It would be an embarrassing moment for the Raiders if they did indeed violate the Rooney Rule.
The meeting between Davis and Gruden happened exactly one week before Davis fired Jack Del Rio as head coach following Oakland's 30-10 loss to the Chargers.
The Oakland Raiders found their next head coach in Jon Gruden, but the National Football League is reportedly investigating how they reached their decision. Everyone did. To say otherwise would be disingenuous. The NFL complied with the FPA and will upon up an investigation, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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Gannon played three seasons for Gruden during the coach's first stint with the Raiders. 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. Johnson or Martin wasn't going to beat out Gruden. In the offseason, Bell got the franchise tag after turning down a long-term contract that reports said was worth up to $30 million in the first two years because he believed the team didnt value his full skill set.
The NFL fined then-Lions general manager Matt Millen $200,000 in 2003 after violating the rule in hiring Steve Mariucci as head coach.
The Raiders were stuck, to a degree. 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. But the NFL saw the criticism, and now it will probably blame the Raiders after the league signed off on all of it.
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis was relentless in his pursuit of Jon Gruden - perhaps too relentless.