.  Whenever I see a coach with a bigger ego than his players, I see trouble.  Gruden ego can't fit into most NFL locker rooms unless he goes to Dallas where everthing is bigger.



Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:51 am
 

Would Jon Gruden want Luck or RG3 over Bradford?

Jon Gruden would be a huge mistake for any team. He is way over rated and note that only Dick Vermile was able to return to coaching and have success in the play-offs. No other coach has returned with any success.  Gruden just comes across as too swarmy. Plus the Rams are not all that bad, they just need to get people healed and draft targets for Sam to throw to. I would not change the coach at this point. You would basically set yourself back 2-3 years.


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