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NFL Concludes Raiders Complied With Rooney Rule On Jon Gruden Hire

Jan 19, 2018 4:15 PM

The NFL has concluded that the Oakland Raiders complied with the Rooney Rule when they hired Jon Gruden as head coach.

The "Rooney Rule" requires NFL teams to consider at least one minority candidate before making an offer to a head coaching candidate. The team officially hired Gruden on Jan. 6.

Reports have indicated the Raiders would not have fired Jack Del Rio without a commitment from Gruden.

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Rich Gannon Declined Offer To Coach Oakland's QBs

Jan 11, 2018 8:11 AM

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

Gannon played three seasons for Gruden during the coach's first stint with the Raiders.

The Raiders hired Gruden and signed him to a 10-year contract this week. 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.

"I really came to my senses probably on the flight up there yesterday to go to the press conference and just realized that to work alongside Jon Gruden it takes a special person," Gannon said. "It takes a person with great energy, passion and commitment and, more importantly, time. I didn't think it would be fair to myself, my family or even to Jon not to be all in in with him."


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Raiders Fired Del Rio, Obliged Rooney Rule After Gruden Commitment

Jan 10, 2018 10:57 AM

Mark Davis confirmed he didn't decide to fire Jack Del Rio until he received a commitment from Jon Gruden to become head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Davis then conducted the required Rooney Rule interviews.

Davis and Gruden first met in Florida two months ago.

Del Rio and Gruden share the same agent, which complicated the situation for all parties.

If Gruden hadn't agreed to join the Raiders, Davis admitted he likely would have retained Del Rio.

The Raiders interviewed Tee Martin and Bobby Johnson before formally announcing Gruden's hiring.

Tim Kawakami/The Athletic (via PFT)

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Teryl Austin Picks Bengals Over Raiders For Defensive Coordinator Job

Jan 8, 2018 5:11 PM

Teryl Austin has agreed to become the defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Austin was most recently defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions.

The Oakland Raiders also pushed to hire Austin.

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Jon Gruden To Sign 10-Year, $100M Deal With Raiders

Jan 5, 2018 2:13 PM

The Oakland Raiders will sign Jon Gruden to a 10-year deal approaching $100 million, which will be the longest coaching contract in NFL history.

The Raiders have called a significant news conference for Tuesday, at which time they will introduce Gruden as the team's next coach.

Gruden was head coach of the Raiders from 1998 until 2001 when he was traded to the Buccaneers.

The date of the official announcement was first reported by RaidersSnakepit.com.

Gruden appeared on Monday Night Football since 2009.

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Source Concerned Derek Carr May Not Like Jon Gruden's Coaching Style

Jan 4, 2018 3:54 PM

According to a league source, there is concern that Derek Carr may not be wired in a way that's conducive to the coaching style of Jon Gruden.

Gruden tends to ride his quarterbacks to maximize their potential.

“Jon Gruden is not easy to deal with,” PFT Live co-host Chris Simms said by phone on Thursday. “He’s in your face, he’s blunt, he’s extremely honest. At the same time, he’ll be extra hard on a quarterback if he knows the kid has talent. The quarterback has to remember it’s only because he wants him to be better and knows he can be better. . . . If he wasn’t yelling at you, that’s the bigger concern. It’s all for the greater good. It’s only going to make you a better quarterback.”

Carr’s gigantic contract has a fairly early out for the team, allowing them to dump him after 2018 with only a $7.5 million cap charge, at a cash outlay over two years of less than $48 million. 

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Buccaneers Were Unwilling To Match Raiders' Offer To Jon Gruden

Jan 3, 2018 10:36 AM

There had been speculation that Jon Gruden was nearing a return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but they announced that Dirk Koetter would remain as head coach.

Gruden was pursued by the Buccaneers and Raiders but chose the situation with the Raiders as he was given more money and more power.

“By Friday, Oakland had emerged as a major player, talking to Gruden’s agent,” Kaufman said. “Nobody talks to Gruden directly, everything goes through Gruden’s agent, as it should be. And Gruden’s agent, operating from a position of tremendous strength, tremendous leverage. . . . Here comes Oakland. Mark Davis, Al’s son. And in the discussions with the agent, it’s basically the agent gets the impression, ‘Whatever you guys want. Let’s make this happen. Whatever you want.’ Well, when he gets back to the Glazers and basically says, ‘We have other options, and [a] concrete option in Oakland, and they’re willing to do this, and do this, and do this.’ And I think it reached a point where the Glazers, talking among themselves, the co-chairmen, said, ‘We can’t go that far. We’re not willing to go that far. A stake in the team. $10 million dollars. Total authority. We can’t do it. Doesn’t make any sense.’ So God bless Jon. Good luck. And at that point they reached the same conclusion that I wrote 10 days ago: If you can’t get Gruden, give Koetter another chance. . . . To even suggest that the Bucs had no interest in Jon Gruden coming back to One Buc Place. How naive can you be?”

Ira Kaufman/JoeBucsFan.com (via ProFootballTalk)

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Jon Gruden Publicly Confirms He'll Join Raiders If Offered Job

Jan 3, 2018 9:52 AM

Jon Gruden is expected to become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders and he confirmed as much during an interview on Wednesday.

Gruden said it is up to Mark Davis whether he becomes the next head coach of the Raiders.

"I think there's a good chance," said Gruden about re-joining the Raiders.

Gruden was asked whether he may have an ownership stake in the Raiders as part of his deal.

“No ownership, that’s for sure,” said Gruden.

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Randy Moss, Terrell Owens Among Hall Of Fame Finalists

Jan 3, 2018 9:45 AM

There are 15 Modern-Era Finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.

The group includes four first-year eligible nominees - Steve Hutchinson, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher.

Everson Walls is a finalist in his 20th year of eligibility.

The finalists also include Edgerrin James, Terrell Owens, Isaac Bruce, John Lynch, Brian Dawkins, Ty Law, Tony Boselli, Kevin Mawae, Joe Jacoby and Alan Faneca.


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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2018 2:54 PM

The NFL has five teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Vikings, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Eagles.

The Chiefs, Cowboys, Chargers, Falcons and Patriots also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Jaguars, Broncos, Panthers, Ravens and Cardinals rank in the top-10 on defense.

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Jon Gruden Expected To Become Head Coach Of Raiders
Jon Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 until 2001.

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Raiders Fire Jack Del Rio
Jack Del Rio was informed of the decision by Mark Davis following their loss to the Chargers in Week 17.

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Raiders Likely To Part Ways With Michael Crabtree
Sources say Michael Crabtree's production is not worth the issues they've had with him off the field.

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Raiders Ready To Pursue Jon Gruden
The Raiders may be preparing to offer Jon Gruden an ownership stake in the team.

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Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
In an indication of how much turnover there's been in parts of the NFL, none of those five teams (Rams, Eagles, Vikings, Saints and Chargers) made the playoffs in 2016.

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Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree Have Suspension Reduced To One Game
Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree have each had their two-game suspensions reduced to one game after they were ejected for fighting in Sunday's game between the Broncos and Raiders.


Darren McFadden Announces Retirement From NFL
Darren McFadden and the Cowboys parted ways last week.

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Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib Suspended Two Games
The NFL has suspended Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib for two games after the two players were ejected from Sunday's game for fighting.

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Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib Ejected Following Fight
Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree exchanged shoves before swinging punches at each other.

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Broncos To Start Paxton Lynch Against Raiders
The 2016 first-round pick will be backed up by Trevor Siemian, while Brock Osweiler will be inactive.

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Ken Norton Jr. Fired By Raiders As Defensive Coordinator
Ken Norton Jr. was hired by the Raiders in 2015.

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Trump Calls For Marshawn Lynch To Be Suspended For Anthem Protest
The Raiders running back wore a T-shirt that read "Everybody vs. Trump" prior to a game on Oct. 1.

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Raiders Break Ground On New Stadium In Las Vegas
The $1.9 billion stadium is scheduled to open in 2020.


Marshawn Lynch Suspended One Game By NFL
Marshawn Lynch will appeal the suspension.

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Marshawn Lynch Ejected After Making Contact With Official
Marshawn Lynch appeared to be trying to get Marcus Peters, who was penalized on the play for a late hit on Derek Carr.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

NaVorro Bowman Agrees To One-Year, $3M Deal With Raiders
NaVorro Bowman will get his full salary from the 49ers in addition to the contract with the Raiders.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

NFL Will Keep Raiders-Chargers Game In Oakland
With fires ongoing in the Bay Area, air quality in Oakland has been poor.


Raiders Could Play At Levi's Stadium In Week 6 Due To Fires
Levi's Stadium is located several miles south of Oakland in Santa Clara and hasn't been impacted as harshly by the fires.

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Raiders Cut Practice Short As Wildfires Affect Air Quality
The Raiders cut practice short by 30 minutes on Wednesday due to poor air quality.

San Francisco Chronicle

Raiders LT Donald Penn Confronts Fan In Parking Lot
Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn had a verbal altercation with fans as he left the players' parking lot following Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

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