Show by show, ESPN is finding replacements for all the roles Jon Gruden played with the network over the past nine years. The popular NFL analyst returned to coaching last month, re-joining the Oakland Raiders where his career began 20 years ago.
One of those many programs Gruden hosted was his popular QB camp series in which he would mentor several top draft eligible quarterbacks. Wednesday ESPN announced Gruden’s QB camp show will be replaced by a new iteration called QB2QB which will be hosted by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
So far, ESPN has four 30-minute episodes scheduled for April 17 with quarterbacks Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) and J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), and running back Saquon Barkley(Penn State) on an episode that will be called QB2RB (which is strange, but ok).
“Jon Gruden’s QB Camp was one of my favorite experiences of the NFL Draft process because it helped prepare me for some of the physical and mental demands of playing in the NFL,” Wilson said in a statement. “Now, I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet Baker, Saquon, Mason and J.T. to try to help them get ready for the next level as part of ESPN’s QB2QB. At the same time, I look forward to feeding off their energy and excitement as I prepare myself for the new experiences that await me this season.”
This is the second draft related program for which ESPN has found their Gruden replacement.
Recently it was announced that Kirk Herbstreit would replace Gruden at the desk for ESPN’s draft coverage.
They still have some time, but the big announcement most are waiting to hear is who will replace Gruden in the Monday Night Football booth. There are even odds on who will get the job.