Raiders hire Alabama's Derrick Ansley to coach secondary


Jon Gruden offered Rich Gannon the chance to coach quarterbacks with the Oakland Raiders, but the former player declined.

Known for his feisty sideline demeanor, Gruden admitted he has some "unfinished" business with the Raiders.

Gannon played three seasons for Gruden during the coach's first stint with the Raiders.

"The system that we're going to put in place is going to demand a lot from him", Gruden said of Carr, "and I think that's what's going to unlock the greatness in him".

But in reality, Gruden's stance makes ideal sense.

The Raiders hired Gruden and signed him to a 10-year contract this week.

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

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis right emerges from the NFL football annual meetings with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell left after owners approved the move of the Raiders to Las Vegas Monday
Raiders hire Alabama's Derrick Ansley to coach secondary

The Fritz Pollard Alliance has promoted equal opportunities for minorities in National Football League hiring since its founding in 2003.

"I felt pretty confident that he was all-in", Davis said. "And this time he didn't waver, either".

Davis fired Jack Del Rio a week later and the team officially hired Gruden on January 6.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday he interviewed two minority candidates before Gruden's hiring was announced. Oakland appeared to fulfill the mandate by interviewing its tight ends coach, Bobby Johnson, and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.