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971503 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2009-01-29 04:31:32.0 UTC 2009-01-28T23:31:32.000-05:00 former-tampa-bay-buccaneers-coach-jon-gruden-says-hell-be-back-coaching Published 2009-01-29 12:37:29.0 UTC 2009-01-29T07:37:29.000-05:00 sports/football/bucs DTI 47328222 TAMPA — Chucky says he will stalk the sidelines again. It took nearly two weeks of listening to stinging criticisms from several players, but Jon Gruden finally broke his silence Wednesday about his stunning firing as coach of the Buccaneers. Gruden, 45, admitted he was blindsided by his dismissal on Jan. 16, when the Glazer family fired their seven-year coach and replaced him with defensive coordinator Raheem Morris. But Gruden vowed to continue coaching and has not ruled out working on the collegiate level. "Chucky will be back and hopefully my teeth will be as sharp as ever," he told ESPN.com on Wednesday. Gruden will earn about $15 million for the three years remaining on his contract but intends to use his whistle, whether it's "NFL, college, high school or, maybe, I'll just be the best damn flag football coach in the history of Florida. I'm now head of the FFCA — Fired Florida Coaches Association." While Gruden has maintained his sense of humor, there's nothing funny about the poor characterizations of the ex-Bucs coach offered by current players Michael Clayton and Jeff Garcia and former Buc Simeon Rice. "I'm not the first coach to take potshots. Hey, some people were taking potshots at Tony Dungy when I got here," Gruden said. "Jeff Garcia, Michael Clayton, I wish those guys the best. I hope Raheem gets this thing going again." Despite back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in his seven-year career with the Bucs, Gruden's club became the first in 15 years to start the season 9-3 and miss the playoffs. Tampa Bay lost four straight in December. "It was rough the way it ended, losing three or four games," he said. "This was the first time in my life being on the front line of the firing squad after 11 years. I've just taken a couple days to unwind with my family. A lot of people have called, being very supportive." The Glazer family, which owns the Bucs, said it took into consideration feedback from players and fans before arriving at the decision to fire Gruden, whose team reached the playoffs twice after winning the Super Bowl in January 2003 but never won another postseason game. "We won a Super Bowl," Gruden said. "I got a game ball for winning more games than any Bucs coach in history. I got a game ball for my 100th win (including playoff wins). … Again, it was tough the way it ended, but we did some good things, and I know some people who think we overachieved." Gruden disagreed with the notion that he could not or would not develop young quarterbacks. "I really only had one young guy to work with in Chris Simms," he said. "I'd love a shot to coach some young college guys. Look, you know me. I'm an addict. I love to coach." But for now Gruden is keeping his options open and considering an immediate job. He suggested that he might trade in his headset for a microphone "especially if I actually get to talk about football." By Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer Bucs,Football,Sports,Mobile Tampa Bay Buccaneers,Mobile Top Sports Stories Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden says he'll be back coaching again JHIATTN In his first public comments since being fired as Buccaneers coach two weeks ago, Jon Gruden says he was surprised by his dismissal and wishes his former players well. 2STC Sports 2 Star 'Chucky will be back,' fired Gruden vows 1 sp_gruden012909-2STC 'Chucky will be back' 2009-01-29 05:00:00.0 UTC 2009-01-29T00:00:00.000-05:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2009/01/28/47328222-former-tampa-bay-buccaneers-coach-jon-gruden-says-hell-be-back-coaching StaffArticle 2012-12-23 21:10:36.0 UTC 2012-12-23T16:10:36.000-05:00 sports,footballFootballsports,football,bucsTampa Bay BuccaneersTAMPA — Chucky says he will stalk the sidelines again.Bucs,Football,Sports,Mobile Tampa Bay Buccaneers,Mobile Top Sports StoriesBucs,Football,Sports,Mobile Tampa Bay Buccaneers,Mobile Top Sports StoriesRick Stroud 2106903 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-03-04 21:02:46.0 UTC 2013-03-04T16:02:46.000-05:00 rick-stroud published Rick Stroud <p>Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745490 Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. <p>Phone: </p><p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:stroud@tampabay.com ">stroud@tampabay.com</a></p><p>Blog: <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/">Bucs Beat</a></p><p>Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): <a href="http://www.iheart.com/live/673/?autoplay=true">Listen live</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2013/03/Stroud_Richard_wp_2521982.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745490-rick-stroud AuthorProfile <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">RICK STROUD</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2288988 2016-08-10 21:10:48.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago lawrence-samuels-out-as-tampa-bay-storm-coach sports/football/storm Lawrence Samuels out as Tampa Bay Storm coach StaffArticle 2287862 2016-08-02 22:39:58.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago five-coaches-with-a-lot-to-prove sports/footballpreps Five coaches with a lot to prove StaffArticle 2290894 2016-08-25 13:58:04.0 UTC 4 Days Ago tampa-bay-quickly-becoming-defensive-back-central sports/footballpreps Tampa Bay quickly becoming defensive back central StaffArticle <p> TAMPA — Chucky says he will stalk the sidelines again. </p> <p> It took nearly two weeks of listening to stinging criticisms from several players, but Jon Gruden finally broke his silence Wednesday about his stunning firing as coach of the Buccaneers. </p> <p> Gruden, 45, admitted he was blindsided by his dismissal on Jan. 16, when the Glazer family fired their seven-year coach and replaced him with defensive coordinator Raheem Morris. </p> <p> But Gruden vowed to continue coaching and has not ruled out working on the collegiate level. </p> <p> &quot;Chucky will be back and hopefully my teeth will be as sharp as ever,&quot; he told ESPN.com on Wednesday. </p> <p> Gruden will earn about $15 million for the three years remaining on his contract but intends to use his whistle, whether it's &quot;NFL, college, high school or, maybe, I'll just be the best damn flag football coach in the history of Florida. I'm now head of the FFCA — Fired Florida Coaches Association.&quot; </p> <p> While Gruden has maintained his sense of humor, there's nothing funny about the poor characterizations of the ex-Bucs coach offered by current players Michael Clayton and Jeff Garcia and former Buc Simeon Rice. </p> <p> &quot;I'm not the first coach to take potshots. Hey, some people were taking potshots at Tony Dungy when I got here,&quot; Gruden said. &quot;Jeff Garcia, Michael Clayton, I wish those guys the best. I hope Raheem gets this thing going again.&quot; </p> <p> Despite back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in his seven-year career with the Bucs, Gruden's club became the first in 15 years to start the season 9-3 and miss the playoffs. Tampa Bay lost four straight in December. </p> <p> &quot;It was rough the way it ended, losing three or four games,&quot; he said. &quot;This was the first time in my life being on the front line of the firing squad after 11 years. I've just taken a couple days to unwind with my family. A lot of people have called, being very supportive.&quot; </p> <p> The Glazer family, which owns the Bucs, said it took into consideration feedback from players and fans before arriving at the decision to fire Gruden, whose team reached the playoffs twice after winning the Super Bowl in January 2003 but never won another postseason game. </p> <p> &quot;We won a Super Bowl,&quot; Gruden said. &quot;I got a game ball for winning more games than any Bucs coach in history. I got a game ball for my 100th win (including playoff wins). … Again, it was tough the way it ended, but we did some good things, and I know some people who think we overachieved.&quot; </p> <p> Gruden disagreed with the notion that he could not or would not develop young quarterbacks. </p> <p> &quot;I really only had one young guy to work with in Chris Simms,&quot; he said. &quot;I'd love a shot to coach some young college guys. Look, you know me. I'm an addict. I love to coach.&quot; </p> <p> But for now Gruden is keeping his options open and considering an immediate job. He suggested that he might trade in his headset for a microphone &quot;especially if I actually get to talk about football.&quot; </p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:56:42