Did the Raiders violate the Rooney Rule?

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

The problems arise from the timing of owner Mark Davis' discussions with new head coach Jon Gruden. The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio a week later and the team officially hired Gruden on Saturday.

Obviously, only time will tell whether Gruden still has what it takes to be a successful coach in this league and if Carr buys in, but there's definitely a reason for optimism in Oakland as a new era gets underway for the silver and black. He lasted with the Falcons for just one season, as Atlanta head coach Jim Mora Jr. was sacked at the conclusion of that year, leading Cable to move on to the Raiders.

Gruden left the broadcast booth at ESPN to return to the franchise where he spent his first four seasons as a head coach. Now Jon Gruden is reportedly bringing back a second. He and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were fired after a disappointing season where the Seahawks missed the postseason.

On the field, Gruden will take over for Jack Del Rio after the latter was sacked following a 6-10 season. The defense struggled mightily before a late-season switch from fired coordinator Ken Norton Jr.to play-caller John Pagano. Cable stayed head coach through the 2010 season and compiled a 17-27 record before being fired.


Offensive line coach was a top priority as Gruden built a staff. Cable is known for using a zone blocking scheme, though it remains uncertain what he'll use in Oakland with a powerful, expensive offensive front locked in place save the right tackle spot.

The Raiders finished 8-8 and were 6-0 against the AFC West, a season which prompted Cable to say "We're not losers any more". His final game with Oakland was among the most controversial losses in National Football League history, when the Raiders lost to the New England Patriots on the infamous Tom Brady "Tuck Rule" non-fumble call.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith recently chimed in on the subject and gave what he thinks is a reasonable timeline for Gruden to win a Super Bowl with the Raiders.

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