Whether you like the Rooney Rule or not, it remains in place. Which means that teams must comply with it, or face the consequences. Which means that the Raiders, who are expected to hire Jon Gruden to replace Jack Del Rio, have a problem. But here’s the thing: It’s become incredibly easy to comply with it. After a few potholes early in the life of the provision that requires every team with a coaching vacancy to interview at least one minority candidate (e.g., a phone interview of Dennis Green by the Cowboys before hiring Bill Parcells in 2002, and no interview by the Lions before hiring Steve Mariucci in 2003), teams have figured out how to check the box.
Raiders will be latest team to find a way around the Rooney Rule
Pro Football Talk | Jan 1