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If looks could kill, Jon Gruden, the former head football coach for the Oakland Raiders and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, would have a master's degree in this subject matter. His famous sneer earned him the nickname of Chucky - from the movie series about a killer doll. Of course, that nickname was always thrown about out of his ear shot. Gruden just could not keep his displeasure secret with a player's incompetence or mistakes. If he was coaching you and you did something wrong, he didn't have to waste a whole lot of time letting you know where you stood.
His intense style of coaching and camaraderie with the players got the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their first Super Bowl victory. Once the league chumps, in 2003 they became the NFL Champs with the then youngest coachr in league history to lead them there. As much as his look of disdain could be communicated, Gruden also had a jubilant side when things went well. During the Super Bowl victory over his former Oakland Raiders, Gruden was difficult to contain on the sidelines. When his team would execute a long run or pass, Gruden could be seen running the sideline as if he were a part of the play.
In 2009, Gruden joined ESPN's Monday Night Football as the color commentator. His effect, knowledge and communication style immediately enamored him with the MNF fan base. In 2012, ESPN announced that Gruden and Mike Turico would partner up to host MNF in the future. Rumors have always been rampant that Gruden, who has yet to lose his coaching intensity, is ripe to be tapped as the head coach for any number of openings that crop up. Gruden has not indicated any desire to leave the announcers' booth, but no one can tell by his facial expression whether he means that or not.