Gannon says Gruden is training like Rocky, thinks return ‘getting close’

Former Raiders QB joins ‘The Greg Papa Show’ w/ Bonta to discuss potential Gruden reunion

Karl Buscheck
December 27, 2017 - 2:22 pm

With Jon Gruden speculation swirling amid a report that the ex-Raiders coach is reaching out to potential assistants, Rich Gannon joined “The Greg Papa Show” with Bonta Hill to discuss the possibility of the Monday Night Football broadcaster reprising his role on the sideline.

“I’ve had conversations with him. I haven’t had one recently — when I see recently, in the last couple of weeks,” Gruden explained to Bonta and Mychael Urban who was in for Papa. “I spoke to him probably a month ago but I’ve talked to him a lot in the last couple of years.”

“I think he thinks of himself as a football coach. He works like a football coach.”

The former MVP then made an epic cinematic comparison.

“If you ask what he’s done over the last four or five years, I don’t think anyone’s worked harder,” Gruden said. “It’s almost like the Rocky movie where he went and trained in Russia. I think Jon has been training like that for five years.”

“I think he has done an unbelievable job staying abreast of what’s going on in the league, looking at personnel. He has spent a lot of time with college coaches and learning about different defenses and different things to do offensively in terms of the spread game.”

“He just gathers all the information and I think when he comes back, he’s going to come back with a vengeance.”

“I think it’s getting close. That’s my personal opinion. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he comes back in the next month and we hear a press conference introducing Jon Gruden as the next head coach of a team and my sense is it come be on the West Coast or it could be somewhere down south — and I’ll just leave it at that.”

Jump to the 1:04 mark in the podcast below to hear the full interview with Gannon:

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