Gruden and McKay not on same page
Updated: June 12, 2003, 9:48 AM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The fact that Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden and general manager Rich McKay don't see eye-to-eye on personnel matters is a matter of public record, thanks in large part to Gruden, who made critical comments regarding McKay to coaches and front-office personnel at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. Gruden complained that McKay is too wrapped up in his duties with the NFL's competition committee, blamed him for the team's recent contract dispute with quarterback Brad Johnson, and the struggle to sign left tackle Roman Oben, and finally whined about the team's salary cap situation, which falls under McKay's list of responsibilities. One mail point of contention between the duo dealt with the possible signing of Emmitt Smith. Gruden wanted to sign the 33-year-old Smith, but McKay was convinced the former Cowboys star would create too much of a distraction, despite the minimum salary he would have been offered.