Now on the other side of the microphone, the Raiders’ new head coach held court Tuesday at the NFL’s annual meetings, showing off once again his penchant for being a quote machine on a wide array of topics.
Most notable was Gruden’s disdain for instant replay, an area that has only brought up more questions since it was first introduced into the game.
I’d like to eliminate instant replay, honestly, Gruden said. That would be my No. 1 thing. Let the officials call the game. That’s just my opinion. I try not to play that game of ‘wish list,’ you know what I mean?
He hit the bull’s-eye in the target, smashed my GoPro. That ticked me off, Gruden recounted to a table of laughs from reporters. Then he looked the free safety off an he smashed the other GoPro. I said, ‘That’s a wrap! That’s a wrap!’ That’s the greatest show of all time. I’m surprised we didn’t win an award for that show.
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Among Gruden’s other best hits on Tuesday?
On critics who have questioned whether he can adapt after being out of the league for 10 years: Who are my critics? Has anyone criticized them? 鈥?You’ve got to adapt or die, and I don’t plan on dying.
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The latest Beckham incident is a video of him in a Paris hotel with a model, with drugs possibly in the room as well 鈥?yet another issue for Mara to see and hear and consider when it comes to determining if the superstar wide receiver deserves a long-term contract extension, as Beckham has made it clear he wants to be the league’s highest-paid receiver.
It wasn’t helpful, John Mara told The Post and another media outlet earlier Sunday, when asked how the video affects the expectations the Giants have for Beckham.
For now, Beckham is rehabbing from the fractured left ankle that ended his 2017 season in Week 5 and is on the books for $8.45 million in 2018, the final year on his contract. The Giants can let Beckham play out the deal and then apply the franchise tag to him, they can work out a long-term extension at any time or they can try to trade Shamar Stephen Jersey him if they believe he cannot or will not live up to the standard they set for him to maintain.