"For someone to say for six years, 'When you are done broadcasting, we would love for you to compete here for a job as the head coach of the Raiders, ' that is not a violation of the Rooney Rule", Mehri told ESPN on Wednesday night.
They weren't going from "giving Jon Gruden $100 million" to "hiring a college offensive coordinator who wasn't qualified to land the college coaching job at his alma mater amidst the most public and embarrassing search in the last half decade". The team has brought in Jon Gruden as Jack Del Rio's successor and the one-time Super Bowl champion has some plans for quarterback Derek Carr.
The NFL confirmed on Thursday it was examining the circumstances surrounding Gruden's appointment, ESPN reported.
Mark Davis made it clear he'd been trying to convince Gruden for years and, even though the Raiders said they interviewed minority candidates, the National Football League is now investigating the Raiders for a violation of the Rooney Rule.
The Raiders haven't commented on the request from the Fritz Pollard Alliance.
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While the Raiders have been criticized for turning the Rooney Rule into a farce, you have to wonder about the NFL's motivation here too.
While Gruden and none of his three coordinator hires are minorities, Oakland did retain Thompson as tight ends coach from the previous coaching regime.
However, during Gruden's introductory news conference Tuesday, Raiders owner Mark Davis said he met with Gruden in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, and felt "pretty confident that he was all-in" after their meeting.
"I would trust the judgment and integrity of Mark Davis and Reggie McKenzie to the point that they have already spoken to minority candidates who could be available veteran coaches, just like Jon Gruden is a veteran ex-coach", Wooten said. In requiring that teams interview non-white coaches, the rule not only has a direct result on the coaching ranks but also gives minority coaches a boost in profile and puts them on the teams' radars for future hires.
Mark's late-father Al Davis made Tom Flores the first Latino head coach ever.