Are all the NFL fans who bet Jon Gruden would lose his job before Vic Fangio kindly raised his hand?
Gruden has a Super Bowl ring and 102 more regular season wins than Fangio, but in my book that’s not the most crucial difference between these two football coaches.
Uncle Vic is good people. Coach Chucky? Not really.
I would play for Fangio in the blink of an eye. Gruden revealed the racist, homophobic and misogynistic feelings in his heart in a series of disturbing emails uncovered by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal that led to his resignation as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
“Relationships are important in this matter, more than ever now,” Fangio said Thursday, when I asked him about the importance of having the players’ confidence in the Denver locker room, especially against the adversity that a two-game streak loss can bring.
But if we’ve learned anything during this sad week for the NFL, it’s that virtue often has virtually no correlation with winning.
In a sport where the self-sufficient mainstream media makes big-star legends shine until they are as brilliant as the Vince Lombardi Trophy, Fangio is a working-class grunt in the league coaching fraternity compared to Gruden. Coach Chucky led Tampa Bay to a championship at 39, was ESPN’s main commentator on Monday Night Football for a decade, and signed a 10-year, $ 100 million contract to coach the Raiders in 2018.
Gruden has earned our respect. What fools we were all. In the foul language of his emails, it is evident that Gruden has disrespected everyone from NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to Commissioner Roger Goodell, while also taking offense at the inclusion of gay players or female referees in professional football.
If these ugly revelations don’t make you much angrier than Colin Kaepernick silently protesting racial injustice during the national anthem, maybe you should not only look at yourself in the mirror, but also see what prejudices could escalate. in your heart.
“I just think there is no place in the world, let alone our league, for the opinions that have been expressed and especially the words used to express those opinions,” Fangio said, commenting earlier. this week Gruden’s mouth full of spite. “I and my organization are definitely against this. It was a bad situation.
The league needs more good men like Fangio and fewer attitudes born under the dark underbelly of the NFL’s good ol ‘boy network.
But now the Broncomaniacs have Raiders Week without Coach Chucky to boo about. That’s okay, because the NFL works in mysterious ways. Isn’t it a strange coincidence that Sunday will be the time when the Broncos finally honor coach Mike Shanahan with a spot in the Ring of Fame?
No one hated the Raiders more than Shanny, whose beef with the late Al Davis was so rich he once ordered a San Francisco quarterback to throw a soccer ball at the owner’s head during warm-ups before a game. And much better, at least when it comes to the Country Broncos: Shanahan’s record during his tenure in Denver against the dreaded Rai-duhs was 21-7.
With the Mastermind in the house, I would strongly advise Uncle Vic to beat the Dysfunctional Raiders to the greatest of disarray. Losing three times in a row after a 3-0 start? Perish thought. That would be the definition of free fall.
“We have good leaders and everyone’s intentions are all good. You just have to fight through these times. Sometimes it becomes difficult. Some doubt can creep in from all angles, but you have to fight for it, ”said Fangio.
If Denver were beaten by a Raiders squad that had to scramble to name a new head coach, you can say goodbye to the Broncos as their season rocks to the brink. “We have to win this game,” said linebacker Von Miller.
Uncle Vic is good people, raised by his mother. Alice Fangio is a 90-year-old who always keeps an eye on her 63-year-old son for doing the right thing and treating people the right way.
But in the NFL, where the scoreboard is obsessed with touchdowns and field goals, virtue never matters as much as victory.