National Football League to see if Raiders violated Rooney Rule

Jon Gruden Rich Gannon

Davis fired head coach Jack Del Rio on December 31, a week after agreeing to a deal with Gruden, and only interviewed Johnson and Martin after Del Rio was gone for a coaching job that, in essence, never really was vacant.

The Rooney Rule means teams have to interview at least one minority candidate before making a coaching hire and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport stated the Raiders complied with that rule.

There is also debate whether Martin, an offensive coordinator at USC, or Bobby Johnson, the team's tight end coach, were ever serious candidates for the job.

"Let's get to the facts", Mehri told ESPN.

It would be an embarrassing moment for the Raiders if they did indeed violate the Rooney Rule. The facts matter. Fairness matters.

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Davis said he had been pursuing Gruden since taking ownership of the team from his late father, Hall of Famer Al Davis, six years ago.

The NFL will "look into" the Raiders for a potential violation of the Rooney Rule, a league spokesman said via email on Thursday.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he is "going to ask a lot more from Derek Carr at the line of scrimmage".

"I've known Jon Gruden for a long time and I thought about it", said Gannon, who met with Gruden on Wednesday in the Bay Area.

London games: The NFL will play games in London for three straight weeks for the first time next season, starting with the Raiders and Seahawks at the stadium being built for English Premier League soccer team Tottenham. "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".

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