Ryan Tannehill spent some time with Gruden at his quarterbacks camp before he was drafted in 2012, but that doesn’t mean Gruden knew how to say his name correctly. It’s pronounced Tann-uh-hill. But Gruden called him Tanny-hill. Close enough.
He also had a boatload of oddly specific and sometimes nonsensical nicknames for players — enough that we’re pretty sure he just came up with things to call them because he forgot their names.
He called current Falcons defensive end and former Buccaneers first-round pick Adrian Clayborn “Light Switch,” which Gruden said was “because he can go from 0 to 80 in a hurry.”
In high school in Wisconsin, I remember a teammate getting hurt in practice, and laying on the field in the middle of a team drill. The whole practice stopped. Everyone wanted to see how the injured guy was doing. When that happens in high school, when someone is hurt seriously, sometimes the practice just ends. But my first year at the University of Wisconsin, I remember a guy going down in practice, and he was in pain laying there on the field, and everybody stopped to look. After a couple of seconds, one of the coaches hollered:
Why am I getting emails from the Cardinals that you traded them our entire starting rotation?!? reads one. Another: Jerry, we can’t acquire literally every pick in the Rule 5 draft. Dipoto licks his chapped lips, gets out of bed, and pulls the curtains slightly aside. It’s blindingly bright outside. I think we need a new sixth outfielder, he absently thinks to himself. His phone starts buzzing.?
Gabriel Baumgaertner: The Winter Meetings didn’t even begin and Jerry Dipoto already traded for Dee Gordon and switched him to a new position. As long as Dipoto is running the Mariners, they’ll always be busy in December.
“Electrifying,” said New England safety Duron Harmon. “We were excited to see him, because it’s letting us know he’s making progress, and that’s what we’ve been praying for.”
And the crowd? Harmon: “It’s the stadium where, as a kid, you dream about playing big games on the road, and having everybody in the stadium against you. That’s the kind of game you want to play in and dream to play in.”