Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

NFL Investigating Raiders' Possible Rooney Rule Violation After Jon Gruden Hire

NFL Investigating Raiders' Possible Rooney Rule Violation After Jon Gruden Hire

According to Michael Lombardi and the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are set to hire Tom Cable as their offensive line coach.

The league and the alliance previously declared the Raiders to be in compliance with the rule based on their interviews of Bobby Johnson, their tight ends coach, and Tee Martin, the offensive coordinator of USC.

It was a special day, as hordes of media members, and north of 50 Raiders alumni filled up the team's performance, center anxious to see the newest leader of the coaching staff. Gruden already has the top job.

He followed that feat with the now famous quote, "We're not losers anymore". Cable stayed head coach through the 2010 season and compiled a 17-27 record before being fired.

Cable earned a strong reputation with the Seahawks after developing late-round picks and converted defensive linemen into starters on the offensive line, garnering a few head-coaching interviews in recent years.

It also means a reunion in Oakland between Cable and former Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, who returned to play for the Raiders last season at the age of 31 and remains under contract for next season. Cable was allegedly involved in a 2009 incident where then Raiders assistant Randy Hanson was left with a broken jaw. That same November, an ESPN report cited two women - an ex-wife and former girlfriend of Cable- as stating Cable struck them during their relationships. One of Cable's accusers sued Cable and named the Raiders as a co-defendant.

Mike Tice served as the Raiders' O-line coach the past three years.

The Seahawks fired Cable along with offensive coordinator Darren Bevell after finishing 9-7 to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Obviously, only time will tell whether Gruden still has what it takes to be a successful coach in this league and if Carr buys in, but there's definitely a reason for optimism in Oakland as a new era gets underway for the silver and black.

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