It's been a long time since Jon Gruden has had to design an NFL gameplan.
Since leaving the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2008, Gruden spent the last nine years sitting in production meetings with NFL coaches as part of his weekly duties with ESPN.
So, will he implement any of the ideas or schemes he's been studying up on the last nine years?
That's what current Rams head coach and former Gruden assistant Sean McVay wants to know.
"Great coach, great motivator, great leader, great teacher in terms of just understanding the big picture. It'll be interesting to see, will he run the same offense that he was running when I got a chance to work with him in Tampa, or will he now implement some of the different things that he's had a chance to continue to be exposed to over the last handful of years? Either way, hate the fact that we'll have to go against him next year. It'll be fun," McVay said Sunday according to ESPN.
McVay, 31-year-old rookie head coach, was an offensive assistant during Gruden's final year in Tampa Bay in 2008. From 2014 through 2016, McVay served as the offensive coordinator for Jay Gruden in Washington.
Gruden and McVay will indeed face each other during the upcoming 2018 season as the Raiders will host the Rams during an undisclosed week.
Current Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson appears poised to switch sides in the battle as he's expected to join Gruden's staff as the offensive coordinator, a role he held in Oakland in 2013 and 2014.
While the Raiders announced the hiring of Gruden on Saturday evening, they have yet to make public his coaching staff. McVay wouldn't commit to Olson taking the job with the Raiders.
"If that opportunity does present itself, the respect we have for coach Olson, that’s something that we’ll allow him to pursue. We’ll see what happens from there," McVay said via ESPN.
McVay heaped praise on the 54-year-old Olson.
"I have so much respect for coach Olson. He’s been a great coach to us. He’s done a great job with us. He’s a guy that I’ve always had a lot of respect for," McVay said.