The Long Con: The Story of Jon Gruden

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Reports are circulating that Jon Gruden is looking/considering getting back into the coaching game. According to ProFootballTalk he is quoted as saying “I’ve met with several people — I won’t deny that, just about every year I talk about coming back to coach. I’m not in here every day at 4:30 or 4:00 in the morning watching pinball, you know? I’m preparing myself to come back. I am. Every day. I’m preparing to come back.”This doesnt really give clarity to what his future plans are or if he has been trying to get back in the league for years perhaps but hasnt able to attract the attention of any coaching staffs?. If i am a football owner or gm and I see these reports coming out I am immediately contacting J. Grud. All of this press/media shit he has done the last couple of years has literally just been building him up for a coaching comeback. His”Gruden Grinders” let everyone know that he has that eye for a player that will work hard and grind his way to a starting spot. Recruiting coordinator. Check. He does his QB camps where he literally spends hours going over game film of on-the-come-up qb’s and then has the opportunity to talk and critique these young up-and-coming quarterbacks. Basically, build a rapport with these quarterbacks and telling them how to be successful. QB coach/ QB recruiter. Check. I mean this man has already been a head coach for 2 teams and brought back a USper Bowl Championship so i think we can safely assume he has somewhat of an idea on how to run a successful team but these post-coaching activities still can serve as a great tool to assist an already intimdiating coach. Im just here giving a stay woke alert (h/t Caleb Pressley of Young & Happy of Barstool Sports) that everyone should look to Jon Gruden being the next hot commodity in the NFL. AND THEN THERES COLLEGE. This man can give Saban And Urban Meyer a run for their money with 2 years of control of his own team. Throw him down there in FAU and bump Lane to his assistant. Maybe its bound to end like his tenure at Bama but maybe, just maybe, they unite to form the ultimate coaching duo and go on to lead FAU to multiple national championships and being the recruiting powerhouse they could be. Maybe a trip back to the rising Oakland Raiders? I can only hope. Who knows?I sure as hell dont but im just ready for the future. -( . )

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NBA & NHL championships coinciding coincidence? I think not.

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One of the biggest storylines in the last decade for basketball has been Lebron James. As a youngin coming in the league he had to do what he could to prove himself and now as a solidified legend in this game he goes for his 2nd title against the Warriors. This is Round 3, the big battle, and taking a backseat to this monstrous event was the NHL playoffs and the Stanley Cup. As a series of home wins, the Cup was fought back and forth and the Penguins were able to turn the Predators into their prey and take the ‘ship in 6 games. This makes it back to back Stanley Cup winning seasons for the Penguins which is exceptionally rare in hockey. So much it has only happened 4 times in the last 30 years. The Red Wings in ’97 & ’98, the Pens again in ’91 & ’92 and the Oilers in ’87 & ’88. Now oddly enough these years happen to also be years when the NBA champion has won back to back titles…interesting…

And to add fire to the ridiculously high flames of the whole ‘JORDAN VS BRON’ debate two of these back to back champions that coincided with the NHL were led by none other than the OG himself. IS this just destiny? fate? whatever you want to call it is is a very big coincidence and I am not putting anyting past the best player in the fucking league right now. Only 1 team in history has come back from a 3-1 deficit in the finals and only one team has ever given up a 3-1 lead to lose the finals and both are playing on the court tonight, just saying. Cavs in 7. -( . )

Manziel, Kaepernick, & RGIII belong to one CFL team in genius move by Tiger-Cats

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Source– In these carefree spring days, the dominant NFL story revolves around a trio of well-known quarterbacks who appear unwanted and unloved. And so we’re left to consider this previously reported development: One team in the Canadian Football League has hoarded the rights to all of them. 

By CFL rules, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats would have the first shot at signing Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III and/or Johnny Manziel if any of them decide to play in Canada. The Tiger-Cats have placed all three on their “negotiation list,” the CFL’s method for allocating international players, and Manziel has even been used as part of a fledging marketing campaign.

There are no indications that any of the trio is ready to make the jump to a league in which the minimum salary is about $40,000. Remember, Vince Young signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders — reportedly for about $89,000 annually — only after spending five years away from the NFL. And the Tiger-Cats already have one of the CFL’s most established starting quarterbacks in Zach Collaros, a former University of Cincinnati star who turns 29 this summer. But the organization recently began publicizing some of the names on what is ordinarily a confidential list, highlighting Manziel specifically in a video released to VIP fans. And Young’s migration reminded the football world that careers don’t have to end when NFL teams stop calling. “We think Zach is the most dynamic quarterback in our league,” Tiger-Cats CEO Scott Mitchell said. “He’s aware of how important he is to us, but at quarterback, you can never have enough. If Johnny Manziel ever felt that the CFL was an option, I think we all understand he would have great value and what kind of player he could be in our league.”

ABSOLUTE GENIUSES. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have claimed the rights to Johnny Football, RGIII and Colin Kap in case they ever decide to go to the CFL because the NFL has banished them figuratively. Granted the salaries aren’t as high in the CFL but if it’s between getting a real job or playing football for close to 6 figs minimum I am down, 100 and 50 fucking percent. I think anyone would be, you mean I can play a game and make as much as I would be staring at a computer and dying in these spreadsheets? Count me in. 

If I was a CFL team I would be claiming everybody that gets scandaled out of the NFL or doesnt perform up to their expected standards. It doesn’t hurt you to claim them and you have legal dibs on them if they ever decide to come to the North Country. That’s a  no brainer and kudos to this team for figuring out the system. But on the other hand, why the fuck are they going around telling everyone who they’ve claimed? Usually, they are kept private but this team is just telling everyone who they got rights on. Maybe other teams will catch on and start claiming rights but also maybe one of these QBs see’s this and thiinks about going up to Canada when they hadnt really considered it before? Hmm, only time will tell. -( . )