Former Buc Rice shreds Gruden

January, 27, 2009
1/27/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- The folks at Sirius NFL Radio just passed along a transcript of an interview with former Tampa Bay defensive end Simeon Rice from earlier Tuesday.

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To make a long story short, Rice didn't hold anything back when talking about recently fired Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden.

"You get what you deserve," Rice said. "That's what Jon said. He got it now. Everybody gets what they deserve."

Rice then was asked if he was surprised general manager Bruce Allen also got fired. He didn't really answer that question and went straight back to bashing Gruden.

"Bruce, I don't know about that situation," Rice said. "But I'm talking about Jon. You look at what he did when Chris [Simms] damn near died on the field, he wanted to release him right when he got injured. I get hurt, my shoulder's torn off the bone. This dude releases me. You know what I mean? I'm your guy. The list goes on.

"Keenan McCardell, that situation was a debacle. Keyshawn Johnson, another situation [that] was a debacle. Joey Galloway, which was his man, was in the doghouse all year because he got injured, broke his ankle or whatever. Brad Johnson, that situation was bad. Brings Jeff Garcia in here, oh, he's going to change things. I helped recruit him [and he] released me, kept Jeff and then put him in the doghouse. Gets rid of Brian Greise, brings him, starts a controversy. It was chaotic. I'm giving you facts."

All that was pretty much a warmup before Rice started calling Gruden some nasty names.

"I'm just giving you facts," Rice said. "I'm not giving you how I feel personally. How I feel personally? I could tell you that, too. I think he's a scumbag. I think he's a scumbag personally. That's when he's telling you one thing and ... You know what he told me? 'Simeon you'll be here in the next five years.' I got injured [and] this man's never said one word to me. I won a Super Bowl for you. I got 13 sacks, 12, 15 every year for you. I balled. I got injured [and] you let me go like it was nothing."

Rice then went on to praise just about every other coach he worked with in Tampa Bay, starting with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who just left for the University of Tennessee.

"Monte was the truth, man," Rice said. "Monte's a great, classy coach. Rod Marinelli, he's my favorite guy of all time. Mike Tomlin, great coach. Now they've got Raheem [Morris] who is a great person. I already called Raheem [and said], 'Listen, I'm ready to come back and let's do this.' You've got a lot of interns at my spot right now. They had some interns a couple of years. Now they need to come back and upgrade that spot, get the real deal, put him in the game and let him go! That's how I feel!"

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