Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

National Football League investigating whether Raiders broke Rooney Rule

National Football League investigating whether Raiders broke Rooney Rule

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 fired Jack Del Rio a week later and the team officially hired Gruden on Saturday.

Jon Gruden hasn't been the Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders for long, but the news has noticeably shaken the sports universe.

With the Raiders having the talent to compete right away given the right guidance, there's a chance that Gruden may actually turn this time into a Super Bowl title contender in the very near future. It would be the longest contract for an National Football League coach since the Cowboys gave Tom Landry a 10-year extension in 1964.

On the field, Gruden will take over for Jack Del Rio after the latter was sacked following a 6-10 season.

Davis said Tuesday at the news conference introducing Gruden as the team's coach that he had been trying to make the move for six years and finally believed it would happen after a meeting in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, the day before Gruden worked a game between the Raiders and Eagles on ESPN.


The offense regressed after the decision to fire coordinator Bill Musgrave and replace him with untested Todd Downing. He and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were fired after a disappointing season where the Seahawks missed the postseason.

Oakland went just 17-27 under Cable's direction, and he was sacked after his third season.

Davis and the team officially hired Gruden on January 6. The Raiders had seven straight losing seasons before finishing.500 in what would be Cable's last season with the club. He retained the job the following year, in part because of a 31-24 win over Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the regular-season finale. Overall, he is 95-81 in 11 regular seasons and 100-85 including the postseason.

That is the official timeline for the Raiders head coaching search.

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