Monday, Sept. 10 in Oakland, Calif., Jon Gruden returns to NFL regular-season head coaching as he begins his second stint as leader of the Oakland Raiders.
He will launch Gruden 2.0 under unusual circumstances but in a familiar setting: He’s coaching the host Raiders in Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Monday Night Football (10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN App) versus the Los Angeles Rams. This time, Gruden’s wearing his headset on the sidelines instead of in the booth where he served as the ESPN franchise’s analyst for nine seasons.
Moreover, he’s coaching against one of his proteges, Rams head coach Sean McVay. He served one season as an assistant when Gruden was at the helm of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Stanford head football coach David Shaw will be among millions of interested observers Monday night but one of the select few who came to know Gruden by coaching with him. Shaw was Gruden’s quality control coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (1997) and the Raiders (1998-2000) before becoming quarterbacks coach with the Silver and Black in 2001.
On a recent visit to ESPN, Shaw recalled Gruden’s photographic memory regarding football and trademark passion for the game.
Jon McLeod and Sheldon Spencer produced the video.