Fritz Pollard Alliance: Raiders complied with Rooney Rule

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The Raiders are free to hire Jon Gruden, having complied with the Rooney Rule.

John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said the league confirmed the Raiders have interviewed two minority candidates for the job. Raiders tight ends coach Bobby Johnson was one of those interviewed, Adam Caplan reports.

Wooten said he is satisfied the Raiders followed league rules.

“When we first heard Gruden’s name starting to move last week, I sent [Raiders General Manager] Reggie [McKenzie] a text saying, ‘Don’t forget the Rooney Rule,'” Wooten told PFT. “He sent me back a text a couple of days later saying, ‘Yes sir, we’ve done that. We’ve interviewed two minority candidates.’

“What everybody seems to be up in the air about is he didn’t list who they were. Well, he doesn’t have to list to us who they were. It has to be confirmed by the league. The league confirmed he did it, and that’s that.”

44 responses to “Fritz Pollard Alliance: Raiders complied with Rooney Rule

  1. Fritz Pollard Association – institution of racism without demanding players be equally chosen.

  2. Teams are getting smarter. Interviewing two. Other teams that seem to have their minds made up seem to be doing the same thing. The whole point of the RR, is to get exposure.

    One can argue 3 different ways to Sunday about the rule but if you interview an inside guy then the outside guy may not be so willing to say ‘no’. One would assume the inside guy isn’t smart enough to take the interview.

    Then it doesn’t look like a sham (which it is in this case) and the exposure happened and everyone is ‘happy’.

  3. This rule is PC garbage run amok….any rule mandating requirements to interview/hire anyone based on their skin color is just pathetic! Interviews and hires should be solely based on merit and professional accomplishment!

  4. Geez John Wooten rules with an iron fist. Can’t even get an exemption for a super winning coach. I guess it’s a good thing Reggie McKenzie interviewed a minority. I’m joking, but I do have to say I’m really proud of the NFL’s record when it comes to hiring. Whether it’s McKenzie, a black GM, or Mike Tomlin a black coach, or Gruden or Sean McVay, two white coaches. A lot of the teams are hiring whoever they think is the best candidate for the job. That doesn’t happen in too many other industries around the country. Good on the NFL.

  5. .
    Interviewing Raiders TE coach, Bobby Johnson, was a sham. Everybody knows he’s at the center of a bidding war between New York, Chicago and Arizona. I’m told that the Giants have offered to turn New York from “the city that never sleeps” into “the metropolis with a 9 pm curfew” in order to secure the services of America’s top coach.
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  6. So can we put this story line to rest, and stop using the terms “charade” and “wiping their feet on the Rooney Rule.” Bottom line, short of Belichick becoming available, which Mark may want to wait a few weeks for that judging by the ESPN report, there was no coach, of any color, available that was going to change Mark’s mind. Can’t wait to see how Reggie spins how he was all on board for the move at the presser. Can’t wait to find out how he real feels when Gruden has him run off in a power grab.

  7. Of course they complied with the Rooney Rule. That’s why it’s called a rule. Not one team is going to get tagged and fined some some silly rule. The only reason its a story is because everyone and their brother wants to be the first to say they broke the “Gruden to be the next Raiders Coach” story. And since that is the case now you can say oh but they didn’t follow the Rooney rule, just so we can all bring up the Rooney Rule everytime some jack ball wants to claim that a team has hired someone when they haven’t really hired anyone yet.

  8. Hey Reggie, dont forget about the Rooney Rule.

    Reggie to himself (Im an NFL GM, do you HONESTLY think that I need to be reminded of that??????)

  9. The Phony rule needs to go. This “rule” embarrasses people. They “interview” a couple of people, who aren’t going to get hired, and then they advertise it. It’s a business, hire the best person that you can regardless of their ethnicity.

  10. So when do they announce Gruden? My guess is after he has a wink wink nudge nudge in place for his coaching staff, then signs. That way he technically isn’t in violation of tampering.

  11. Good rule. Good job following it. And good job hiring Gruden.
    20 years to the day January 8th, 1998-2018

  12. Gee, isn’t it funny how former players change once they become part of management/ownership? Think of Richardson, Elway, McKenzie and many others. They soon forget how they were used when they were players and now they do the same to active players.
    I’m sure McKenzie remembers how minorities were treated when he was a player and now that he’s sitting across the desk, he does the same by going along with this joke.

  13. IMO, the Rooney rule should only apply if you are interviewing more than one candidate.

    If the team knows who they are going to hire… why waste peoples time with the Rooney rule?

  14. Awesome, they interviewed two minority candidates simply to fill a quota!!! I bet it feels great knowing you have no chance at getting the job you are interviewing for. All joking aside, the Raiders brass believes that Jon Gruden is still a good coach. And not only that, but they think he is the best coach available and is an improvement over Jack Del Rio. So with that in mind, why would the Raiders interview anyone else for the job?
    Makes no sense. Teams will hire the best man for the job regardless of the skin color. It’s not like a team is going to refuse to hire a great coach simply because he isn’t white.

  15. Cracks me up hearing about how those bad Raiders are making a mockery the Rooney Rule (yes the team who hired a couple firsts – Shell, Flores and Trask sound familiar?). So now if the minority GM doesn’t check the box and interview a minority HC – who has no chance of getting the job as the company has targeted their desired ‘name’ candidate – everyone is up in arms.

    Whatever….one of these days every team will get a Lombardi Trophy at years end and every player will win the MVP so no one gets offended.

  16. magikskillz says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:48 am
    Awesome, they interviewed two minority candidates simply to fill a quota!!! I bet it feels great knowing you have no chance at getting the job you are interviewing for.
    ————-
    There are reasons in just about every profession to interview for jobs you have no chance of getting.

  17. As much as I hate affirmative action because a racist policy to combat racism is inherently racist. But that’s a story for another day. The Steelers wanted to hire Ken wisenhunt in 2007 before tomlin interviewed.

  18. Makes no sense. Teams will hire the best man for the job regardless of the skin color. It’s not like a team is going to refuse to hire a great coach simply because he isn’t white.
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    Yeah, you’d think so, yet how many minority coaches were there 20 years ago? Even now, in a sport that is utterly dominated by minority players, the number of minority coaches isn’t very high.
    So yeah, we still have the pantomime, but it isn’t a real quota system – they aren’t forced to hire x% black people, y% Hispanic people, etc. – but the interviews do highlight minority candidates who want the job and may be qualified, and the teams remember these guys the next time around.
    Interviewing an extra candidate from time to time isn’t a high price to pay for reducing racial tensions in a league that has a history of racial problems. (See the Bob McNair/Troy Vincent kerfuffle as evidence that racial mistrust isn’t dead in the NFL)

  19. So the teams did their job but the national media didn’t. Sounds about right. They did the same thing to Cleveland over their GM job without actually confirming first (even though people in the comment section from Cleveland even stated they did because local media actually did fact check first apparently) as well

  20. “Hey Bobby, we need you to tell the league that we interviewed you for a job that you have no chance of getting…oh, and this envelope is for you. We will give you another one once you have talked to the league.” wink wink.

  21. genericcommenter says:
    January 5, 2018 at 6:54 am
    magikskillz says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:48 am
    Awesome, they interviewed two minority candidates simply to fill a quota!!! I bet it feels great knowing you have no chance at getting the job you are interviewing for.
    ————-
    There are reasons in just about every profession to interview for jobs you have no chance of getting.

    Name one that is focused on race.

  22. yousoldout714 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Fritz is a name that screams diversity….

    jerruhjones says:
    January 5, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Waste of time and resources. Who pays Fritz?
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    I guess neither of you bozos have heard of Google. Fritz Pollard was the first black head coach in the NFL.

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