The Rooney Rule requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate as part of an open process.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance called Wednesday for the league to investigate, saying Davis may have come to an agreement with Gruden before the team interviewed any minority candidates, as required by the NFL since 2003. Everyone did. To say otherwise would be disingenuous.
The Raiders were in a no-win spot. Before firing Del Rio, they wanted to get a read on if Gruden would leave a cushy job in the booth to coach the Raiders. He led them to the Super Bowl after the 2002 season, when they lost 48-21 to Tampa Bay, then coached by Gruden. Johnson or Martin wasn't going to beat out Gruden.
Gannon could not fully commit to Gruden, but the Raiders did immediately. On the other, Gruden could probably use a more established candidate that it willing to grind in a way that Gannon seemingly was not and this could be the right move for all parties. 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.
"As soon as we learned of the reports, we formally requested that the National Football League thoroughly investigate the matter to conclusively determine whether the Rooney Rule was violated - and if it was violated, to impose an appropriate punishment", the Fritz Pollard Alliance statement read, in part. There are situations in which the Rooney Rule will look like a joke.
The Raiders may have jumped for Jon Gruden too early.
Davis said Tuesday after introducing Gruden as the team's new coach that he believed Gruden was "all-in" to take the job during a meeting on Christmas Eve.