And most importantly, in the latter half of his first coaching tenure, Gruden never again enjoyed the kind of success he did immediately after he arrived in Tampa.
In his first go-around, Gruden was an NFL head coach for 11 seasons — four in Oakland and seven in Tampa Bay. His overall record was 95-81 and his teams made five playoff appearances, winning five division titles. But after the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl in 2002 — Gruden’s first season after taking over a team that had already enjoyed consistent winning under Tony Dungy — Tampa made the postseason just twice more with Gruden, and did not win a playoff game. From 2003 through ’08, Bucs had three winning seasons and three losing ones.
Portland is one of the lower-tier 3-point shooting teams, ranked 19th in the league in makes (9.8) and 22nd in attempts (26.1). Lillard and CJ McCollum account for 50 percent of the team’s made 3s this season, the second-highest duo percentage in the league. Only Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors combine for a higher percentage of their team’s 3s at 53 percent, and the defending champs are equipped with personnel that dominate in other departments.
It is not clear how many owners favor taking action against Jones, but the group that supports such a move is said to include some of the league’s most influential owners, according to those with knowledge of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the threat of litigation.
Jones is attempting to block completion of negotiations between the owners’ compensation committee and Roger Goodell of a five-year contract extension that would keep Goodell in place as commissioner through 2024. Jones told members of the compensation committee that he had hired attorney David Boies and was prepared to file a lawsuit against Goodell’s extension.
“Roger will be extended, and Jerry will be dealt with,” said one of those people familiar with the owners’ sentiments.
Moton allowed only two quarterback hits and eight hurries on 467 attempts last season and has surrendered just two sacks in three years at the college level, and would be a welcomed addition to a Colts’ offensive line that allowed their quarterbacks to be sacked 7.6 percent of the time after adjusting for down, distance and opponent — the fifth-highest adjusted sack rate in the NFL last season.