Monte Loves Gus

Posted: January 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 34 Comments »

I’ve been doing Gus Bradley research. Monte Kiffin is his biggest supporter and I thought that was a good thing, but I’m afraid it’s not. Things got a little out of hand. Monte has referred to Gus as “special, special” in one interview. He called him a “once in a lifetime coach” in another. That’s great, but things get a bit creepy behind the scenes.  

Gus came to Tampa as the quality control coach for defense. Monte promoted him to LBs coach after one season. Monte asked Gus to celebrate the promotion. The lights were dimmed. Monte poured Gus a glass of red wine, and Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is “started playing. Gus started to say something and Monte hushed him, saying “No words, just us.”

A source in Tampa got a look at Kiffin’s diary. One troubling entry…”April 7, 2007. We had a draft meeting today. Gus touched my shoulder as he tried to get by me on the way to the bathroom. It was all I could do to not to melt right on the spot.”

Kiffin bought a tandem bike in 2007. He came home from work one evening to see his wife sitting on it. He immediately pushed her off it and scolded her to “never again come between him and Gus”. Kiffin could never summon the courage to ask Gus to ride with him. Kiffin would just sit in the garage for hours, beside the bike, dreaming of how incredible it would be to ride with Gus and talk about run fits for linebackers.

Things hit a low point in 2008. Lane Kiffin stormed into Tampa’s offices and confronted Gus. Lane angrily said “All I ever hear is Gus this and Gus that. I’m sick of you. Find your own dad. Leave mine alone. My dad used to talk football with me or talk about how hot my wife is, but now it is just Gus, Gus, Gus!”

Gus confronted Monte and told him it was over. They had to part ways. Monte headed off to Tennessee to coach with Lane. Monte made the phone calls that got Gus a job on the other side of the country, in Seattle.

From time to time, Monte still sits in the garage with the tandem bike and dreams of what might have been.

  • bored tommy?

    • TommyLawlor

      I was up til 3am reading Gus Bradley/Monte Kiffin articles. I’m going to write a serious column on Gus, but Monte’s gushing over him is kinda funny so I ran with that angle for a quick post.

  • Eric Dein

    Hahahaha, I love it. But Tommy, I think this coaching search is starting to affect your sanity. You should talk to someone. But in the meantime, keep doing what you are doing.

  • Steven Dileo


    that’s all I have to say

  • Ark87

    Tommy…. you troll you.

    ”April 7, 2007. We had a draft meeting today. Gus touched my shoulder as he tried to get by me on the way to the bathroom. It was all I could do to not to melt right on the spot.” in the words of Seinfeld: Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • tad


  • The_Reddgie

    First the italics. Now this ode to a DC’s man crush. I am sensing a trend.

    We need to get Tommy some PBR and Megan Fox sexy ladywear calendars STAT!

  • bdbd20

    Rumor has is that Kiffin has a tatoo of Bradley on his arm (wearing only a visor and polo shirt!)

    • TommyLawlor

      Has to be true.

    • A Roy

      What position?

  • Sunglasses?

  • over the top

    Not a fan of this one….pretty dumb….one liner joke would have been better

    • Ark87

      : (

    • TommyLawlor

      Fair enough.

    • Baloophi

      This is the sort of constructive criticism that not only helps make the world a better place, but was clearly worth the time it took craft, create a profile, and then post on a website where you’ve been enjoying content for free. Kudos.

  • ICDogg

    Italics = femininity

  • TheRogerPodacter

    Tommy, regarding italics on the site. using chrome (i think this is also true for any other browser), i right click and select “view source” to see the html code for this page. I see this, which looks a little suspicious…granted, i dont know too much about HTML…

    (note the “” tag at the beginning – this should put everything in italics)

    Payday Loan Payday Loanif(document.getElementById(‘hideMe’) != null){document.getElementById(‘hideMe’).style.visibility = ‘hidden’;document.getElementById(‘hideMe’).style.display = ‘none’;}

    • TheRogerPodacter

      edit: the html tags are making it show up kind of goofy. trying to edit it a little to make it readable.

      • ICDogg

        and just like that, the italics are gone, and there is another ad

        • TheRogerPodacter

          i kind of think the googleanalytics ad should be there, but i dont know if it was there before (i use adblock).

          now, there’s no italics… but the source still shows the unclosed tag…. i have no idea what changed lol.

          • mkivland

            I had to override that unclosed i tag because I couldn’t find it. The ad was spam that they decided to bury in the header code. Would have been there safe and sound had the idiots closed their own tag. Thanks again.

          • TheRogerPodacter

            cool! glad we could help out!

    • ICDogg

      no closing tag on the

    • mkivland


      Thanks for the help. I couldn’t see that source code due to me blocking ads. I had to manually set font-families as normal until Tommy forwarded me this comment. I have since closed that tag. I think it was a spam ad to begin with. Appreciate the help. – Michael

  • SteveH

    It has to be a good thing that Kiffin thinks so highly of him, but I still want Zimmer.

  • ICDogg

    He might be a fine choice but I wouldn’t base too much on the Washington game, considering that RGIII was playing on a torn ACL/PCL

  • Based on the novel ‘It takes Tampa 2 to Tango”

    Funny stuff. On a more serious note, as you’re digging more into Bradley is your opinion of him as our new head coach getting better, worse, or staying put? Thanks Tommy!

  • T_S_O_P

    Off topic of M & G: When Peter Carroll was hired by the Trojans it was as a result of them failing to get their top 3 choices. It worked out very well for them. I wonder if a team is going to luck into John Gruden in a similar way?

  • T_S_O_P

    Mike Pettine; would he be a good fit as a defensive co-ordinator?

    • TommyLawlor

      Definitely of interest.

  • Speaking of Tampa 2 the triumvirate is set to interview Lovie “I can’t do Offense” Smith

    • In the same sentence I fail to see how Lovie is an upgrade at head coach. Now at DC with an Offensive HC like McCoy it would make sense…

      Also sounds like Jay Gruden is on the fence about being a HC and with comments like he just made I say good riddance. The Phili media would eat his lunch.

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