NFL Investigating Whether Raiders Hired White Head Coach Before Interviewing Minority Candidate

Ann Santiago
January 13, 2018

The Oakland Raiders reportedly are facing National Football League investigation into whether they violated the Rooney Rule when they hired Jon Gruden as coach.

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that the Oakland Raiders will hire Alabama DB coach Derrick Ansley to work with the secondary in some capacity.

The Rooney Rule means teams have to interview at least one minority candidate before making a coaching hire and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport stated the Raiders complied with that rule. After all, Gruden had been off the sideline for a long time and, with that as the backdrop, it would make some sense for him to go after young, up-and-coming assistants with close ties to the current direction of the league.

Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten sang a different tune last week when talking to ESPN.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden has reportedly filled two more vacancies on his coaching staff with the reported additions of defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley and running backs coach Jemal Singleton.


"I have always felt a team can have a front-runner and minority candidates can compete against a front-runner, and sometimes they get selected", Mehri said, noting that Super Bowl-winning coaches Mike Tomlin and Tony Dungy were not front-runners before getting hired. Shell returned for a second stint with the team in 2006.

Gruden left the broadcast booth at ESPN to return to the franchise where he spent his first four seasons as a head coach. He coached the Raiders from 1998-2001, leading them to a AFC Divisional playoff game in 2001.

At the press conference announcing his hiring, Gruden said he had filled all three coordinator positions with Greg Olson (offense), Paul Guenther (defense) and Rich Bisaccia (special teams).

Gruden succeeded 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.

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