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Will Gruden help Browns pick next QB?

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 20, 2010

Browns president Mike Holmgren said last week he would consult with former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden, now an analyst for ESPN's ''Monday Night Football,'' before Thursday's NFL draft.

Gruden filmed a recent special with four quarterback prospects -- Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Texas' Colt McCoy, Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen and Florida's Tim Tebow.

Gruden was especially critical of Clausen, saying his lack of attention to detail was a disgrace to the game and to Notre Dame, where Gruden's father Jim was an assistant coach in the 1970s.

Gruden fawned over McCoy, telling him he had a chance to follow in the footsteps of Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees of the Saints.

Then-49ers offensive coordinator Holmgren gave Gruden his start in the NFL in 1990, hiring him as a low-level assistant, and Gruden followed Holgmren to Green Bay to coach receivers in 1992, staying for three seasons.

''Jon is like my son,'' Holmgren said of Gruden. ''I did not see the show, but I plan to phone him and talk to him about it. There isn't a better, smarter young man than Jon Gruden and he understands the position. I would trust his judgment on all of that.''


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