Jon Gruden goes out of his way to praise Tom Brady

Ryan Hannable
February 28, 2019 - 12:22 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jon Gruden is always one of the more entertaining coaches at the NFL combine.

Speaking first thing Thursday morning, the Raiders coach joked about a few things and also complimented broadcasters of new Alliance of American Football league. But, when discussing quarterback play across the league, he unsolicited brought up Patriots quarterback Tom Brady when it comes to pass-first offenses being successful in the NFL.

“I think you can. The guy up in New England can still throw it too,” he said. “You have to be able to run the ball in key situations, run out the clock at the end of the game, you have to be able to convert some third-and-ones, some goal line situations and set up some play action passes. Brady proved that. They had the best play action in all of football.

“Yes, the way the passing game truly is today with all the RPOs I think you can go all the way with a great pass offense.”

Gruden was later asked about increasing mobility with quarterbacks, and within that answer also brought up Brady.

“I don’t think [mobility is necessary]," he said. “The guy who keeps winning Super Bowls isn’t going to win the short shuttle championship. The guy is just an amazing football player. He’s proven you don’t have to get on the edge and run for first downs and attack the perimeter. There are a lot of ways to get things done. It all depends on the supporting cast and the performance of your team.”

So while it's been almost 20 years since Brady himself was at the combine, it doesn't mean he's still not getting talked about.

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