Flame away but I think Gruden is a good possibility. Not perfect in any means but he has some swagger about him.
I'm no expert, not even all that knowledgeable when it comes to coach candidates.....but I like Gruden. Many say he wasn't that great of a coach, or that there are far better, more experienced options.
But there are 3 things that I personally like about him that I believe to be just as important as the things coach scouts look for.
1. Personality. Honestly this is the FACE I want for my team. I want that fire. I want that passion. I know it's actually better to have a level-headed coach, because everyone knows when you are angry you're at least twice as stupid as you are when you are calm. But a few guys, can actually benefit from that and can still make good decisions when they are pissed off...and I have seen our laid-back coach lay down and punt that ball one too many times for my tastes when my gut feeling was f**k JUST GO FOR IT! I think John has all of those things.
2. John's less experienced but he is also young when compared to other coaches. That means two things. First, just like a player can improve, so can a coach. He CAN get better and I'm sure he's learned his fair share of lessons and had plenty of time to look back and reminisce on his past coaching. And two, he may not have any of the old-school coaching mentality that is clearly beginning to hurt some teams whose coaches still stick by it today.
3. Superbowl WIN experience. Sure some credit the coach prior to him for building the team to get there. But the actual coaching of the team TO the Superbowl and TO GET THE WIN goes to him. It always helps when a coach has done it once. You get there so rarely as a team and as a coach that whenever this team may get there again, they would have a coach they can rally around that would make them a little less nervous and more confident to go and get it all.
Just my two cents.
Oh and it also helps that he seems to REALLY want to be here. Plus he also seems to like Jimmy, so if Jimmy does end up being the guy later down the line....could work out just fine.
Edited by PantherFanForLife, 27 October 2010 - 03:41 AM.