Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Fritz Pollard Alliance wants National Football League to investigate Raiders

Fritz Pollard Alliance wants National Football League to investigate Raiders

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.

The NFL is investigating the Raiders' head coach hiring process and whether they violated the "Rooney Rule", a league official told ESPN.

Gruden's hire provoked some suspicion nearly immediately upon being reported last week. In Gruden's Raiders welcome, owner Mark Davis admitted he had wanted to make this splash for six years and began to believe it would happen after a meeting on Christmas Eve with the then-ESPN analyst, who coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001.

The Rooney Rule states a team must interview at least one minority candidate for its open head coach or executive job.

Ex-Lions general manager Matt Millen was fined $200,000 for failing to adhere to the "Rooney Rule" when he hired Steve Mariucci in 2003.

4th - Where Gruden ranks on the list of wins all-time by a Raiders head coach.

Wooten noted the Raiders' history under late owner Al Davis and Mark Davis in hiring minority candidates, including making Art Shell the first African-American head coach in modern National Football League history in 1989.

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Wyche reported on NFL Network's Up to the Minute Live that the revised timeline of Gruden's hiring led to the Fritz Pollard Alliance's investigation request. It was reported before Jack Del Rio was sacked that the Raiders were after Gruden.

Mark's late-father Al Davis made Tom Flores the first Latino head coach ever.

While Gruden and none of his three coordinator hires are minorities, Oakland did retain Thompson as tight ends coach from the previous coaching regime.

Carr averaged 14.5 FanDuel points this season while averaging 233.1 passing yards a game and completing 62.7 percent of his passes, with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

The NFL has yet to address the FPA's statement, but Raiders could be in hot water here.

Gannon could not fully commit to Gruden, but the Raiders did immediately. Overall, he is 95-81 in 11 regular seasons and 100-85 including the postseason.

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