National Football League will investigate Raiders on Rooney Rule

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden right smiles as he listens to a question from former Raiders player Charles Woodson as he sits next to owner Mark Davis during an NFL football press conference Tuesday Jan. 9 2018 in Alameda Calif. (AP Phot

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The Fritz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group promoting diversity in NFL coaching and executive ranks, has called on the league to investigate Davis and the Raiders for possibly violating the "Rooney Rule" in hiring Gruden as their head coach.

Fritz Pollard Alliance counsel Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru issued a statement Wednesday expressing concern that Raiders owner Mark Davis came to an agreement with Gruden before the team interviewed any minority candidates.

On December 31, Gruden was expected to replace Jack Del Rio as the head coach. The NFL made a decision, saw criticism of the Raiders over what happened, and now is trying to walk it back.

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.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said during Gruden's introductory press conference that the team satisfied the Rooney Rule by interviewing Raiders tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin. He led them to the Super Bowl after the 2002 season, when they lost 48-21 to Tampa Bay, then coached by Gruden.

Gruden did note that he has to finish hiring a coaching staff before a plan can be fully implemented.

"We're going to ask a lot more from Derek Carr at the line of scrimmage", Gruden said".

The Raiders hired Gruden and signed him to a 10-year contract this week. And you also can't play games with the aspirations of two brothers simply because you want to give the APPEARANCE of compliance on the Rooney rule.

If the FPA is this adamant about the Raiders potentially violating the Rooney Rule, then it is the due diligence of the National Football League to investigate the matter.

The Raiders were stuck, to a degree.

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