The NFL Network made a move today to beef up it’s coverage of the NFL Combine this year, and that move was to hire blacklisted, ex-Bucs Coach John Gruden. Via….

Recently-fired Tampa Bay Bucs coach Jon Gruden has a temporary job, and it could turn into a full-time job. Gruden will serve as analyst on the NFL Network’s coverage of the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this week.

Gruden will join the network’s Total Access show each night at 7 p.m. from Thursday through Monday, and also offer analysis specifically about quarterbacks and wide receivers throughout the weekend.

“We just think he’s going to have an interesting perspective because he is so passionate about the combine, the draft and building a football team,” NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger said. “He doesn’t seem like a guy who is going to hold back and he will be able to fully evaluate the process.”

This falls into the Matt Millen hiring category, but certainly not to the same degree. With as many enemies as Gruden has apparently made, his credibility is a little shaky at the moment, but not nearly at Millen’s level. I can’t wait until the NFL-N decides to put him on the same set with Warren Sapp. That should be fun.

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