Bill Simmons predicts that Jon Gruden will be a ‘disaster’ with the Raiders

Ringer boss questions coaching — and broadcasting — chops of new silver and black leader

Karl Buscheck
August 29, 2018 - 10:00 am

Let’s just say that Bill Simmons isn’t bullish on Jon Gruden, Round II, in Oakland. On the debut episode of The Ringer’s new show “Dual Threat with Ryen Russillo,” the podcast potentate predicted a grim return to the sidelines.

“I think he’s going to be a disaster,” Simmons said. “The one thing I’ve learned over the years with football picks is, you’ve got to go all in with like nine things…”

“You’ve just got to go dive in, and one of my dive-ins, I think this year he’s going to be terrible. There’s no evidence (he'll be good) — he wasn’t really even a good coach in Tampa after that first year. He hasn’t been a successful coach for 15 years.”

After winning the Super Bowl in his first season with the Buccaneers, Gruden was 45-51 in his final six campaigns.

From the day the ex-ESPN broadcaster was rehired by the Raiders, Simmons, a noted supporter of Boston sports, has been a Gruden detractor.

“And also, I wasn’t impressed listening to him on Monday Night Football games. I thought he was like the master of the cliche. I never heard real insight from him.”

Jump to the 26:40 mark in the pod to hear Simmons in his own words.

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