Oakland moved quickly through the process of tabbing Gruden, taking him away from ESPN, and firing then-head coach Jack Del Rio.
If the league finds the Raiders violated the Rooney Rule, they may be subject to a hefty fine.
The question put in play by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, and in turn the National Football League, is the reality of those interviews, given Davis' admittance that Gruden had been the Raiders' target for six years, and the two sides had reached an agreement as early as Christmas.
"We're going to ask a lot more from Derek Carr at the line of scrimmage", Gruden said".
Gruden did note that he has to finish hiring a coaching staff before a plan can be fully implemented. Nobody was. Gruden was the top candidate, if he was available. Almost a week later, it was announced that he would be getting a 10-year contract worth $100 million.
That has led to a longer discussion about the Rooney Rule.
"As soon as we learned of the reports, we formally requested that the NFL thoroughly investigate the matter to conclusively determine whether the Rooney Rule was violated - and if it was violated, to impose an appropriate punishment", Fitz Pollard Alliance counsel Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru said in a statement obtained by NFL Network's Steve Wyche. There are situations in which the Rooney Rule will look like a joke.
The Raiders were stuck, to a degree.
But here's the catch: Davis admitted to reporters Tuesday that he met with Gruden on Christmas Eve, where the two agreed in principle to a deal.
The Raiders may have jumped for Jon Gruden too early.