The NFL has launched an investigation into the Oakland Raiders' head coach hiring process and whether they violated the Rooney Rule, a league official told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The "Rooney Rule", implemented in 2003, requires at least one minority candidate be interviewed during a search to hire a head coach, general manager or other top-end positions.
0 - The number of losing seasons the Raiders had with Gruden as head coach. Carr regressed significantly under center this past season but the Raiders are hopeful that the addition of Gruden - and removal of Jack Del Rio - will help the quarterback return to a high level of play.
The NFL confirmed on Thursday it was examining the circumstances surrounding Gruden's appointment, ESPN reported.
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If the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation really wants to find out whether or not Raiders' owner Mark Davis has racial bias, they should just look at the franchise's hiring history.
The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Davis said Tuesday after the introductory news conference that he believed Gruden was "all in" to take the job during a meeting December 24.
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The Fritz Pollard Alliance is dedicated to promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front-office and scouting staffs of National Football League teams. "And this time he didn't waver, either", Davis said.
While Gruden and none of his three coordinator hires are minorities, Oakland did retain Thompson as tight ends coach from the previous coaching regime.
The Rooney Rule, created at the behest of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, is meant to break up the old boy's network that keeps recycling coaches, oftentimes leaving minority coaching candidates by the wayside.
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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. "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".