Jon Gruden Wants To Eliminate Instant Replay, And His Return To Coaching Has Become All The More Intriguing
Let's look past the fact that apparently a newly hired head coach that signed for one hundred million dollars over the span of the full decade he was given to either prove himself or receive the largest unemployment check in the history of the American workforce has no idea that you can't review pass interference, or any other penalty for that matter. I would find that somewhat concerning if I were a Raiders' fan, but that's one big "if" that allows me to brush on past an exceedingly strange display of professional perplexity.
Plus, the real storyline here is that Jon Gruden the television analyst and John Gruden the NFL head coach are two completely different people that can't coexist in the world at the same time. That may seem like a fairly ridiculous conclusion to jump to...until you consider that the former has spent countless hours talking his way through coach's challenges while the latter apparently has no idea where, what, or how they can be used. As far as I can tell, the Jon Gruden that's going to take the sidelines come September has been cryogenically frozen since 2008, because that's the only explanation for him going from a nauseatingly optimistic NFL enthusiast to him actively trying to set the sport of football back to the technological equivalent of the stone ages.
He, more than almost anyone, should know just how untrustworthy the eyes of those tasked with following the biggest, fastest, and strongest athletes on the planet while they engage in organized violence can be, and he wants their retinas to replace the the replay system? Either this is a Multiplicity situation, or someone blew on the Nintendo-style coaching cartridge that's been collecting dust in his closet and stuck in the back of Jon Gruden once he got his new gig. Either way, it's going to be mighty fun to see the initial results of his ten year plan that is apparently nothing more than "don't die"...
Hmm, sounds familiar....