The disappointment of the last two years in Baltimore is balanced by the perpetual promise of a stable organization. With that said, another year of mediocrity could threaten coach John Harbaugh’s job security.
On offense, the Ravens need much more from their ground attack to match their Joe Flacco-led passing game, which now includes Jeremy Maclin. On defense, contributions from newcomers Marlon Humphrey and Tyus Bowser will be needed to help a unit that allowed 28 passing touchdowns last season.
There is a lot to sift through in Gruden’s remarks, especially with the NFL’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring after the 2020 season, near the time when Gruden’s ESPN contract expires in 2021. But don’t expect him to be the next coach of Ole Miss, or any college football program for that matter.
Yeah, when I first got fired I went to Alabama and spent a couple of days with Nick Saban, Gruden said about his time after being fired by the Buccaneers on January 16, 2009. Then I went to Oregon and spent four or five days out there with Chip Kelly just to see two polar opposite programs that were very successful. I was very determined to be a college coach. Then I realized that if I became a college coach I would probably have you on probation within four or five weeks.
Too many rules, man. I mean I like to work. I don’t like to be working 15 hours a week with players. The recruiting, Facebook, texting, e-mails all that stuff. Yeah, I’d probably have you in real deep, deep trouble if I was your college coach.
Gruden may just be keeping his ear to the sport and scouting for his role as a “Monday Night Football” analyst, but it’s the first time he’s said he’s actually preparing for a new gig on a daily basis.