Jon Gruden Claims Landry Jones was “Bored” and “Complacent” at OklahomaPosted: April 13, 2013
Landry Jones may have been a top quarterback at one point, but those days have clearly passed.
Jon Gruden claims in an ESPN insider piece the main reason Jones has dropped from the top is that he wasn’t challenged enough in his past two seasons at Oklahoma–the Sooner’s playing style supposedly led to Jones looking like “a player who got bored” and a player that “got complacent” over his junior and senior campaigns.
That’s not to say Gruden 100 percent doesn’t like Jones. In fact, as seen in conversations with Jones, Gruden admires the quarterback for handling the Oklahoma up-beat offense well.
The biggest rap against Jones is that he plays inconsistently–something Mike Mayock agrees with Jon Gruden on. Mayock’s quote from an earlier article sums it up:
“I’ve seen him make all the throws, but like a lot of this year’s quarterbacks, there is no consistency with this kid.”
It’s shaping up that Jones will likely be a mid-round pick. There’s been little in the news about Jones since the combine (in which he displayed below-average athleticism, even for a quarterback), but the Sooner has drawn several workouts–including one from the Bills last month.
Buffalo’s involvement is interesting to say the least, as the K-Gun influences that are rumored to be in the works for the Bills offense would require a quarterback who’s familiar with an up-tempo, no-huddle play style–something that Jones is very familiar with. Even if new head coach Doug Marrone’s coaching staff decides to take an early-round quarterback (such as Geno Smith or Ryan Nassib), there is a legitimate chance they could do something similar to the Redskins last season (who liked Kirk Cousins enough to make him a fourth-round pick after selecting Robert Griffin III at second-overall).
Still, scouts and coaches will have to overlook Jones’ past two seasons (capped by a poor performance in January’s Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M) if they’re going to advise their team to take Jones as more than simply a late-round flier.
For more from Gruden’s QB Camp with Landry Jones, see the video below, in which Gruden focuses heavily on the fast-paced offensive attack of Oklahoma.