Jon Gruden: 'If you worry about that, you'll become a freaking basketcase'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday April 18, 2017

When a coach is fighting for his job, that affects the players, too.

Former Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya joined Jon Gruden on Gruden’s QB Camp, and part of the episode was about Kaaya playing for multiple coaches. Al Golden was under pressure at Miami for quite some time and eventually dismissed in October 2015 after a 58-0 loss to Clemson.

A coach’s job status gets a lot of attention in the media. But Kaaya explained the player’s view of it.

It’s tough. Each week, you’re thinking, ‘If I don’t play well, if I don’t throw for this many yards, if we don’t win, my coach might not be here the next week,’” Kayya “It’s tough on me, because you spend time around these coaches, meet the family, meet the kids, Coach Golden recruited me. You grow close to them.”

Kaaya was knocked out of that Clemson game and didn’t see Golden again, because he was dismissed the next day.

“That was the last time I saw him was in that Clemson game,” Kaaya said. “That was the last time I got to see him, because he was right to New Jersey after that. Right back home.”

So what did Gruden think? As a player, Kaaya had better get used to it. Coaches change all the time.

“Make this note. Worry about what you can control,” Gruden said. “Don’t worry about the things you can’t control, because if you do start worrying about things out of your control, you’re going to become a freaking basketcase, like me.”

But Kaaya was also highly complimentary of what Larry Scott did as interim coach and what Mark Richt did in his first season last year. Here is the full episode:

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to