John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which advocates for minority hires at the top levels of NFL franchises, is pleased with the progress teams have demonstrated this year in following the Rooney Rule.
Vance Joseph and Anthony Lynn, both African-Americans, were hired this week as the coaches of the Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers, respectively. From 2012-16, only one minority landed a job as head coach of an NFL team, when the Jets hired Todd Bowles in 2015, ESPN notes.
The Raiders finished the regular season 12-4, but lost to the Texans in last Saturday’s AFC wild-card game. The Raiders were on track to be one of the top two seeds in the AFC, but starting quarterback Derek Carr suffered a broken leg in the fourth quarter of a Week 16 win over the Colts and was lost for the season.
The offense suffered without Carr, who was in the midst of an MVP-caliber season.
Coach Jack Del Rio had voiced frustration during the season over Oakland’s inconsistent running game.
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Sporting News’ Alex Marvez reported earlier Tuesday the Raiders will also part ways with defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson. The Raiders will keep defensive coordinator Cheap China NFL Jerseys Ken Norton Jr. despite the unit ranking 26th in total defense.