By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
In its three years of existence, Jon Gruden’s Quarterback Camp show on ESPN has provided us with plenty of interesting pairings.
And this duo (the fiery Gruden and the laid-back Landry Jones) may be one of my favorite. Talk about a clash of personalities.
Anyway, here’s a brief three-minute clip that the network released today, just a snippet of the half-hour show that’s scheduled to air on April 17 at 5:00 p.m. on ESPNU. Set your DVR’s, because it should be interesting.
In addition, Gruden wrote a post for ESPN Insider today about his visit with Jones. And while he lauded the strong-armed quarterback’s skill set, Gruden was a bit critical of Jones’ final two seasons in Norman.
Jones was around so long and had seen so much as a college player that I think he got complacent. I see a player who got bored. He has the raw skills to do so much that I think it actually affected him negatively over the last couple of seasons, when he didn’t reach the statistical heights of his incredible sophomore season. When I broke down the tape with him, I had some moments where I’m thinking (and saying) “What are you doing?” And then I realized the answer was often “too much.”
More from Gruden on Jones…
This is a guy who knows he can make all of the throws. And knowing that, it looked like he got frustrated (and bored) simply checking it down — he wasn’t content to just take the underneath stuff that opponents gave him. It was like Nuke Laloosh shaking off his catcher. So Jones tried to do more; he tried to make throws that weren’t there, and take the game over. A couple of times, it backfired.
Also, Gruden was a bit critical of the play-calling at OU last year…
I didn’t really like a lot of the plays he had to run at Oklahoma. Last season, the Sooners consistently didn’t have any tight ends as options in the passing game, and didn’t do enough to give Jones the option to have easy outlets, which eliminated the opportunity to dump the ball off to tight ends or running backs. If I’m going to criticize anybody for that, I’m going to criticize Oklahoma. The Sooners often went with four-wideout formations, and I thought it stymied their QB. They lost balance and their play-action passing game. That put a lot on Jones, and it probably created a situation where he had to throw the ball too often.
Anyway, the post is all interesting. And if you have Insider, you should read the whole thing. Gruden has never been one afraid to share his football opinions.