Alabama secondary coach Derrick Ansley heading for Raiders, not Colorado State

Alabama secondary coach Derrick Ansley heading for Raiders, not Colorado State

Now, with the hiring of John Gruden as their head coach to a record $100 million contract, insiders are speculating they abused the Rooney Rule to get it done.

"We are deeply concerned by reports that the Oakland Raiders' owner, Mark Davis, came to an agreement with Jon Gruden about him becoming the Raiders' next head coach before interviewing any candidates of color", the statement said.

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 NFL made a decision, saw criticism of the Raiders over what happened, and now is trying to walk it back. 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.

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.

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Jon Gruden offered Rich Gannon the chance to coach quarterbacks with the Oakland Raiders, but the former player declined.

Gannon could not fully commit to Gruden, but the Raiders did immediately. Nobody was. Gruden was the top candidate, if he was available.

"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. Gannon said he realized on the flight to Oakland for the coach's introductory news conference Tuesday that he couldn't make the time commitment needed to be on Gruden's staff.

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