Jon Chucky Gruden is Back!


“Trader’s remorse? Apparently So!

The Oakland Raiders reportedly want Jon Gruden, the Coach they traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, so badly that they are pursuing the ESPN analyst with an offer that includes an ownership stake in the team..”

In order to understand the magnitude and the backpedaling that the Oakland Raiders are doing here, you’ve to know a ‘lil bit of NFL history.

Due to other obligations the majority of fans – myself included! – can only follow the teams which we root for and big rivals, but I’ve this one cold!

Jon Gruden originally made his bones as Offensive Coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles before landing the Head Coaching position with the Oakland Raiders and that’s where he was baptized with the nickname Chucky by one his players ’cause his facial expressions during games.

Jon Gruden star was on the rise when he landed the Head Coaching position with the Raiders, but Al Davis – may he rest in peace – did not recognize Chucky’s talents because frankly he was out touch!

Al Davis was stuck in a time warp.

In his mind Davis believed that a more vertical passing game was the key in returning his Oakland Raiders to the old glory days and Super Bowl success, but Gruden was more in touch with reality and knew that his journeyman quarterback Rich Gannon did not have the skill or arm strength to launch Bombs all over the field as Davis wanted.

The two firmly disagreed in this philosophy, but as it is always the case when you’ve a difference of opinion with the guy who signs the pay checks…you’re going lose that argument!

So Al Davis found an excuse to trade Chucky to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he ended up winning a Super Bowl with another journeyman quarterback named Jeff Garcia.

The media promptly labeled Jon Gruden’s success as follows,

“…winning a Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s guys…”,

But you must be really careful making blanket statements such as that from inside a television studio without doing your homework.

If Tony Dungy had such a talented team…Why didn’t he win a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay?

It stands to reason then that Tony Dungy under achieved during his tenure as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach because as soon as Gruden was given the same opportunity as Dungy…he promptly went to cash it in!

If you’re looking for an example of a Coach winning a Championship with “…another Coaches’ Guys”,

I present to you Barry Swifter winning a Super Bowl in Dallas with Jimmy Johnson’s guys.

Swifter was so mentally challenge that he once – I still can not believe his excuse to this day! – tried to get a loaded hand gun through airport security in Dallas by hiding it inside his carry on suitcase.

New York Times Article By Mike Freeman

That my friends is a very special kind of stupid!

But Barry Swifter does have a Super Bowl ring!

Jimmy Johnson and Jon Gruden in spite of both being brilliant Head Coaches eventually decided that it was better to become television analysts than having to put up with a meddling team owner.

However it seems clear now that Raiders owner Mark Davis is determined to right the wrong that Al Davis did.

Welcome Back to the NFL sidelines Chucky!

Written by Julio Olmo ~ The Voice of One!


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