Former Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable has reportedly been hired by the Oakland Raiders.
Offensive line coach was a top priority as Gruden built a staff. Cable is known for using a zone blocking scheme, though it remains uncertain what he'll use in Oakland with a powerful, expensive offensive front locked in place save the right tackle spot.
The team announced the move Saturday as soon as Gruden finished his. And I never wavered from all-in.
Gruden spent four seasons as coach in Oakland from 1998-2001.
Davis has not said that Gruden verbally accepted the job, but used the phrase "all in" to describe how Gruden felt about the job.
The Raiders have already brought back one former head coach.
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But they're making a total sham of the Rooney Rule.
"But if in December, Gruden and Davis reach an agreement - not necessarily a written, contractual agreement, but a verbal agreement - that Gruden was going to coach for the Raiders, and then after that they do these interviews with minority coaches, that would be a violation of the Rooney Rule".
Paul Tagliabue, then the National Football League commissioner, fined Detroit Lions President Matt Millen $200,000 in 2003 for failing to interview a minority candidate before hiring Steve Mariucci as the team's coach. Although Gruden has a Super Bowl title to his credit and was successful during his first stint with the Raiders, he hasn't coached in almost a decade and there's no telling whether he'll be able to adapt to the modern era of coaching in the NFL.
However, after Seattle went just 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the first time since Cable's first season in 2011 this year, the Seahawks fired Cable on Wednesday.
His tenure ended shortly after the "Tuck Rule" loss to the New England Patriots when he was traded the following month to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and $8 million.
Gruden was signed to a 10-year contract worth as much as $100 million to replace Jack Del Rio, who was sacked on the same day as the Raiders' season finale. He has a 95-81 career record.