Gruden's Raiders reboot begins with investigation demand, coach bailing

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Report: Colts RB coach Jemal Singleton joining Raiders

They weren't going from "giving Jon Gruden $100 million" to "hiring a college offensive coordinator who wasn't qualified to land the college coaching job at his alma mater amidst the most public and embarrassing search in the last half decade".

Gruden's hire provoked some suspicion nearly immediately upon being reported last week.

Davis said Tuesday at the news conference introducing Gruden as the team's new coach that he had been trying to make the move for six years and finally believed it would happen after a meeting in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, the day before Gruden worked a game between the Raiders and Eagles on ESPN.

The Rooney Rule means teams have to interview at least one minority candidate before making a coaching hire, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Raiders satisfied the requirement by interviewing Tee Martin and Bobby Johnson.

Paul Tagliabue, then National Football League commissioner, fined Detroit Lions president Matt Millen $200,000 in 2003 for failing to interview a minority candidate before hiring Steve Mariucci as coach.

Singleton served two years in the role with the Colts and coached RB Frank Gore to become the team's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2007 this past season (Joseph Addai).

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"I have always felt a team can have a front-runner and minority candidates can compete against a front-runner, and sometimes they get selected", Mehri said, noting that Super Bowl-winning coaches Mike Tomlin and Tony Dungy were not front-runners before getting hired.

Davis fired Del Rio a week later, and the team officially hired Gruden on January 6.

Gruden left the broadcast booth at ESPN to return to the franchise where he spent his first four seasons as a head coach. On one hand, it would have been interesting to see how the pairing operated together, especially considering the success they enjoyed when Gannon played under Gruden.

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

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