The Bucs obviously had been very well coached on the Raiders’ plays and calls. The Raiders even admitted they hadn’t changed much since last year when Gruden was coach – Gruden knew personel, he knew plays, and he knew how to read the players.
That was a big-time advantage for the Bucs, and it showed. I mean, I know the Bucs are good and fast, but they're not that much faster than all the other teams, and they play zone, which the Raiders had done well against all year. Watching those Tampa DBs swoop in on the ball after reading Gannon left no doubt for me that Gruden had coached them very well.
It showed on defense too -- how many times did the Bucs audible away from a Raider blitz with an outside run to the other side? Gruden was definitely worth the $8M -- for that game alone. A championship is worth a lot more than that.