Is Rich Gannon An Ideal Fit To Work Between Gruden And Carr?
Rich Gannon said he has not yet discussed a potential reunion with Jon Gruden, but a number of reports have indicated Gruden would like to bring Gannon to Oakland as his quarterbacks coach.
Gruden addressed the Gannon rumors on Tuesday saying he was “not quite sure where we are going, but you always know I’m interested in Rich Gannon.”
In theory, Gannon checks every box to be a good quarterbacks coach.
The problem, some would say, is Gannon has never coached in the NFL and would bring a dynamic to Gruden’s coaching staff that’s at least unpredictable.
Not sure I’d put Rich Gannon at QB coach. Gruden will be coaching QBs & running the plays with Olson. Not sure they need Gannon
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) January 10, 2018
Gannon is a fiery, opinionated type. So is Gruden. And when he’s at his best, so is Derek Carr.
Is there a healthy limit to the level of combustibility among the coaches and Carr?
Last year, the Raiders lacked strong voices among their coaching staff. In that respect, change will be good.
Nevertheless, there are aspects of Gannon’s personality that have translated well to television that may not necessarily carry over as well to coaching.
By all means get the band back together, and Gannon may be exactly who Carr needs in his ear, but the idea that Gannon would be a slam dunk working between Gruden and Carr… that might be a little optimistic.
But who’s not willing to give it a try?