Mark Davis says Rooney Rule “not necessary for the Raiders”

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The NFL strengthened the Rooney Rule a year after the Raiders didn’t follow the spirit of the rule in the hiring of Jon Gruden. The Raiders now will have to abide by the new rule in their hiring of a General Manager.

Raiders owner Mark Davis defended himself and his franchise by pointing out that recently fired G.M. Reggie McKenzie, who is African-American, was his first hire.

“On the Rooney Rule, obviously it must be necessary in society for some reason. It’s never been necessary for the Raiders,” Davis said Wednesday from the NFL owners meetings in Irving, Texas. “My first hire was Reggie McKenzie, and it wasn’t out of any. . . . I didn’t realize what color he was. He had red hair and freckles. I don’t work like that.

“But I think if they strengthen it, that’s great. And we’re going to follow that, just as we did last year. It’ll be a little more transparent this time.”

The Fritz Pollard Alliance complained that the Raiders made a sham of the Rooney Rule last year by agreeing with Gruden before the team fired Jack Del Rio and before it interviewed a minority candidate. The Raiders eventually interviewed then-USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin and tight ends coach Bobby Johnson.

The beefed up Rooney Rule will require involvement of a club’s final decision-maker throughout the interview process and an interview of a minority candidate from the NFL’s Career Development Advisory List or a candidate not currently employed by the team. Davis did not interview the Rooney Rule candidates last year.

The Raiders have yet to begin the interview process for McKenzie’s replacement.

“One of the issues we have right now is when you’re dealing with player personnel and the General Managers, they’re on a different schedule than the football team is,” Davis said. “The General Manager sees an end basically in April or May after they’ve drafted the players and after they’ve gotten through the first series of free agency. So right now, there’s a lot of people that are on other teams that may be suitable for the Raiders, but we can’t talk to them, and we won’t be able to talk to them until May or so. So right now we’re limited to talking to people who are not on other teams or in the college ranks or something of that nature. That’s the interesting part of this.”

56 responses to “Mark Davis says Rooney Rule “not necessary for the Raiders”

  1. Not gonna force me to interview who i want to interview, or hire who i want to hire.

  2. Did you hear that? He said he didn’t realize what color he was. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Stop pointing out the color of a man’s skin and hire the best available athlete.

  3. TIm Olney says:
    December 12, 2018 at 5:47 pm
    Did you hear that? He said he didn’t realize what color he was. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Stop pointing out the color of a man’s skin and hire the best available athlete

    Best available athlete as a coach or GM? It’s that kind of ignorance and intentional blindness that makes these types of rules necessary. To say that qualified minorities have never been passed over by old, racist white guys is what perpetuates the problem instead of getting rid of it altogether.

  4. For all the simple folks out there the rule is set to make share ppl of color at least get an interview…it doesnt mean you have to hire…cuz with the good ol boy network it would be easy to freeze them out…and only a fool of an owner wouldn’t automatically have a person of color in the mix for any jobs considering the number of blacks and Latinos in the league…if you would want someone who could relate to a good portion of players who best to coach them than someone who could relate…it’s an easy concept…stop being insecure and over emotional to a situation you will never be remotely close to being in haha

  5. I just think it’s terrible that everyone thinks everyone is racist without any evidence of racism. If Tony Dungy throws his hat in the available coaching pool, every team in need of a coach will likely be interested. Roughly 18 percent of NFL coaches are African American. 13 percent of the country is African American. Diversity for the sake of diversity is nonsensical at best. Hire the most qualified best fitting candidate. Push people to be excellent, not entitled victims.

  6. 585crownedking says:

    For all the simple folks out there the rule is set to make share ppl of color at least get an interview
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    And it results in sham interviews, keeps race relations poor and division alive.

  7. The Rooney Rule is pure PR, a belated PC overreaction to a 1970s problem, and weaponized tool for slinging mud. Case in point, Belichick was criticized by some for the O’Brien promotion, the McDaniels promotion, the McDaniels re-hire, the Scarnecchia re-hire – basically for every white guy hire without opening it to competition. And yet nothing was said about Flores becoming acting-coordinator, or when Crennel was brought back to NE for 4 years after being asked by Belichick despite not opening the vacancy to allow white guys to apply.

  8. Identity Politics…Good Lord…Hire the person with the best qualifications

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    Well that is the question isn’t it. Who is best qualified. Before the rule was put in there were a lot of highly qualified black coaches that would never get interviewed simply cause they were black.

    That being said though. If the organization only has 1 guy in mind who cares. If they interview more than 1 candidate then at least one needs to be a minority.

  9. Its ridiculous when you know you want one person and one person only. When Bob Kraft fired Pete Carroll, everyone knew he was only interested in some guy wearing a hoody.

  10. raidercode says:
    December 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm
    Dealing with racism by enforcing… racism?

    What happened to what’s inside that makes a person who they are?

    It died when PC, Outrage, and SJW culture popped up and shout to the heavens somethings racist or a million other “-ist” even when something isn’t.

  11. The first team to hire a minority coach, and a female executive being attacked over diversity….what a world

  12. Son-of-Al’s sense of entitlement and self-importance is common in people with inherited wealth who (by their own admission) have never worked a day in their lives.

  13. “Dealing with racism by enforcing… racism?” How is it racist to require teams to address the long standing exclusion of non-white candidates from having any entry into the coaching or management staffs in the NFL? All they are forced to do is to interview non-white candidates. Tell me how that is racist? There are a ton of qualified candidates out there who would never get a chance without the NFL enacting and enforcing this rule.

    Racism hasn’t ever been alleviated by telling people to treat everyone equally. Rules establishing equality have had to be enforced every friggin step of the way.

  14. Well he’s not wrong. At least not about this.

    The Raiders had the the first Latino head coach in Tom Flores, first modern era black head coach in Art Shell (twice, actually), first female executive in Amy Trask, 2 of the first minority QBs in Jim Plunkett and Vince Evans, etc.

    The Davis family is certainly odd and arguably incompetent in many ways, but they have always been socially progressive, even before it was PC to do so.

  15. Except you just fired a man of color in Reggie who drafted wonderfully and kept the white man who got rid of generational talent to sooth his ego.

  16. A rule that teams make a mockery of and work around all the time is a joke. Has it really got anyone a job that wasn’t in the running without it?

  17. The Rooney Rule isn’t necessary at all. Let racist teams handicap themselves by automatically disqualifying People of Color. Those that aren’t racist thus have a competitive advantage.

    The solution to racism isn’t racism going the other way. The solution is race not being a factor at all.

  18. The Rooney rule is responsible for giving us head coaching gems like Hue Jackson and Vance Joseph.

  19. Al Davis and the Raiders have beem inclusive on every level of the team for decades.

    Art Shell, Tom Flores and Amy Trask immediately come to mind.

    The Raiders should be able to hire as they please, The Fritz Pollard Alliance can pound sand.

  20. Davis is so dumb & so lucky his dad gave him a team. Did he just say we don’t need a GM until May ( after the draft) and “we can’t talk to anyone till May”? LOL He does realize that the Super Bowl is in Jan??

  21. thrifty says:
    December 12, 2018 at 8:19 pm
    The Rooney rule is responsible for giving us head coaching gems like Hue Jackson and Vance Joseph.

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    Versus what. Trailblazers like June Jones, Dennis Erickson, Rod Rust, Marty Mornhinweg, or David Shula.

  22. The entire point of the Rooney Rule is to get non traditional candidates (minorities) onto the radar of teams once the canadiates start being interviewed. So even if they don’t get the first job they are considered a viable candidate by others and are more likely to get a job.

    When teams like the raiders don’t buy in to this then there isn’t a point for the system.

    In my opinion either the league needs to end the rule (as the majority of MAGA fans would like) or they need to ensure that the spirit of the rule is enforced and teams aren’t able to skate by the rule by interviewing non-viable candidates.

  23. You can keep saying how the rule is racist and unnecessary all you want, but the fact remains that minority coaches represented 3% of NFL before the rule and 22% after. The rule also reflected the firing of Dennis Green who had 8 play off appearances in 9 seasons and was fired after his first losing season in a 10 year career. Now compare that to a Jeff Fisher, and tell me how minority coaches get the same benefit of the doubt of their white counter parts. The rule forces owners to consider people despite their race, and yes it often leads to BS interviews but it has led to more minority coaches in the NFL than any other point in history. Which means two things. There was racism involved in coaching hires prior to the rule. The rule has mitigated that racism.

  24. The Rooney rule is a good rule, because even if teams end up having to give perfunctory interviews with black coaches that they have no intention of hiring, that still gives those coaches experience going through the interview process and if they interview well they may stick in somebody’s mind as a possible candidate for a different job down the line.

  25. The very proponents of the Rooney Rule are the same ones bashing Doug Williams…one of the few minorities in a senior executive position…

  26. How about the Bird rule… more white players in the NBA.
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    You just illustrated the value of the Rooney rule. Never was Bird not hired because he was white. He was qualified and could play. The NBA or any other basketball league invited him to play.. He traveled with the team and slept and ate in the team hotel peacefully. Go ask Bill Russell about his treatment. Ask Jackie Robinson about how qualified he was and no one in MLB let him play…until things changed. If you don’t have a chance to compete/interview how can you prove yourself? Larry Bird had no such hurdle. All white players that can play are in the NBA…all of them.

  27. bam5239

    “Now compare that to a Jeff Fisher, and tell me how minority coaches get the same benefit of the doubt of their white counter parts. ”

    Lets turn it around, how come Marvin Lewis has survived so long in Cincinnati then ? Hes a black coach who has been at that team wayyyy too long. So for every Jeff Fisher signing theres also the Marvin Lewis situation

  28. All of you commenting that it is a stupid rule have obviously never heard of the good ol boy network. Or have never wondered why terrible coaches continue to get jobs.

  29. moosejawman says:
    December 12, 2018 at 5:42 pm
    Identity Politics…Good Lord…Hire the person with the best qualifications

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    Well he hired Jon Gruden so obviously that’s a lost cause.

  30. thrifty says:
    December 12, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    The Rooney rule is responsible for giving us head coaching gems like Hue Jackson and Vance Joseph.
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    The Rooney rule only calls for interviews, it says nothing about hires.

  31. Unnecessary rule in today’s society. If a team owner has to choose between a coach that will win and one that doesn’t, it’s a business decision. Race won’t enter the equation. If it does, the franchise is doomed already.

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