Oakland Raiders news: Roger Goodell gives insight to Rooney Rule, relocation agreement
By John Buhler
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with the media for Super Bowl LII on Wednesday. He addressed the Oakland Raiders’ relocation and the Rooney Rule.
We are only a few days away from Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. While the Oakland Raiders aren’t playing in the game, the Silver and Black were a talking point for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday at the podium. It’s Thursday and this is the Black Hole Roll Call.
The two big topics surrounding the Raiders were if the team did violate the Rooney Rule when hiring head coach Jon Gruden and why they are playing so many international home games. Goodell did address that the Raiders did not violate the Rooney Rule, as they did interview Bobby Johnson and Tee Martin before hiring Gruden as head coach.
As for why the Raiders are playing so many international home games, apparently that was part of their relocation agreement in place with the NFL. The team plans to go from Oakland to Las Vegas by the end of the decade once the new stadium in Las Vegas has been completed.
Here is some of the best news you might have missed on the Raiders on Wednesday.
Roger Goodell: Raiders didn’t violate Rooney Rule in Jon Gruden hire – Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com
As expected, Goodell would stand by the NFL office’s decision that the Raiders did not violate the Rooney Rule when hiring Gruden to be their next head coach. Yes, it did seem like the Raiders rushed to hire Gruden, but the league office seems to be happy that Gruden is back in the NFL anyway.
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Goodell: Raiders gave up home games in relocation agreement – Jeff Smith of 247 Sports
The Raiders played in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City last year versus the Patriots. In 2016, the Silver and Black played the Houston Texans in Estadio Azteca. This fall, Oakland will play the Seattle Seahawks at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium in London. These home games might be away from Oakland, but they are high-profile events the Raiders get to be a part of.
Why Paul Guenther’s first coordinator job at 25 years old relates to the Raiders – Matt Schneidman of The Bay Area News Group
Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther got his first start as a coordinator at upstart Jacksonville University in the mid-1990s. Being unafraid to take on as daunting of a job has allowed Guenther to climb the coaching ranks and prove himself on the big NFL stage.
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Oakland Raiders may be the biggest winners in the Alex Smith trade – Kevin Saito of Golden Gate Sports
With the Kansas City Chiefs trading Raiders nemesis quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, this might allow the Silver and Black an opportunity to reclaim the division. Going with Patrick Mahomes in 2018 could go either way. He’s talented, but unproven as an NFL starter as a former first-round pick out of Texas Tech.