‘Secret Weapon’ To Afterthought In Five DaysDecember 29th, 2008
Chucky seems to have forgotten about the young guy being molded in his quarterback laboratory.
At his Monday news conference, Coach Gruden was hit with a question about his love for veteran quarterbacks and his apparent inability to develop a quality young quarterback.
Chucky said he never really had a rookie quarterback who was a blue-chip prospect. He explained that in Oakland veteran Rich Gannon was given to him, and how Brad Johnson was waiting for him Tampa. Also, he went on to say that he did some good things developing Chris Simms (a third-round pick).
Oddly, during Chucky’s entire response, he never once mentioned Josh Johnson, the Bucs fourth-string quarterback (a 2008 fifth-round pick).
But just five days ago, Chucky told the Oakland media how great Johnson can be.
“He’s our secret weapon. He’s in our laboratory and I don’t know if they’re going to give me enough time to develop him, but I’ve got a lot of confidence in what this guy can be. He is a very good athlete. A great kid. Football-smart, man. Players love him. I just think a year from now, he goes to training camp, he’ll show you and a lot of people that he belongs in the league and he can become an NFL quarterback.
Joe finds it very fishy that Chucky failed to mention Johnson today. How could he fail to mention the “secret weapon” in the “laboratory.”