Gruden reportedly adds Ansley, Singleton to Raiders' staff


That no longer appears to be the case thanks to a hard push by the Raiders to land Ansley on Jon Gruden's initial staff in Oakland.

The NFL is officially investigating the Raiders' hiring process of head coach Jon Gruden for a potential Rooney Rule violation one day after the Fritz Pollard Alliance requested one, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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

Many Oakland Raiders' players and fans alike were excited when Jon Gruden was announced as the team's new coach on Tuesday. Those candidates were Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and Southern California offensive coordinator Tee Martin.

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With the Raiders descending so fast on a white candidate, the team is in hot water over whether it violated the "Rooney Rule".

The Rooney Rule requires teams to interview at least one person from a minority background for each head coaching or senior football operations position.

Of course, the rule works only if the NFL enforces it, which is why the Fritz Pollard Alliance and others are so adamant that the league look into whether the Raiders took it seriously in this case. Mark Davis said he had been chasing Gruden for six years and would not have made the change if Gruden had not been available. He posted a 38-26 regular-season record (40-28 overall) from 1998-2001 and guided the team to a pair of playoff berths, including appearances in the AFC Championship Game in his last two seasons. Gruden received a massive financial commitment from the Raiders, receiving a 10-year, $100 million deal.

London games: The NFL will play games in London for three straight weeks for the first time next season, starting with the Raiders and Seahawks at the stadium being built for English Premier League soccer team Tottenham.