Jon Gruden understands the progression of going from small school to the bright lights of the NFL.
For the Las Vegas Raiders head coach, it was starting as a backup quarterback at the University of Dayton before ultimately landing six years later as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. Six years after that, Gruden found himself as the head coach for the Raiders.
So when he looks at Josh Allen, the current Raiders head man can see how the Buffalo Bills quarterback’s evolution has taken place.
Just three years ago Allen’s stage was at the University of Wyoming. Now, after some bumps in the road, he has become one of the shining stars in the league’s 2020 season.
“The speed of the NFL game is so much different than college. I don't care if you come from the SEC, the ACC, the Big 12, or if you come from Wyoming," Gruden told reporters Wednesday. "And I think he's experienced now and he's caught up with it."
Finding praise for Allen these days isn’t difficult to do, which was evident once again when listening to Gruden, whose team is slated to take on Buffalo this Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Allen enters the game with the Raiders having thrown for 1,038 yards, the second-most in the NFL, while helping lead the Bills to a 3-0 record.
"He's in a rhythm right now. He's in a zone," Gruden said. "Unfortunately we're on their schedule, and we have to do everything we can to disrupt that rhythm."
The compliments come a day after the Raiders coach extended one of Allen’s loftiest compliments, comparing him to a Hall-of-Famer.
The Bills and Raiders will kick things off in Las Vegas on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.