Simeon Rice Calls Jon Gruden a Scumbag and Somewhere Charlie Weis is Smiling

Simeon Rice Calls Jon Gruden a ScumbagWhile doing my usual late-night perusal of ProFootballTalk before shutting my computer down for the evening, I came across a pretty interesting item containing some rather inflammatory comments made by Simeon Rice earlier today.

It seems that Simeon Rice is not too big a fan of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, who was recently fired and replaced by Raheem Morris.

“How I feel personally? I could tell you that, too. I think he’s a scumbag,” Rice said. “I think he’s a scumbag personally. That’s when he’s telling you one thing and… You know what he told me? ‘Simeon you’ll be here in the next five years.’ I got injured [and] this man’s never said one word to me. I won a Super Bowl for you. I got 13 sacks, 12, 15 every year for you. I balled. I got injured [and] you let me go like it was nothing.”

Wow. Players who have been cut holding grudges is nothing really new, but coming right out and calling the guy a scumbag is pretty surprising.

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Hop over to PFT to read the rest of Simeon Rice’s comment. He goes on and on listing off players who had beef with Gruden for one reason or another, and describing situations that turned into “debacles” because of how Gruden handled them.Simeon Rice Calls Jon Gruden a Scumbag

Simeon Rice had quite a football career. He shattered the previous Big Ten sack record of 36 by notching 44.5 sacks while at the University of Illinois. He was then picked 3rd in the 1996 NFL draft and was a highly productive player for the Cardinals and Buccaneers (helping Tampa Bay win the 2002 Super Bowl) before suffering a series of nagging injuries. He bounced around after being cut by the Bucs and developed a reputation of being a little bit of a malcontent.

As with anything, I’m sure that the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Jon Gruden obviously rubbed some people the wrong way during his Tampa Bay tenure, and I’m sure this won’t be last “scumbag” story that comes out. But Simeon Rice’s comments should probably be taken with at least a little bit of a grain of salt. No doubt there is some animosity there for the unceremonious way that Rice was jettisoned from the Bucs when his production deteriorated, but that’s the way it goes in the salary-cap era NFL.

Still, you have to wonder what the Golden Domers think of the myriad of negative pub that Jon Gruden has been getting recently. It is the worst-kept secret in sports — heck, it’s not even really a secret — that Notre Dome has long coveted Jon Gruden to someday restore the pride of Touchdown Jesus; and the feeling is mutual. But when when of your only public defenders is John Daly, well that has to say something doesn’t it?

One thing is for sure, somewhere Charlie Weis is smiling — and probably feeling just a little bit more secure in his job than he was about a week ago.

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  1. I love to hear that. A player i trust and a coach I didn’t, that’s exactly where the imagination of fans in Tampa were wandering…still loving the move.

  2. So the list of players he mentioned were washed up when Gruden cut him.

    Oh no! What a scumbag for cutting pricey, beat-up players! There’s a reason Keenan McCardell, Simeon Rice, BJ, Keyshawn, and Simms have not played or been productive since their Bucs release. (Maybe you can make a case for Keyshawn.)

    Football is not private charity or a cushy government job. There’s no job security, Simeon. Wake up, buddy.

    • @Mike, good points.

      Look, I’m sure that Jon Gruden can be a jerk, and he probably was not totally forthright with his intentions all the time — but head coaches are in a tough spot when it comes to aging, fading superstars. Remember what happened with the Patriots and Lawyer Milloy back in the day? The salary cap makes it hard to pay guys for what they’ve done; you have to put guy for what they are doing and will do. San Diego is struggling to figure out how to handle the LT situation right now, which is very related.

      At the end of the day, it sounds like Simeon Rice has more of a problem with the way things were handled, and a perceived lack of honesty on Jon Gruden’s part. I have no problem with that. But Gruden’s (and Bruce Allen’s) history of parting ways with older players is not something I will look down on him for.

      And btw…I like the blog Mike. Nice post about the pole dancing…

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