Ex-49er: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if Gruden got fired after this year’

Former lineman Alex Boone calls future of Raiders’ coach into serious doubt

Karl Buscheck
November 01, 2018 - 12:45 pm

In advance of The Battle of the Bay between the Raiders and the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium, “Joe, Lo & Dibs” discussed an assortment of topics surrounding both Bay Area football clubs.

One of the top items on that list was the performance, to date, of one Jon Gruden. When ex-49er Alex Boone was asked about the work of the Raider coach, the ever-candid lineman did not hold back.

“I don’t even think this guy’s going to make it out of this year,” Boone said on 95.7 The Game. “I’m being honest right now.”

“I think that this is probably the one time that everybody’s scratching their heads going, ‘What just happened? Are we being for real about this?”

“Not only do you trade your best defensive player but then he goes out and shows you why he’s the best — even though he’s not really playing right now. I get that. But then you go and trade one of your offensive threats away.”

“I mean, it just doesn’t make sense to me. You’re having a bad year. They’re just compounding one bad play with another. And it’s such a stereotypical football thing to do, ‘Oh, we screwed up here. Let’s cover it up and do this. It will  make it look better.’ And you don’t. You just make it worse.”

“So, I really, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gruden got fired after this year. You’re talking $10 million for a head coach.

“That’s a lot of money. That’s a lot of money for someone who’s not winning football games when he should be with good talent.”

When Dan Dibley pointed out that such a move would require eating nine seasons of Gruden’s reported 10-year, $100 million deal, Boone was ready with the rebuttal. He torched Gruden with his own words.

“Wait, wait, wait. Didn’t Jon say he wouldn’t take that money, if he wasn’t coaching?”

“Ohh. I know he didn’t lie about that now, did he?

Well, Dibs pointed out, Gruden also said  Amari Cooper was not on the block. Now, he’s a Cowboy.

“Listen, don’t throw it out there if you’re not ready to back it up,” Boone continued. “I really, I think if you’re getting ready to move to Vegas, I think you want the transition to be a positive one.

“I don’t think you want it to be a negative one where a team that’s in turmoil and a coach that just can’t get a grip on it. I think you want to go in there just happy, fresh, ready to roll. And I really — what has he done so far to prove he’s worth $10 million.”

“That’s a lot of money for a coach. That’s a lot of money for a player.”

Then Joe Fortenbaugh dropped the exact quote, per USA Today:

“If I can’t get it done, I’m not going to take their money.”

“Hey, you know what, we’ll see if Chucky’s really Chucky anymore.”

Damn, Alex. Here’s the full pod, which is gold:

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