The Monday Night Football commentator is leaving the booth to be the Raiders’ next head coach, and their gain is our loss.
We don’t know who will succeed Gruden on MNF yet, but we know Gruden can never be replaced completely. Here are a few things we’ll miss about him on ESPN:
On Saturday, Browns fans held their parade, gathering around FirstEnergy Stadium, despite the freezing temperatures. In fact, hours before the parade began, it was 0 degrees with a wind chill of -16, because even nature felt like joining in on the fun.
Those words from Jerry Jones on Oct. 8 were widely taken as a salvo delivered from an owner to all the players using the national anthem as a platform for protest.
But as I see it, that was no declaration of war on guys kneeling. I don’t think the Cowboys boss was even talking to players. My feeling: he was talking through the players, and hoping his message would land in living rooms from El Paso to Wichita Falls.
And to explain why, I’ll give you the three words that should serve as your guidepost in explaining almost everything NFL: Follow the money.
Of course, not everyone was in support of the parade — especially Browns players. Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and defensive tackle Danny Shelton tweeted their frustration with the parade existing in the first place:
That parade is a joke don’t call yourself a true browns fan if you go to that thing! Going 0-16 was embarrassing enough as a player. That is like adding fuel to the fire and it is completely wrong!
Gruden can do more on his phone than just pull up YouTube highlights, too.
But we’re starting with the NFL’s ratings issue and how the protests during the national anthem have played into it. And there’s a nice jumping off point here in the numbers that were presented to the general assembly in Manhattan this week, and that The MMQB obtained. You may have already seen the figures from Nielsen that show an overall decline of 7.5 percent in total viewership, comparing this year’s ratings to last year’s, which the NFL believed were down from 2015 because of the election.