Gruden returns as Raiders' head coach

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden right smiles as he listens to a question from former Raiders player Charles Woodson as he sits next to owner Mark Davis during an NFL football press

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Davis will probably regret saying that he met with Gruden on Christmas Eve, even though the shocked reports about that meeting fail to acknowledge that there were reports before Week 17 that the Raiders were pursuing Gruden, and those weren't just lucky guesses.

Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden, right, smiles as he sits next to owner Mark Davis.

The Raiders have hired Alabama defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley to coach their secondary in 2018, per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. "It takes a person with great energy, passion and commitment and, more importantly, time".

All that aside, if the Raiders did violate the Rooney Rule when hiring Gruden, then the organization deserves to be punished accordingly.

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The development comes a day after the Fitz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes diversity in NFL front offices and coaching staffs, asked the league to investigate whether the Raiders potentially reached an agreement with Gruden before interviewing minority candidates.

The NFL said Thursday it will investigate whether the Raiders violated the so-called Rooney Rule when they hired Jon Gruden as coach. "And that's the term that we were using in our discussions and everything, are you all-in? And this time he didn't waver, either", Davis said.

On the field, Gruden will take over for Jack Del Rio after the latter was sacked following a 6-10 season. Davis also said he wouldn't have fired Del Rio if he didn't believe Gruden would sign on as coach. Oakland appeared to fulfill the mandate by interviewing its tight ends coach, Bobby Johnson, and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin.

The Raiders and the National Football League had no immediate comment Wednesday night on the request from the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

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