Jay Gruden on matching up with Sean McVay: “None of that matters”

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Rams head coach Sean McVay spent the last three years as Jay Gruden’s offensive coordinator in Washington. But as the teams prepare to face each other, their familiarity doesn’t matter, according to Gruden.

None of that matters,” Gruden said. “You don’t know what they’re going to run anytime. I know he’s a good football coach. He’ll have his team ready. That’s all I know. We have to treat this like another game.”

Gruden said what does matter is the players’ execution, and especially whether his defense can pressure Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

“You’ve got to get after the quarterback. It’s the only option,” Gruden said.

McVay is likely saying the same to the Rams about pressuring Kirk Cousins, as both coaches put the emphasis on the players on the field.

11 responses to “Jay Gruden on matching up with Sean McVay: “None of that matters”

  1. “They won’t use a single look, call or play from the last few years and if by some miracle that isn’t the case, I’ll be a gentleman and call the wrong response…” Yeah right. But it works both ways and it’s a pretty incestuous league so this happens all the time.

  2. I think Washington wins this game. Their secondary and overall defense is light years better than the injury-plagued Colts defense that trotted out there last week. They are going to confuse the Goff something fierce.

  3. Remember Norv Turner facing the Cowboys? Same deal here. Rams will win soundly because their defense will know exactly what the Redskins offense is doing.

  4. @blackqbwhiterb
    The Washington OC is different than last year. Your logic is backwards. The Redskins should know exactly what the Rams offense is doing since they practiced against that OC for 3 years.

  5. Logically, you would have to think the Rams have the advantage with McVay as HC. Sure Washington have a different offense but he knows their players better than anyone on their coaching staff. I’m sure hoping he is spending lots of time with Wade Phillips and let him know what to look for. As a long suffering Rams fan this game is one we should win which is exactly why I’m fearful we won’t.

  6. Hopefully this is the week Kirk Cousins decides to earn his paycheck. Despite his bad play last week, we were down 19-17 with 2:02 on the game clock, with the ball in our hands. We should have won last week we should win this week.

  7. GettingNoRespect says:

    September 14, 2017 at 10:36 am

    @blackqbwhiterb
    The Washington OC is different than last year. Your logic is backwards. The Redskins should know exactly what the Rams offense is doing since they practiced against that OC for 3 years.

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    No actually he is right, you would be the one that has his logic backward. While the Redskins have an new offensive coordinator, but that would be Matt Cavanaugh who was the Redskins QB coach last year. So the Redskins system would stay the same

  8. @TaeCH326
    Similar, but not the same. You think McVay left his playbook for them to use? No, he took it with them, and now the Rams are using it. While Cavanaugh may base what he does off of what McVay did, he is going to implement it a little differently, with his own little twists. McVay will also be a little different since his personnel will be different.

    Honestly, I don’t think this gives any team any sort of great advantage over the other. I don’t think the logic goes only one way.

  9. GettingNoRespect says:

    September 14, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    @TaeCH326
    Similar, but not the same. You think McVay left his playbook for them to use? No, he took it with them, and now the Rams are using it. While Cavanaugh may base what he does off of what McVay did, he is going to implement it a little differently, with his own little twists. McVay will also be a little different since his personnel will be different.

    Honestly, I don’t think this gives any team any sort of great advantage over the other. I don’t think the logic goes only one way.

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    Dude the head coach implement the system so it is a Jay Gruden run system that he allowed McVay to be the playcaller of while McVay was there in Washington. This is not like a situation where a defensive coordinator turn head coach will use the offensive coordinator system. Jay Gruden is an offensive coordinator turn head coach so when he was hired he brought his system over, he still run his same system which is why he choose to promote from within because he didn’t want any change in the system.

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