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NFL finds Raiders complied with Rooney Rule in hiring of Jon Gruden

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:17:28 UT

The NFL on Friday said it found the Raiders had complied with the Rooney Rule in the hiring of head coach Jon Gruden. The Fritz Pollard Alliance had asked the league to investigate whether the Raiders violated the rule, which requires teams with a head-coaching vacancy to interview at least one minority candidate. An NFL spokesman released the league’s findings in an email statement: “The NFL confirmed today that its review of the hiring of Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden complied with the Rooney Rule and that the club conducted bona fide interviews with minority candidates as part of its search process,” the statement read.



Raiders announce 13 assistant-coach hires

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:30:36 UT

The Raiders announced the hiring of 13 assistant coaches Thursday, filling out Jon Gruden’s staff. Among the previously unreported names are two former Green Bay coaches: new defensive line coach Mike Trgovac (who held the same role with the Packers the past nine seasons) and Edgar Bennett, Green Bay’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons, as wide receivers coach. Bennett and Trgovac were let go by the Packers shortly after the end of the regular season. Gruden and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie share roots in the Packers’ organization, overlapping for one year in 1994 when Gruden was an assistant coach and McKenzie a scout.



Once coveted by Jay Gruden, Paul Guenther joins Jon with Raiders

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:31:31 UT

New Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said he was pursued by a Gruden a year ago — a different one. Guenther, formerly the defensive coordinator in Cincinnati, is close friends with Jay Gruden, head coach in Washington and the brother of new Raiders head coach Jon. Last offseason, Guenther said, Jay Gruden broached the possibility of hiring him. Guenther was still under contract with the Bengals, who would not let him leave. Guenther’s contract in Cincinnati expired after this past season. And when Jon Gruden came calling, there was nothing to stop Guenther from saying yes. “I’ve known Jon a long time,” Guenther said on a conference call Wednesday.



Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson: ‘We grow as Derek Carr grows’

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:30:52 UT

Greg Olson and Jon Gruden coached together for just one season in Tampa Bay in 2008. Yet, Olson says his “learning curve greatly increased” in his year as Gruden’s quarterbacks coach. It’s the main reason Olson left the Rams last week to become Gruden’s offensive coordinator with the Raiders. And Olson expects Gruden to have a similar effect on quarterback Derek Carr. “It’s the first time Derek’s going to have an offensive head coach that’s got a quarterback background that will be hands-on with him on a day-to-day basis,” Olson said on a conference call Wednesday. “I just see that growth curve skyrocketing because of that.



Raiders punter Marquette King almost bests Harlem Globetrotter in absurd game of H-O-R-S-E

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:47:37 UT

Though he's primarily known for his main gig punting for the Oakland Raiders (and subsequent gratuitous on-field celebrations), Marquette King could easily have a future as a Harlem Globetrotter.




Jon Gruden tutorials nothing new for Raiders’ Derek Carr

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:37:30 UT

In 2014, before he’d taken a snap in the NFL, Derek Carr sat across a table from Jon Gruden, who posed the quarterback a question: Would Carr draft himself over his older brother, David, the 2002 No. 1 pick? “You’re in a totally different offense, you’re in a totally different era and your position playing style is totally different,” Gruden told Carr. “Now, I want you. What do you say about that?” “I appreciate that,” Carr responded. “Let’s go win some championships now.” The exchange, which came on Gruden’s “QB Camp” show on ESPN, was dug up and circulated widely last week amid the news that Gruden was returning to coach the Raiders, whose starting quarterback will be Carr, now 26.



Report: Tom Cable returning as Raiders offensive line coach

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 01:09:01 UT

The Raiders have already brought back one former head coach. Now Jon Gruden is reportedly bringing back a second. According to Michael Lombardi and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are set to hire Tom Cable as offensive line coach. Cable had been the Seahawks’ offensive line coach and assistant head coach from 2011 until Wednesday, when he was fired. Cable previously coached the Raiders’ offensive line in 2007 and was promoted to interim head coach four games into the 2008 season after then-owner Al Davis fired Lane Kiffin. Cable stayed head coach through the 2010 season and compiled a 17-27 record before being fired. Cable’s tenure included allegations of physical abuse.



Raiders’ coordinators in place

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:40:22 UT

The Raiders confirmed Friday what head coach Jon Gruden announced Tuesday — the names of his coordinators for next season. Greg Olson will be the offensive coordinator, Paul Guenther the defensive coordinator and Rich Bisaccia will have the title of assistant head coach/special teams coordinator. Olson held the same title with Oakland from 2013-14, which included quarterback Derek Carr’s rookie season. Olson was the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator from 2015-16 and quarterbacks coach of the Rams this past season. Gruden will call the plays for the offense next season. But he said Olson’s experience with Carr should be valuable.



Three’s company: Raiders announce Jon Gruden’s incoming coordinators

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:14:10 UT

The Raiders officially confirmed Friday what Jon Gruden announced Tuesday - the names of his coordinators for next season. Greg Olson will be the offensive coordinator, Paul Guenther the defensive coordinator and Rich Bisaccia will have the title of assistant head coach/special teams coordinator. Olson held the same title with Oakland from 2013-14, which included quarterback Derek Carr’s rookie season. He was the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator from 2015-16 and quarterbacks coach of the Rams this past season. Gruden will call the plays for the offense next season. But he said Olson’s experience with Carr should be valuable.




Raiders headed back to London for October game

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:09:15 UT

The Raiders will return to London next fall, playing Seattle on Oct. 14 in the stadium of soccer team Tottenham Hotspur. The announcement came in a statement from NFL UK. It will be the Raiders’ fourth international game in five years. The Raiders lost 38-14 to the Dolphins at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2014. They’ve also played at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium in each of the past two seasons, beating the Texans in 2016 and losing to the Patriots this season. The Raiders were the designated “home” team in each of those games and will be giving up another home game this time in one of their final seasons in Oakland before the franchise’s move to Las Vegas.



League to 'look into' whether Raiders followed Rooney Rule in Jon Gruden hire

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:27:06 UT

An NFL spokesman said in an email that the league will “look into” whether the Raiders violated the Rooney Rule while hiring head coach Jon Gruden. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes diversity in NFL head-coaching and front-office jobs, asked the league Wednesday to investigate whether the Raiders complied with the rule, which requires any team with a head-coaching vacancy to interview at least one minority candidate. At a news conference to introduce Gruden on Tuesday, Raiders owner Mark Davis said he had met with Gruden on Christmas Eve and came away “pretty confident” that Gruden — then still with ESPN — would return to coach the Raiders.




Jon Gruden hopes to ‘unlock the greatness’ in Raiders QB Derek Carr

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:25:20 UT

Shortly after Jon Gruden’s introductory news conference ended Tuesday, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr reposted a meme that was making the rounds on Twitter. The clip depicted Carr opening up “Gruden’s Playbook,” only to find on every page a diagram of “Spider 2 Y Banana,” one of Gruden’s self-professed favorite plays. Carr’s response of a few laughing face emojis acknowledged the humor — or maybe the point that the reality of the situation is so very different. Gruden, during his first tenure as an NFL head coach, was known for being especially demanding of his quarterbacks.



Fritz Pollard Alliance questions whether Raiders violated Rooney Rule

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 03:40:25 UT

The Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that promotes diversity in NFL coaching and front office jobs, has asked the league to look at whether the Raiders violated the Rooney Rule amid the hiring of new head coach Jon Gruden. The group issued a statement Wednesday questioning the Raiders’ compliance with the Rule, which requires any team with a head coaching vacancy to interview at least one minority candidate. “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 read.



Former Raiders QB Rich Gannon not joining Jon Gruden’s coaching staff

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:01:06 UT

Jon Gruden left the broadcast booth to return to the Raiders. Rich Gannon isn’t following that path. Gannon, the former Raiders quarterback who played under Gruden from 1999-2001, told 95.7 The Game on Wednesday that he will not be a part of the coaching staff Gruden is assembling for his second stint as Oakland’s head coach. Gruden was considering Gannon for quarterbacks coach. Gannon, 52, had previously said he would consider the role. But he said Wednesday he decided against leaving his current job as an analyst for CBS to dive back into full-time coaching.




Gruden returns to Raiders to take care of unfinished business

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:45:59 UT

For almost 16 years, Jon Gruden had a gnawing sensation. “There is unfinished business,” Gruden said Tuesday at his introductory news conference as Raiders head coach, just after joking, “Thanks for bringing up the tuck rule and for reminding me how old we are.” On a bitter, snowy January night in New England in 2002, Gruden’s first turn in the position to which he is returning ended in a gut-wrenching way — a fumble by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that officials overturned and deemed an incomplete pass under the NFL’s obscure “tuck rule.” It was a controversial play that cost the Raiders a playoff victory, launched a New England dynasty and has haunted the Raiders ever since.