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.

34 Comments on “Monte Loves Gus”

  1. 1 Kristopher Cebula said at 11:24 AM on January 8th, 2013:

    bored tommy?

  2. 2 TommyLawlor said at 11:30 AM on January 8th, 2013:

    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.

  3. 3 Brett Smith said at 1:32 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    Seriously? I thought you were hacked…

  4. 4 Eric Dein said at 11:26 AM on January 8th, 2013:

    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.

  5. 5 Steven Dileo said at 11:27 AM on January 8th, 2013:


    that’s all I have to say

  6. 6 Ark87 said at 11:28 AM on January 8th, 2013:

    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.

  7. 7 tad said at 11:43 AM on January 8th, 2013:


  8. 8 The_Reddgie said at 11:44 AM on January 8th, 2013:

    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!

  9. 9 bdbd20 said at 11:45 AM on January 8th, 2013:

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

  10. 10 TommyLawlor said at 11:49 AM on January 8th, 2013:

    Has to be true.

  11. 11 A Roy said at 12:22 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    What position?

  12. 12 Matthew Verhoog said at 11:52 AM on January 8th, 2013:


  13. 13 over the top said at 12:55 PM on January 8th, 2013:

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

  14. 14 Ark87 said at 12:59 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    : (

  15. 15 TommyLawlor said at 1:34 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    Fair enough.

  16. 16 Baloophi said at 5:59 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    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.

  17. 17 ICDogg said at 1:09 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    Italics = femininity

  18. 18 TheRogerPodacter said at 1:12 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    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’;}

  19. 19 TheRogerPodacter said at 1:14 PM on January 8th, 2013:

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

  20. 20 ICDogg said at 1:16 PM on January 8th, 2013:

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

  21. 21 TheRogerPodacter said at 1:33 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    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.

  22. 22 mkivland said at 4:18 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    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.

  23. 23 TheRogerPodacter said at 5:34 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    cool! glad we could help out!

  24. 24 ICDogg said at 1:14 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    no closing tag on the

  25. 25 mkivland said at 4:08 PM on January 8th, 2013:


    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

  26. 26 SteveH said at 1:15 PM on January 8th, 2013:

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

  27. 27 ICDogg said at 1:17 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    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

  28. 28 Anthony Hart said at 2:13 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    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!

  29. 29 T_S_O_P said at 2:20 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    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?

  30. 30 T_S_O_P said at 2:28 PM on January 8th, 2013:

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

  31. 31 TommyLawlor said at 3:07 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    Definitely of interest.

  32. 32 Brett Smith said at 4:44 PM on January 8th, 2013:

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

  33. 33 Brett Smith said at 4:51 PM on January 8th, 2013:

    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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