This week we chat with Ted Nguyen from TheAthletic.com and USA Football regarding his thoughts around Gruden, Gruden's assistants thus far, and the schemes that will result. There is a lot of conversation around the offensive side of the ball since Gruden will most likely be calling the plays come September. However, there will be many changes to the defensive side as well and this is something to get excited about.
Ted outlines what is called a "Pattern Matching" defensive coverage which is a combination of Zone and Man Coverage. He explains your defensive players in coverage are playing zone but will run with the receivers who enter their zone matching their patterns. Gruden is bringing in Paul Guenther (former D.C. of the Bengals) and Derrick Ansley (former DB Coach for Alabama) to most likely run a 4-3 Quarters coverage utilizing a Pattern Matching style of coverage.
Also this week we discuss the Gruden press conference and the sight that it was. Some who were there equated it to super bowl level excitement during the event. Over 50 former Raider players were there to celebrate the event and welcome home Jon Gruden. Needless to say Mark Davis was more than excited to bring home the "White Whale" whom few believed could be lured back into coaching. Credit to Mark Davis for not giving up on his desire to have Gruden coach his father's team into the future.