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Gruden on ESPN is must-see TV

Posted by Bob Ryan, Globe Staff  April 18, 2010 01:41 PM

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Have you seen those fantastically entertaining Jon Gruden sessions with the draftee QBs on ESPN?

It's called "QB Camp," or something, and in it Gruden sits with Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Jimmy Clausen, and Tim Tebow, watching tapes of themselves as Gruden critiques. It's both informative and hilarious. Who knew before he got the MNF gig that Gruden was so funny? It's similar to the fact that people didn't know how funny Jeff Van Gundy was when he was coaching the Knicks and Rockets and his eyes would fall back behind his ears by mid-season.

There have been many highlights in the QB Camp series, but the best for me was when Gruden was getting on McCoy about his accent. He asked McCoy to give him a Texas play, as if he were in the huddle, and when McCoy was done Gruden told him he had understood "about 30 percent of what you said." He advised McCoy to start working on making himself understood.

Beyond that, the football exchanges are fascinating. If you care even a teeny-weeny little bit about football, you must check them out. They run all the time. On Saturday morning, they ran them back-to-back-to-back-to-back. It made a dreary Saturday a.m. go by much faster.

By the way, it's only a matter of time before both Van Gundy and Gruden go back to coaching. Damn. Can't we get Congress to declare them national treasures, or something, and insist they remain broadcasters forever? They perform a much bigger public service behind the mike than they could ever provide coaching a team.

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