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National Football League looking into whether Raiders violated Rooney Rule

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis left may have ignored the Rooney Rule in hiring head coach Jon Gruden. More Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis left may have ignored the Rooney Rule in hiring head coach Jon Gruden. More
Rita Gibson | 12 January, 2018, 03:16

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will take on more responsibilities at the line of scrimmage, new head coach Jon Gruden said.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie interviewed two minority candidates - Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin - before the team officially announced Gruden's hiring Saturday.

The NFL has yet to address the FPA's statement, but Raiders could be in hot water here. Former Raiders signal caller Rich Gannon was considered an option as quarterbacks coach.

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It would be an embarrassing moment for the Raiders if they did indeed violate the Rooney Rule. On one hand, it would have been interesting to see how the pairing operated together, especially considering the success they enjoyed when Gannon played under Gruden.

The question put in play by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, and in turn the National Football League, is the reality of those interviews, given Davis' admittance that Gruden had been the Raiders' target for six years, and the two sides had reached an agreement as early as Christmas. 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.

The NFL will "look into" the Raiders for a potential violation of the Rooney Rule, a league spokesman said via email on Thursday. Gruden received a massive financial commitment from the Raiders, receiving a 10-year, $100 million deal. This is one of those situations. In Gruden's Raiders welcome, owner Mark Davis admitted he had wanted to make this splash for six years and began to believe it would happen after a meeting on Christmas Eve with the then-ESPN analyst, who coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001.

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