The Raiders have an extra day of preparation for their season opener. The team plays Monday night against the Rams.
There’s a ton of familiarity between the two teams.
Raiders fans know Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib while head coach John Gruden has deep knowledge of the Los Angeles coaching staff.
32-year-old Sean McVay is the current coach of the Rams and reigning coach of the year.
Gruden not only gave McVay his first job in the league as a receivers coach in Tampa but he’s also worked with McVay’s grandfather, former 49ers executive.
Gruden spoke about the dynamics in a press conference Wednesday.
“John McVay helped my dad,” Gruden explains. “I try to help any McVay I can. They’ve helped us throughout the years, we’re a really close family and got Sean out of Miami of Ohio – kind of in a secretarial role – to get him in the building. Next thing I know, he’s out there helping Joey Galloway and our receivers play better. He’s a great, young coach and a really great friend. I can’t wait to play against him.”
Watch Gruden’s full press conference in the video above