"I told Coach Gruden that he's about to walk into a room full of hungry dogs", Penn said. "I'll be interested 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 kind of continue to get exposure to over the last handful of years?"
In 2002 Davis famously traded Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for multiple draft picks. No doubt, Jon Gruden, the presumed incoming head coach, is going to have a large say in who stays and who goes.
Gruden was known for his offensive prowess during his coaching days, and he'll have one of McVay's top guys in his pocket next season, as well.
No. 4 was also the Raiders' nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award for the second consecutive season, presented each year to an National Football League player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship.
Sean McDonough, Gruden's "Monday Night Football" play-by-play announcer, told Sports illustrated he was not surprised the 54-year-old made a decision to leave the booth and return to the sideline. This will be his second stint with the Raiders after preciously serving as head coach between 1998 to 2001 and led the team to its last Super Bowl appearance along with a 38-26 team record during his first stint with the Buccaneers.
"With Jon, it's the whole black hole thing", McDonough said. "'It will be fun, but he's a great coach and you see why Oakland is so excited about being able to get him back to the Raiders".
The will sign Jon Gruden to one of the longest coaching deals in National Football League history - a 10-year contract likely approaching $100 million - when it is made official Tuesday, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday.