Jon Gruden 10-Year $100 Million Deal From Oakland Raiders Makes Team Target For Every NFL Coach
The news that Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis plans to pay Jon Gruden $10 million a year for 10 years, or $100 million, may seem like too much money, and from the on-field standpoint, it is. But off-field, it’s a smart move. I talked about why in my last vlog, now let me explain the on-field part.
Jon Gruden as a head coach is not worth $100 million because he’s not done anything at all to advance the game of football. He’s not Bill Walsh, and doesn’t even hold the mantle of being the coach that advanced Walsh’s concepts: that award belongs to now former Packers Coach Mike Holmgren and current Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Gruden may have coached and helped a number of college players since he was out of football, but there’s no evidence he’s learned any of the new systems that have propelled the college and the high school game past the NFL game.
Spread attacks. Read options. Inverted Veer Read Option. Blends of West Coast Offense and Run N Shoot. Spread Wing T. I could go on and on. The game has evolved in such a way that what were once one-play formations in the past, are now full and complete offensive systems to themselves. What will Gruden do? What has he learned. The World has advanced beyond Spider Two, Y-Banana. Today, it’s a group of folks on the sidelines, one holding a photo of a banana, and the other a photo of a Spider for that, play, then doing something else – all to the objective of running a no-huddle system.
Also, Gruden will get everry NFL coaches “A” game. You will see every trick play in the book thrown at the Raiders, and every underhanded tactic known in football and some not known.
Remember, we have New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick out there and Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson, who’s desperate to prove himself this year. You think they’re not licking their chops? You think they’re not calling all of their spies, er, friends, right now?