National Football League to investigate if Raiders violated Rooney Rule

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis left may have ignored the Rooney Rule in hiring head coach Jon Gruden. More

Jon Gruden offered Rich Gannon the chance to coach quarterbacks with the Oakland Raiders, but the former player declined. The Raiders interviews with tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin came well after that Christmas Eve meeting. The NFL made a decision, saw criticism of the Raiders over what happened, and now is trying to walk it back.

While Davis and the Raiders did interview Thompson and Martin, the thought is that the organization may have done that after giving it to Gruden.

The Raiders were in a no-win spot.

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"We're going to ask a lot more from Derek Carr at the line of scrimmage", Gruden said". There was no way for the Raiders to go about hiring Gruden and also satisfy the Rooney Rule to the spirit for which it was intended. On the other, Gruden could probably use a more established candidate that it willing to grind in a way that Gannon seemingly was not and this could be the right move for all parties. Almost a week later, it was announced that he would be getting a 10-year contract worth $100 million.

If the FPA is this adamant about the Raiders potentially violating the Rooney Rule, then it is the due diligence of the National Football League to investigate the matter. Then-Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen was fined $200,000 for circumventing the rule when he hired Steve Mariucci as the team's head coach in 2003. There are situations in which the Rooney Rule will look like a joke. Gannon said he realized on the flight to Oakland for the coach's introductory news conference Tuesday that he couldn't make the time commitment needed to be on Gruden's staff.

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis was relentless in his pursuit of Jon Gruden - perhaps too relentless.

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