The head of the diversity group that works with the NFL on its hiring practices confirmed to NFL Network's Steve Wyche last Thursday that Oakland is in compliance with the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority for any head coaching vacancy.
"I never wanted to leave the Raiders, I never thought I'd be back", Gruden told reporters.
The Oakland Raiders officially named Jon Gruden their head coach on Sunday, and on Tuesday, held an introductory press conference. Owner Mark Davis brought Gruden to the podium as "Hells Bells" played over the loud speakers.
Just as the press conference was wrapping up, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that they may be looking to add to their front office.
"Obviously this is very emotional for me".
"How long I stay here will be determined by how well we play". "Number one, I love football". "This is what I want to do, this is the organization that I want to be a part of and I'm all in". Oakland won 12 games in 2016 to earn Del Rio a four-year extension but the team fell flat this season. It's about the tempo that we establish as a coaching staff so with that said, I got a lot to prove, I know that.
Gruden succeeds Jack Del Rio, who was sacked following a season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that capped a disappointing 6-10 campaign for the Raiders.
Gruden declined to get into specifics of his monstrous contract - playing coy - and joked (maybe?) that he has a no-trade clause in his deal this time.
Gruden made it clear that McKenzie would continue to be the team's general manager and said personnel decisions would be a collaborative effort. "He's young. He's in his prime", Gruden said of Carr.