HughDawg, on 31 December 2012 - 12:38 PM, said:
Well, you've done a 180. I remember many a debate with you regarding Gruden when you said you didn't want him because 1) you thought that Super Bowl winning coaches didn't have the same fire at their next job and 2) you said he only won with Dungy's talent.
I listened to people like Tommy and didn't closely examine the situation in TB.
I had forgotten about the 2 1st rd picks, that crippled Gruden once that team got old.
But when he took over in 2002, he really had no other options but add veterans, the offensive cupboard was bare. So he got an unfair rap, partially due to Gannon, Brown and Rice in Oakland, but again, there wasn't much there when he arrived.
(he inherited Jeff George, Kaufman at RB, Brown and John Jett, and Dudley at TE, he brought in Gannon, Tyrone Wheatley, and Rice, drafted Jon Ritchie, Mo Collins at LT then RG, Jon Stinchcomb at LT, as well as Eric Allen and Wilie T for the defense - had already turned the team around and went 12-4 before bringing in Charlie Garner after Reid let him walk, and the GOAT, turned Barry Sims, UDFA due to bad knee injury into his starting LT, Adam True, 3rd rd pick at C, Frank Middleton was picked up from Tampa for RG)
After 4 years in the booth, I think Gruden is hungry again, same reason I wouldn't hire Reid right now, I think HCs need to take time off, reexamine their priorities, and look at the game with a different perspective. Many never go back, which means they made the right decision to leave.