The Rooney Rule was put in place to make sure each team gives a serious interview to at least one minority candidate when there's a coaching job open or a or a high-ranking football operations job available.
The Raiders may have interviewed a couple of candidates in tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, but neither of them was seen as more than abiding by the rule. "In his enthusiasm to hire Jon Gruden, Raiders' owner Mark Davis failed to fulfill his obligation under the rule and should step forward and acknowledge he violated the rule". One practical application could be potentially requiring teams to immediately report to the league office any interviews conducted with candidates not now employed by NFL teams. At present, only six teams have black head coaches.
The Fritz Pollard alliance, which requested an investigation into the team's process, released a statement condemning the NFL's findings.
There was one remaining sticking point - namely, that owner Mark Davis admitted he had a commitment from Gruden before he fired Jack Del Rio.
Such a change would allow the league to better monitor the hiring process and determine in real time whether there has been compliance with the Rooney Rule, Mehri said. "We concluded that happened in this case". The league has not found a club to be incompliant since.
The NFL has issued discipline for Rooney Rule violations in the past. Oakland did not formally hire Gruden until January 6, though Davis said during Gruden's introductory press conference that they had significant discussions about the position around Christmas. Davis added that on Christmas Eve, during a meeting in Philadelphia before a "Monday Night Football" game against the Eagles, he gained a sense from Gruden he was "all in". It is a process that simply needed to be done in order for Oakland to get Gruden to take over as the next head coach. It's the very sort of tradition the FPA has worked to culminate across the league. He led the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl title over Oakland the following season. Following their blistering report, it was revealed that even though black coaches had a higher victor percentage than their white counterparts they were still more likely to be fired and less likely to be hired. Davis' father, Al, was responsible for the other coaching and front office hires.