Could it be any NFL fan who bet Jon Gruden would lose his job before Vic Fangio kindly raises his hand?
Gruden has a Super Bowl ring and 102 more regular season victories than Fangio, but in my book that isn’t the most important difference between these two football coaches.
Uncle Vic are good people. Coach Chucky? Not a lot.
I would play for Fangio in a heartbeat. Gruden revealed racist, homophobic and misogynistic feelings in his heart during a disturbing series of emails uncovered by The New York Times and Wall Street Journal that led to his resignation as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
“Relationships are more important than ever in this business,” Fangio said Thursday when I asked him about the importance of having players’ confidence in Denver’s locker room, especially in the face of the challenges of a two-game loss. can bring the line.
But if there’s one thing we’ve learned during this sad week for the NFL, it’s that virtue often has almost nothing to do with victory.
In a sport where the big, smug media have polished legends of big stars until they’re as bright as the Vince Lombardi Cup, Fangio is the working-class grumble in the league’s coaching corps compared to Gruden. Coach Chucky led Tampa Bay to a championship at age 39, served as ESPN’s chief commentator on Monday Night Football for a decade, and signed a 10-year, $100 million contract to coach the Raiders in 2018.
Gruden earned our respect. How stupid we were all. Judging from the vulgar language of his emails, Gruden appears to have been disrespectful to everyone from NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith to commissioner Roger Goodell and opposed the inclusion of gay players or female referees in professional football.
If these outrageous revelations don’t piss you off any more than Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest against racial injustice during the national anthem, perhaps you should not only take a hard look in the mirror, but also look at what prejudice may be inflaming your heart.
“I think there’s no room for ideas expressed in the world, and especially the words used to express those ideas, let alone our league,” Fangio said earlier this week when commenting on Gruden’s grudge-filled mouth. “I and my organization are absolutely against it. It was a bad situation.”
The league needs more good guys like Fangio and less of the attitudes born under the dark underbelly of the NFL’s good old kid network.
But now the Broncommaniacs have Raiders Week for Coach Chucky to boo. That’s okay, because the NFL works in mysterious ways. Isn’t it a strange coincidence that Sunday was when the Broncos finally honored coach Mike Shanahan with a place in the Ring of Fame?
No one loved the Raiders as much as Shanny, whose relationship with the late Al Davis was so rich that he once ordered the San Francisco quarterback to throw a soccer ball over his owner’s head during warm-ups before a game. And even better, at least in terms of Broncos Country: Shanahan’s record against the fearsome Rai-duhs during her tenure in Denver was 21-7.
With Mastermind at home, I strongly advise Uncle Vic to defeat the dysfunctional Raiders in complete disarray. Three losses in a row after a 3-0 start? Destroy the thought. That would be the definition of free fall.
“We have some good leaders and everyone has good intentions. You just have to fight at these times. It gets tough at times. From all different angles some doubts can leak, but you have to fight that,” Fangio said.
If Denver is beaten by a team of Raiders struggling to find a new head coach, you can say goodbye to the Broncos, whose seasons are on the brink. “We have to win this game,” said Linebacker Von Miller.
Uncle Vic is a good person who was raised by his mother. Alice Fangio is a non-noble person who is still on the hunt for her 63-year-old son to do the right thing and treat people the right way.
But in the NFL, where the scoreboard is obsessed with touchdowns and field goals, virtue is never as important as victory.