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Rams' McVay is praised, but his biggest test may come in locker room

LOS ANGELES_The young head coach's first NFL game did not go well, but the immediate aftermath might have been worse.

Jon Gruden was 35 in 1988 when the Oakland Raiders were routed at Kansas City in their season opener. On the plane ride home he sat next to owner Al Davis.

"I didn't think we were going to make a first down the whole year," Gruden said. "So I thought about quitting when I got off the plane."

Gruden kept his job, guiding the Raiders to consecutive 8-8 finishes before a breakthrough 12-4 record in

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