NFL investigating whether Raiders violated Rooney Rule

13 January, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Regina Lloyd
  • Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis left may have ignored the Rooney Rule in hiring head coach Jon Gruden. More

The NFL said Thursday it will investigate whether the Raiders violated the so-called Rooney Rule when they hired Jon Gruden as coach.

The Oakland Raiders may have found their next head coach, but the way they did it has been brought into question, and the National Football League is reportedly investigating how they reached their decision. Davis also said he wouldn't have fired Del Rio if he didn't believe Gruden would sign on as coach. "But if there is a closed process and those minority candidates were going through the motions and had no idea there was already an agreement, that is not fair to them and it is not fair to the next guy coming up through the ranks".

Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten sang a different tune last week when talking to ESPN.

The Raiders may have jumped for Jon Gruden too early.




The NFL has sanctioned teams for Rooney Rule violations in the past, issuing a $200,000 fine against Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen in 2003 following the appointment of head coach Steve Mariucci. Shell returned for a second stint with the team in 2006.

At the press conference announcing his hiring, Gruden said he had filled all three coordinator positions with Greg Olson (offense), Paul Guenther (defense) and Rich Bisaccia (special teams). Still, there were reports that former quarterback and league MVP Rich Gannon, who is now in the broadcast business, would be a pick to join Gruden's staff in Oakland as the team's quarterback coach.

The Raiders will host the Seahawks in the first NFL game at the new London stadium of English Premier League club Tottenham. After the controversial Tuck Rule game, the coach was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The new hire comes after the end of a disappointing 2017 season for the Raiders, who finished third in the division and failed to make the playoffs, after having high expectations from the previous year.

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