I don't like Jon Gruden at all. Not even when he says this. (HT: Timmy)
"That's why Tim Tebow is so interesting to me. He's like Brandon Jacobs playing quarterback. He's 250 pounds. He's the strongest human being who's ever played the position. Ever. He will kick the living [expletive] out of a defensive lineman. He'll fight anybody. He is rare. Tebow is the kind of guy who could revolutionize the game. He's the 'wildcat' who can throw...This guy here is 250 pounds of concrete cyanide, man. And he can throw. He throws well enough at any level to play quarterback...He can play quarterback in the NFL...What he said after the Ole Miss game, I said, 'That's my favorite football player I've ever seen in my whole life.' I said, 'I want Florida to win every game that kid plays from now on."
Listen, don't get sucked into this crap. Jon Gruden has ZERO head coaching prospects. Why? Every notable player who was in Tampa during his tenure has badmouthed him. The one who didn't was John Lynch, who was never offered a new contract, only to continue to be a productive player in Denver. Gruden could tell me the Gators wear orange and blue and I wouldn't believe him.
Gruden jumping on the Tebow bandwagon is a survival technique. He can pull some goodwill if he associates himself with someone who has done no wrong. But don't kid yourself. If Tebow was put into Gruden's system, he would fail because Gruden cannot build around a quarterback. This was his problem in Tampa. Brad Johnson, Chris Simms, Bruce Gradkowski, Brian Griese and Jeff Garcia all played in a system that Gruden would not change. This is why he ultimately failed as a head coach. And this is why he should never be a head coach again. Until he learns to play with the players he has, and not the ones he wishes he had, Gruden will fail. And he better stay away from Tim Tebow, too.