National Football League to look into whether Raiders violated 'Rooney Rule'

Raiders got their man in OL coach Tom Cable

Raiders got their man in OL coach Tom Cable

I'm writing on how the Raiders hiring Gruden is an excellent hire.

The Rooney Rule means teams have to interview at least one minority candidate before making a coaching hire, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Raiders satisfied the requirement by interviewing Tee Martin and Bobby Johnson.

The Fitz Pollard Alliance requested that the National Football League investigate the Raiders with the following statement.

Prior to Gruden's official hiring, the Fritz Pollard Alliance initially downplayed concerns that the Raiders were in compliance with the Rooney Rule. The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio a week later and the team officially hired Gruden on Saturday. Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

".That's the term that we were using in our discussions and everything, are you all-in?" Late owner Al Davis hired Art Shell in 2006, 11 years after firing him the first time.

That is the official timeline for the Raiders head coaching search.

The NFL has issued discipline for Rooney Rule violations in the past.

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The Raiders finished 8-8 and were 6-0 against the AFC West, a season which prompted Cable to say "We're not losers any more".

Back in 2003 the Lions were fined $200,000 for not interviewing a minority candidate for their head coaching position.

Gruden was signed to a 10-year contract worth as much as $100 million to replace Jack Del Rio, who was sacked on the same day as the Raiders' season finale.

The Bucs were bounced from the playoffs, and Gruden was sacked by Tampa Bay.

Gruden succeeded Del Rio, who was sacked following a season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 campaign for the Raiders.

His tenure ended shortly after the "Tuck Rule" loss to the New England Patriots when he was traded the following month to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and $8 million. Overall, he is 95-81 in 11 regular seasons and 100-85 including the postseason.

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