"But if in December, Gruden and Davis reach an agreement - not necessarily a written, contractual agreement, but a verbal agreement - that Gruden was going to coach for the Raiders, and then after that they do these interviews with minority coaches, that would be a violation of the Rooney Rule".
Gannon played three seasons for Gruden during the coach's first stint with the Raiders.
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.
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. Gannon played for the Raiders from 1999-2004. 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. Gruden received a massive financial commitment from the Raiders, receiving a 10-year, $100 million deal.
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That has led to a longer discussion about the Rooney Rule.
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was tasked with handing out such judgement in the rule's most recent breaching, fining Detroit Lions' president Matt Millen $200,000 in 2003, according to Maske. This is one of those situations.
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.