Jon Gruden spoke this weekend in Gainesville at the Will Muschamp Coaches Clinic. Over 250 high school coaches were in attendance to the event, which was sponsored by IMG Academies.
As the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Gruden once coached against current Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis in the famous 2002 AFC divisional playoff game in New England. The game will forever be known as the “tuck rule game.”
So Friday, Weis wanted to get Gruden a little rattled and asked a few coaches in the audience to bring up the NFL “tuck rule.”
Gruden (aka Chucky) responded, “If you go back and watch that game, that’s the worst call in NFL history. They all know it’s a fumble. You see coach (Bill) Belichick and Coach Weis and their fans leaving the stadium. They knew that game was over.”
As for the future of the Gators under Will Muschamp, Gruden thinks the Florida players ought to be chomping at the bit to get to position meetings.
“I think it would be a tremendous charge to come to a meeting room where you have this type of background. All the guys want to be in the NFL. Let’s not kid ourselves.”
“That’s why they play this game, that’s why they came to this school. They want to play in the National Football League. I think it would be a tremendous motivator for these going. They’re going to get treated and coached like an NFL player, and that’s important to some of these guys.”
Florida will conclude Spring practice on April 16th.