Tuesday, Nov. 13
The Gruden rumor mill, 9:13 a.m.
Can I just go on record now as saying these are both never going to happen?
I don't see Gruden taking either job by his free will for three reasons.
First, Gruden is a pro football coach. He's shown no desire to leave for the college ranks and seems to have no overwhelming love for the college game like a Nick Saban. I don't know many pro coaches who suddenly reverse course in mid-career and leave the pro ranks for college. Gruden has nearly 20 years of pro football experience. I don't think he changes his stripes at this point.
That actually leads to my second point. He would only take a college job if he was fired and had no other options. He's not the type to take a year off from coaching, so it would take being fired and missing out on another pro job to force him to look at the college ranks.
Third, Gruden would be dealing with 18 to 22-year old players. Their immaturity and mistakes would drive him nuts.
If the current situation holds, Gruden will be in Tampa Bay next year. I don't see the Glazer family firing a head coach that brings home two division titles in three years. And even if the Glazers do fire him, the line of suitors for Gruden's services would be long. It bears noting that Gruden's contract is up after the 2008 season and most NFL head coaches get an extension entering the final season of their contract.
June update, 9 a.m.
By now, you know about Cato June' DUI arrest in Tampa early Monday morning. His arrest has prompted plenty of message board chatter, most of it split between June being a derelict and June making a mistake in judgment.
June was arrested early Monday morning after failing a field sobriety test. He was pulled over for driving 66 miles per hour in a 45 zone. The officer noted that he smelled alcohol on June's breath. June did not submit to a breathalyzer test. He was taken to Hillsborough County jail and remained there until posting bail at 11:30 a.m.
All of this information comes courtesy of the police report.
June's DUI charge was a misdemeanor.
My sources in Indianapolis told me yesterday that June had never had a run-in with the law or the NFL during his four seasons there. He was a model citizen, one of them told me.
Lapse in judgment? Absolutely. Should he be punished? Absolutely, and the law will take care of that.
But June part of what one message board poster called "the criminal element of the NFL?" Hardly.
This appears to be the first time June has been caught committing such a lapse in judgment. It will likely count as a first strike in the league's substance abuse and conduct program. He'll likely have to go through drug education seminars because of this. The law will punish him as well. Players make mistakes, just like the rest of us. How June deals with his mistake in the coming weeks will distinguish whether this is a one-time only lapse or a sign of something larger.
For the moment, I'm inclined to give June some benefit of the doubt. We shouldn't leap to judgment until the legal process has run its course and we know all the facts. In the meantime, he should thank the man upstairs that he didn't hurt himself or anyone else and exercise better judgment in the future. If he does, we'll likely never see his name in the police blotter again.
Replaying the replay, 8:50 a.m.
It appears I was right about the whole replay fiasco in Atlanta. Turns out Jon Gruden didn't completely know the replay rules when he asked to have that second-quarter fumble reviewed. But, then again, the rules are so convoluted, writes the St. Petersburg Times, that it's hard for any coach to keep up. Read more at Tampabay.com.
This game was a good sign, 8:45 a.m.
Jeff Garcia statistics on Sunday weren't scintillating by any means. But for once, the Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings writes, they didn't have to be. Players like Earnest Graham and a stifling defense aided Garcia's cause, and that's a good sign for this team entering the season's home stretch. Read more at TBO.com.