Why Browns Fans Should Not Get Upset About Missing Out on Gruden


There is no doubt that some Browns fans out there are legitimately upset that the team missed out on Jon Gruden by hiring Eric Mangini so quickly.  After all, Gruden has won a Super Bowl and he has plentDon't get too upset that the Browns missed out on Jon Gruden. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)y of experience, something owner Randy Lerner stressed for the new head coach to have.

There are a few reasons why it shouldn’t bother anyone that Gruden won’t be the Browns’ head coach.  For one, the level of mediocrity in Tampa Bay the last few seasons has really stemmed from the fact that “Chucky” wouldn’t commit to and develop one quarterback.  Instead, it was a fast-revolving door that churned out quarterbacks and spit them back out, taking the “defense will carry us to the Super Bowl” mentality.  Imagine if Gruden had to choose between Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn.  His head would explode.

Also, the players in Tampa Bay were restless with Gruden.  When players are dissenting against a coach, it’s obviously never a good sign.  Trust is a huge issue in the player-coach relationship, and the last thing the Browns need is a dishonest leader.  Gruden’s demeanor used to demand respect, but I suppose the players eventually saw through that when the desired results weren’t coming to fruition on the field.

- While I do support Mangini, Bud Shaw does highlight the exact reason why I have reservations about Rob Ryan, the new defensive coordinator:

The Browns point out that Ryan’s Oakland defense ranked 10th against the pass, but Oakland also ranked 31st against the run (159.7). And you thought the Browns — ranked 28th — were the epitome of passive resistance.

Some other Browns tidbits on this Championship Sunday:

- Did the Browns inadvertantly trigger talks for a change in the Rooney Rule?

- Browns apparently not interested in recently fired Tampa Bay GM Bruce Allen – George Kokinis might be the closest thing to a done deal.

- So Ted Sundquist didn’t really want the Browns’ GM job?

- Julius Peppers wants to play in a 3-4 defense, but don’t expect him to come to the Browns.

- Browns’ lack of patience with coordinators is just one of the many things that needs to change if they will ever compete within the AFC North.

Tags: 3-4 Defense Cleveland Browns Eric Mangini Fired Head Coach Jon Gruden Julius Peppers Quarterback Randy Lerner Rooney Rule

  • http://beingawesome.blogspot.com Jeff

    I don’t know if it’s fair to pin the failure to develop a young QB on Gruden.  He started with Brad Johnson, who had a few good years was ultimately benched in 2004, and deservedly so (if I recall correctly the stretch leading to his benching saw TB lose like 3/4 of their games, largely through Johnson’s poor play). 

    Then they went to Chris Simms, who hurt his shoulder, forcing them to play Brian Griese.  Griese started the rest of 2004, and had a pretty spectacular year.  Griese started in 2005, but tore his ACL after like five games.

    They went back to Simms to finish out 2005 and start 2006.  After only a couple of starts, Simms suffered his spleen injury and was lost for the rest of the year.  Bruce Gradkowski went the rest of the way for them in 2006. 

    Gruden and TB planned to go back to Simms for 2007, but he couldn’t get healthy and was put on IR.  Jeff Garcia won the job in camp and started every game in 2007 and 2008.

    My point is simply that it’s not fair to say he couldn’t commit to a QB.  The only QB he straight-up benched in TB was Brad Johnson in 2004, who was decidedly not a young QB of the future.  He tried to develop Simms, who couldn’t stay healthy and eventually left for TEN in free agency.  He spent a year or so with Bruce Gradkowski, which was probably a lost cause to begin with.

    Your second point, though, seems fair, and I would have reservations about hiring him for the same reason.