“Necessary Roughness” Gruden Article October 2002

GrudenThis is an article titled “Necessary Roughness” I have kept on hand since late 2002. It was from Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, which I borrowed from one of my flights when I was doing camp.

With Coach Jon Gruden back with the Raiders, it a perfect time to re-evaluate his approach to the game.

The first question and answer from the interview portion of the article is all you need to know about Coach Gruden.

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Running Out of Time: Clock Management

Here is Michael McKnight’s article from the August 29th, 2016 issue of Sports Illustrated regarding clock management in the NFL.

Article link: Second Nature

Even at the highest level, mistakes are made in critical junctures of the game. It is our responsibility as coaches to ensure that our players are comfortable playing in a multitude of scenarios in the critical moments of competition, no matter what your sport is.

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Too Much Salt?

From the “Yes this really happened department”… (see article)

I have done countless evaluations on rising high school student-athletes but have never questioned their cooking skills?!?

“Puts too much salt in their mashed potatoes,” and “The lamb is overcoooked” are not terms that I’ve ever used with in regards to evaluating a prospect’s talent.

What’s next, criticizing prospects’ choice in Netflix selections or if they use fabric softener when doing their laundry?

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No Repeat

With the “Big Papi farewell tour” officially underway it got me thinking how the most recent farewell tours have ended.

Peyton’s season was his worst statistically and was turbulent at best. Peyton was hurt, benched but rose again to play good then average in the playoffs. He was such a shell of himself, the Broncos basically took the ball out of his hands and let the defense win Super Bowl 50. Nevertheless, Petyon hoisted the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in his career, despite his less than stellar contributions. Peyton also had to deal with accusations of performance enhancing drug use and sexual misconduct during his time in college at the University of Tennessee.

Kobe’s goodbye started with him under performing mostly on a very bad Lakers team. In fact, his last two seasons the Lakers had the worst season in both wins and winning percentage in their storied history. With his body deteriorating, Kobe announced on November 29th, 2015 that the 2015-16 season would be his last. Kobe went on to have some memorable game during the year showing glimpses of his former self and dropped 60 in his last game. Although he was cheered at every home and road contest, it was hard to watch at times, but all in all I think basketball fans appreciated the chance to see Kobe one last time and respected that he went out on his own terms.

Likewise, David Ortiz announced before the season began that the 2016 season would be his last. Ortiz, arguably the most clutch athlete in Boston sports history, had a solid 2015 season batting .273, driving in 108 RBI and hitting 37 homers. This season in 16 games, Ortiz is batting .286, has drove in 14 runs, is slugging .589 and has hit 3 home runs.

So which will Papi’s send off be like: Peyton’s or Kobe’s?

Hopefully sports fans will see a mix of what Peyton’s and Kobe’s final seasons look like. A splash of Peyton’s team success with a dash of Kobe’s legendary finish.

Maybe though, Ortiz and add his own ingredient of how a larger than life sports hero is supposed to walk off.

In a perfect sports ending, Ortiz will give fans statistical consistency coupled with flashes of brilliant performances, remain healthy and continue to be the club leader on a competitive/successful team all while appreciating in his career and smiling until his final at-bat.

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Stop and Smell the Rose(man)s…

Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns yesterday to get a “franchise Quarterback”, but Roseman is not even sure who they will draft because the L.A. Rams have the overall first round draft pick.

In addition, Roseman has completely contradicted himself with comments he made in 2015 before the draft regarding trading up for Marcus Mariota:

“The history of trading up for one player, when you look at those trades, isn’t good for the team trading up and putting a lot of resources into it.”

It is just another lesson to be careful what you say (or write) and who you say it to or your words could very well come back to bite you.

Good luck Mr. Roseman. I hope your strategy works out for the Eagles, because if not your previous comments will surely condemn you.

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Rogers Laundry List is Never Complete

I heard an inspiring interview on The Jim Rome Radio Show yesterday, where Rome interviewed new San Francisco 49ers WR Eric Rodgers (interview link).

MMQB’s Robert Klemko, provides additional insights on Rogers journey from high school to the NFL (article link).

To me, Rogers story conveys that it doesn’t matter where you start, but how you approach your life that makes the difference.

I’ll be cheering for Rogers when the NFL season kicks off!

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