Jon Gruden is a high profile coach and the Chiefs are most likely looking for a new one, so naturally when we hear of his firing, we think maybe he is an option.
From what I've heard from a parade of former players for Gruden, I'm thinking we should shy away from him. ESPN has interviewed several former players (including Keyshawn Johnson, Shaun King and Michael Clayton) tonight who all said he should have been fired years ago. One former cornerback said Gruden had a "huge ego" and that after a while, it became very hard to take anything he said seriously or to respect him. There have also been multiple incidents where Gruden publicly clashed with players and management.
Grudens claim to fame was winning the Super Bowl his first year with Tampa Bay. But let's take a close look at that. Tampa Bays previous head coach was none other than Tony Dungy. In six years, Dungy had built the Bucs from a team that had not been above .500 in FOURTEEN YEARS and only twice in their entire history (except for going 5-4 during a strike season), to a 54-42 record over 6 years and FOUR playoff appearances, including appearances in his final three years.
This is the team Gruden took over in his first year in Tampa Bay and took to the Super Bowl. IN THE SIX YEARS SINCE, Gruden's record is 45-51 with only two playoff appearances.
Gruden was supposed to be an offensive genius (which is why he was hired after the ultra-conservative Dungy), and yet the Bucs never developed a quality QB and never had a good offense. Their calling card was their defense led by Defensive Coordinator Monty Kiffin (who quit at the end of the season to join his son Lane at Tennessee University).
So Chiefs fans, I ask you. Do you really want an egomaniacal prima donna that can't get along with managment and stirs up contention amongst his players as the leader of our young team? Does his tendency to rely on veteran players at the expense of young player development sound consistent with the direction Clark Hunt has said he wants the franchise to head?