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Brian Billick was/is a great coach. Raheem couldn't carry his jock.
I'm certainly no Gruden homer, but all of these stories are starting to get old. And anyone notice how all of these guys have some sort of issue? King was lazy, Keyshawn had an attitude, Clayton...well, who knows what his problem was but he obviously had one lol. Gruden certainly has his faults and don't doubt that there were some issues going on between him and the locker room, but until I at least hear from one of our more respected former players I think I'm just going to ignore this stuff. It seems a lot like when some player gets accused of rape and then all of a sudden multiple women hop on board and say "he raped me too!!!" Why is it years later after someone else says something that everyone else finds the need to pile on?
IMO, Malcom would not have fired Gruden. At least not until his contract was up or at least near it. When Classless meets Dheads, I guess someone has got to go. Makes for good conspiracy theories though.
I agree, but then again if he's REALLY smarter, he'd realize that the job may not be worth all the aggravation. You can win a Super Bowl and a fanbase can completely turn on you anyway. I think merely if he hadn't drafted Clayton (and taken Steven Jackson instead), if he had gotten a franchise QB (be it either Rodgers or Brees), we wouldn't be having any of these conversations. Jerk or not, he'd still be here and be winning. All the moralizing and nonsense about how the lockerroom turned on him is speculation, revisionism, downright lies in a lot of cases. I mean think about this logically for a moment. We're 9-3 heading into the MNF game against the Panthers in 2008. Did the lockerroom turn on him then? No. They couldn't stop the run because they weren't good enough and then all the injuries and so they lost. The Monte stuff came out and it weakened the focus. San Diego simply was hot and more explosive and then some bad playcalling and bad luck came into play in the Atlanta and Oakland games (like Caddy's injury, Ruud not falling on the fumble in OT, etc.) I'm sure some guys turned against him and he made a lot of mistakes into 2003-2004. But we're really mixing arguments. Gruden was a different guy by 2007 and 2008. In the end, he could be a saint and a good guy and it really didn't matter because he didn't draft well, the team was unlucky and he lost his playcalling mojo. So they got rid of him, we committed to youth and hopefully in five years we're having way more positive conversations about Raheem.