ESPN Analyst Jon Gruden Talks About Matt Barkley

The former coach and current ESPN draft analyst spoke today about quarterbacks and said if he could pick anyone, he would take Ryan Nassib of Syracuse.

“I think he can scramble for first downs,” Gruden said. “If we want to run the read option, I think he can execute those plays. He’s really sharp mentally. This is a guy that’s been trained by Doug Marrone, formerly of the New Orleans Saints. So he’s been in a really ambitious offensive scheme, taking care of the ball. He’s proven he’s tough, durable. I like his upside.”

Gruden was then asked about USC quarterback Matt Barkley. Here’s what he said:

“I think Barkley’s going to be a starter in the league at some point. Obviously, he’s coming off an injury. He’s done an excellent job rehabbing that. I saw him make all the throws personally with my own two eyes. Other than that, he’s going to have to function as a pocket passer.

“I don’t think he’s going to be a scrambling, option‑style quarterback, obviously. I think he’s going to be a guy that relies on his system, complete execution around him. I think his supporting cast is going to be important to him. But I’ve seen Matt Barkley throw the ball extremely well and in tight windows, and he’s done it for four years. What I love about Barkley is his experience, not only at USC, but he’s also started for four years in high school at a pretty doggone good high school program at Mater Dei. So, you’re getting a kid that can function in the pocket with great anticipation and accuracy. I think he has enough arm strength to be a very, very good at throwing the ball down the field.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charles Bucket

    Gruden: stay in the booth or wherever you are these days ’cause the Pious Passer is a fourth rounder at best!!!

    maybe gruden fell for his goodie two shoes routine, but the REAL GM’s who actually get paid to make decisions know full well (from reading the wolfman’s blog) that the Pious Passer has NEVER LED A 4th QTR COMEBACK!!!

    as Jim Mora says: “they measure 4th Qtr comebacks in the NFL” not throwing on a sunny day with no pressure!!! i reckon these NFL players will chew Pious Passer up and spit him out!!!

    • TrojanFamily

      Ring the bell and Chuckes salivates. Mention Barkley and he will froth at the mouth with his obsessive repeating of same mantra.

      Chuckles is Pavlov’s dog. Fetch, Chuckles!

      • Karla

        Charlie Bucket is right, on this occasion.

        Charlie, is it true you are all those other people?

        • TrojanFamily

          Nice job Chuckles. You are playing to gender expectations and hoping that by posting as a woman, you can claim you know one. Good job!

          • http://twitter.com/FatBooster Joe Blow

            He (she) IS a woman.

          • Independent_George

            Is Chuckles the crazy broad who used to post as “Truth” when Lev ran the OCR blog?

          • WEB_Dupree

            Truth was stuck to that blog like old gum under a seat.

          • http://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charles Bucket

            hey WEB, were recall when Son of Bucket teamed up with Truth to form a devastating one-two punch combo on Lev’s bog???

            Truth was the best!! in fact he had the trOXans so whipped single handed, i drifted off to focus more on wolfman’s blog!!! then when i checked in again he was gone and Lev’s blog tanked.

            ahh those were the good ol days!!!!

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            How many USC blogs do you post on?

          • TrojanFan

            Too many!

          • http://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charles Bucket

            you Dummies all shut up your mouths!! i would be in here taking names and running all outta bubble gum, but they are showing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on AMC WITH story notes!!!

            now you all shut up, Grampa Joe’s big musical number is starting (I’ve Got a Golden Ticket)

          • TrojanFan

            If watching the chocolate factory keeps you off this site, please leave the repeat button on

          • rusoviet

            Terry ‘The Pirate’ Donahue – oooohhhh look out – time to play the back 9 at Pebble Beach – swish – Terry ‘The Pirate’ Donahue – your typical bel-airian govt. employee

          • TrojanFan

            Go troll the ruin blogs

          • WEB_Dupree

            Lev’s blog switched to Facebook posting so long ago, I’d forgotten who else posted there. I only posted 2 or 3 times over there myself. It was never as zany as this place (when Wolf’s blog was at its best). I wish they had never switched to Disqus; it hasn’t been the same since.

          • TrojanFan

            …..or like flies on shlt….ouch!

          • TrojanFan

            There are two things bucket is quite fond of, the wolfman and cock(tail) tasting, besides trolling this site 24/7

    • http://4chan.org/ m00t

      What does Mora know about the NFL?

    • MichiganTrojan

      To have such consistent venom for grown men is one thing, even if you never have to look them in the eye once. But to parade these dumb posts, day in and day out, about a kids 18-21 is just plain creepy. I’d say get a life, but clearly you have one…here on the thoughtful blog of the courageous, optimistic, affable Scott Wolf. But who am I to judge? Bucket may have been fed marbles and broken spark plugs as a kid, and he’s settling accounts here, on behalf of the kids he could never have or legally be permitted to be around.

      • Michael Link

        Amen!

      • Cheap seats

        Bucket is the reason why lead paint became outlawed.

    • TrojanFan

      LAME….same shlt day after day. There is something wrong with your brain.

      Plus, you’re long over due for an a$$ whipping

    • rusoviet

      Hey twerp that’s exactly what Terry ‘the Pirate’ Donahue was to all opponents he played – a genuine joke. BTW moron let’s see how long Mora hangs at ‘bel-air’ if he succeeds again next year – oh yeah almost forgot great pick by Guerrero on Alford – zero sum ring a bell?

    • rusoviet

      Terry the whitebread Pirate Donahue – go whitebread bel-airian

  • MichiganTrojan

    Every draft 1 or 2 QBs come out of seemingly nowhere, and scouts/analysts fall in love with them the week before the draft. Brandon Weedon was on nobody’s 1st round radar last year, nor should he have been. Now Nassib? A guy who QB’ed for 4 years at Syracuse, with one winning season (in the Big East!!) in a West Coast style offense. There has to be – HAS TO BE – one or three NFL teams paying Gruden to say things like this, and get other teams to think they might actually take a fairly mediocre QB with the 8th or 10th pick.

    But for what it’s worth, he’s right about Barkley. He’s not going to turn a team around from day one, but he would be a good fit in a pro-style offense that already has a few good pieces in place, particularly a solid offensive line. Same criticisms we’re hearing now, roughly applied to Aaron Rogers in 2005 (too small, pocket-passer, bad arm mechanics,etc). He ended up going to the right team because of it. Hope the same thing happens to Barkley.

    • TrojanFamily

      I do have to say though that the Aaron Rodgers comp is awfully optimistic. Barkley will start in the NFL because of the sad state of QB in the NFL. But he needs a good O Line because of hs lack of mobility. I also think he needs to go somewhere where he can earn from a top QB to make up for the lost years of development at USC with Kiffin. I’m hoping Denver drafts him as a backup and he can caddy for Peyton for a few years.

      • Cheap seats

        The ideal place for him to land WAS New England where Matt Cassel looked like an all-pro and made him land a big paycheck with KC.

        Too many are categorizing Barkley with Sanchez and Leinart. Neither of those guys took the offense on his back like Barkley did. Kiffin literally rode his arm (with very good WRs of course) and abandoned the run game in many stretches.

        Barkley should be as good as Carson Palmer (all pro for many years) if he gets in the right system and gets a fair shot.

        • TrojanFamily

          The Palmer analogy seems accurate and hopefully not prescient. Palmer was such a productive QB before poor O line work and battered QB syndrome have him happy feet (well happy am) in the pocket ad too many forced passes for INTs. Barkley could have this same career path–a lot of success but ultimately a flawed and non championship QB. I worry this is his upper end potential.

          • Cheap seats

            Anything can happen with the supporting cast around a QB. Look at Trent Dilfer. On the other hand look at what happened to David Carr. Poor kid ended up at the expansion Texans!

        • rusoviet

          Nah – all Sanchez did, in his first two seasons in the NFL, was what no qb in the history of the NY Jets had ever done – back-to-back AFC Championship games. Ldet me know when Carson Palmer matches that and don’t bore us with how poor the Bengals were talent wise – Barkley’s ‘golden boy’ act isn’t going to play well in the real world of the NFL.

          Barkley can’t scramble which is why such as him will never be a threat.

          • Cheap seats

            Have you WATCHED Sanchez or Palmer play? Sanchez rarely took an offense on his back like Carson did. When he did, he usually threw interceptions and took them out of the game. And yes — the Bengals never had a defense with a bunch of all-pros like NY did.

            Barkley’s inability to scramble will have nothing to do with him succeeding or failing. I guess you think Tom Brady and Payton Manning aren’t good QBs, either.

          • rusoviet

            Gee I don’t know about Brady or Manning but I know you do especially about Palmer….go cheer on Mattie -

  • Cheap seats

    I don’t put any stake in Gruden’s ability eye QB talent (or coach them) based on his NFL track record.

    His best project/find was Rich Gannon, who was a journeyman QB that ended up with Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. Since Gannon, all his QBs were less than ordinary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Doverz/1423558008 Ben Doverz

    Barks is slow, he makes bad decisions and has since Mater Dei. His arm is so-so, he will never be a top NFL QB.

    • TrojanFan

      Please keep the day job, idiot

      • rusoviet

        He’s (Ben Doverz) right – he had great college players surrounding him at USC far more than most programs nationally outside the SEC. In the NFL parity is endemic – speed is what matters and ‘Matt’ ain’t got that at all.

        • TrojanFan

          Speed will not dictate Barkley’s future in the NFL…..nice try though….hahaha!

  • rusoviet

    Barkley’s biggest deficit is his being given the starter’s job prior to the 2009 season w.o. any real competition by Pete Carroll. He took a magical comeback against OH St. @ Columbus and was able to ride it through this past November 2012. He has phenomenal records made ay USC but I fail to see him as a top 10 NFL qb based on his performance in 20010 and 2012. Barkley is ‘average’ truly ‘average’ at best.

    I also question Barkley’s character – his sideline demeanor at El Paso was telling – no interaction with Wittek and i know of no complimentary quotes for Wittek’s effort against Notre Dame.

    Barkley reminds me a lot of Frank Gifford – maybe even Gertrude Stein’s put down of Oakland “…there is no ‘there’ there…”

    • TrojanFan

      Frank Gifford, how fuking lame!

      Do you wear glasses when you watch football?

      • rusoviet

        Unlike you there are some insightful comments being posted to this discussion – try to look at your own repetitive comments instead of being the head spear carrier for ‘mattie’

        • TrojanFan

          Lame!…..are you a bucket disciple

          • rusoviet

            I love you…..I honestly love you…..now scurry back to West 28th for tonight’s kegger

          • TrojanFan

            Sorry, but I’ll have to miss your party, attending the UNLVino tonight. Ring up bucket, I’m sure he would love free beer!

          • rusoviet

            Stir it ‘bra – don’t shake it sistah’ – now pony up with to the ‘givin’ tree …. sake anyone? No? Oh….how ’bout some ‘mead’, is that ‘unique’ enough…huh?