During that tenure, Gruden was the first coach to take the team to a 12-4 season winning their first division title since 1990.
From Gruden, McVay - who later worked under Gruden's brother, Jay, with the Washington Redskins - learned how to lead and learned how to understand the game from a 22-man perspective. So when the Raiders said that they complied with the Rooney Rule by interviewing Tee Martin and Bobby Johnson, they were really just covering their posteriors.
"I hope these players are ready, because they're going to get Chucky", he said. Mark came to me a couple of weeks ago and asked me if I had any intentions of coaching.
The Oakland Raiders recaptured their past and present in one move Tuesday afternoon.
Davis said he spoke with Gruden on Christmas Eve in Philadelphia, the night before the Raiders played at the Eagles.
One of the news conference's themes was "Unfinished Business". "I waited too long, don't you do it". Honestly, I'm not aware of any protests, I'm not really aware of that subject at all. He's healthy now. He's I think been in a lot of different systems - he's played for a number of different [coaches] or has not [had] a lot of continuity around him that way.
The challenge will be far greater than the coaches who precede him.
The massive screen at the front of the room flashed TV clips of news outlets reporting Gruden's potential interest in the Raiders last week, accompanied by a dramatic narration.
"The intriguing thing would to comeback and try to win a championship with Oakland", Woodson said.
McVay addressed the possibility Olson could move on during his Sunday press conference, saying, "I have so much respect for coach Olson. We lost going to the Super Bowl in 2002 and weren't able to execute and bring the Lombardi Trophy home, but who knows". Gruden wasn't ready. He tried again in 2015, but Gruden wasn't ready. In fact, it was Tuesday morning and something came to mind to Gruden. I'm going to be highly involved here just like I am with the San Francisco 49ers.
That experience is a walk in the park compared to what life will be like on a daily basis with Gruden. The guy actually on the field playing football?
That drew big laughs from the crowd, which included dozens of former Raiders stars such as Tim Brown, Howie Long and Charles Woodson.
Gruden and McKenzie were part of the same Packers organization early in their careers, as Gruden's last season as receivers coach (1994) overlapped with McKenzie's first as a scout. He was sacked by the Buccaneers following the 2008 season and has served as a color commentator for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" ever since.
How can you watch that video and not be super excited for his return? The Raiders mystique that all these years later apparently still has a hold on Jon Gruden. "I think he's proven that and it's up to us as a coaching staff to improve around him".
Ben Roethlisberger could retire in a matter of just a few short weeks, and if reports of turmoil at 1 Patriot Place are true, we could finally be at the end of the dynasty in New England. Here are 5 topics that stood out with us as Gruden takes over a 6-10 club in his first coaching gig since 2008.