Jon Gruden would still be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach today if….http://bit.ly/ggPZqt
Posted by eric.schmidt February 7, 2011
Jon Gruden would still be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach today if, he had draft Aaron Rodgers in 2005, plain and simple. The Buccaneers used their first round selection in 2005 on Auburn RB, Carnell Williams. Williams had a great rookie season, however he started out fast, and never recovered as the season wore on.
Running backs in recent years, have become basically a plug and play type position. This year, the Buccaneers plugged in undrafted free agent, LeGarrette Blount, that worked out nicely.
So, for the head coach that the NFL fawns over as being the offensive genius, the former coach that ESPN created a show for to evaluate the players at that position coming out in last year’s draft, how could this “genius” overlook Aaron Rodgers?
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers took a major slide in the draft in 2005, it was painful to watch. ESPN finally moved Rodgers into the Green Room as his stock continued to plummet. I think 20 or so NFL general managers are looking like idiots today.
Jon Gruden, regarded as the quarterback coach, passed on Aaron Rodgers. How different would the landscape look in Tampa right now, if he had selected Rodgers? Would the Buccaneers be contending for the NFC crown, would they have won another Super Bowl title? Seriously, the 2005 Buccaneers team went to battle with Brian Griese and Chris Simms. But the play from the quarterback position continued to deteriorate as Gruden’s tenure went on.
For a former Super Bowl winning head coach, which is propped up by ESPN as being the master of quarterbacks, how could Gruden have let Aaron Rodgers slip by? He still could have drafted Carnell Williams at the number 5 spot, but he could have moved back in around the 20th spot. If that move would have happened, how different would the Buccaneers landscape look today?