When a bug becomes a feature

Only in America can a coach characterized as a two-faced, lying “scumbag” for his behavior running an NFL team – get fired at least in part for reaping what he sowed – then look at taking his act to the college level where he’s perceived as the next big thing.

… College players, however, benefit greatly from that kind of presence.  Bobby Knight wasn’t the most pleasant guy to play for, but you’ll have a hard time finding a former player with a bad thing to say about him.  Today the same thing could be said about someone like Nick Saban.  The authoritarian style of coaching works better in the college ranks because not only are coaches developing football players, but they’re also developing men.

Gruden would thrive in the college ranks for that reason.  He’d be allowed to be his usual maniacal self on the sidelines and in practice, and wouldn’t have to worry about primadonna players leaving through free agency or demanding trades.  For the most part, if a player doesn’t like getting yelled at, he’s got two options — deal with it or quit the team and sit out for a year while you transfer.  All the criticisms about Gruden switching players in and out of the lineup would virtually be gone in the college game — there’s so much roster turnover from year to year that it’s bound to happen naturally.

Being the control freak that he is, he’d have complete control over his roster.  Being as persuasive as he is, he wouldn’t have a hard time recruiting big-time talent.  Being the workaholic he is, he’d have a ton of success.

Makes you wonder if there’s a minor case of buyer’s remorse going on in Knoxville, Tennessee these days.  If only the Vols had waited a month or so… they could have had a proven, winning asshole instead of a wannabe.


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4 responses to “When a bug becomes a feature

  1. If only he can convince Tony Dungy to build a team for him and then take it over, then Chucky could show everyone what a great coach he is.


  2. I pray that Gruden is the next coach of Notre Dame. He’d be a failure for four reasons:

    1. He’s notoriously bad with young players, especially young quarterbacks. If he doesn’t have the patience for Chris Simms, how is he going to have the patience for a 19-year old?

    2. He runs a complicated version of the West Coast Offense. That offense is hard for professionals to learn, let alone college players with limited practice time.

    3. He won’t have Monte Kiffin around to bail him out of trouble.

    4. The personality type that succeeds in college tends to be the Pete Carroll type who has a personality that helps in recruiting and motivating players. The workaholic/gruff strategic genius from the NFL personality has a bad track record. If anyone should know this, it’s Notre Dame.

    That said, there would be two factors in his favor. First, he could credibly play the “I know what it will take to get you to the NFL” card. Second, whichever coach comes to South Ben after Weis is going to have a lot of talent at his disposal. It’ll be a little like Florida after Zook: “look at how good these players are now that they aren’t coached by a boob.”


  3. Dog in Fla

    Yeah, but just how good would Chuckie in promising jersey numbers to high school kids?


  4. Aligator