Fritz Pollard Alliance: Jon Gruden’s resignation proves hiring processes should be more thoughtful, deliberate

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The Fritz Pollard Alliance previously expressed hope for a “remedy commensurate” with Jon Gruden’s “painful words” regarding NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith. Now that Gruden has resigned, FPA executive director Rod Graves has issued a statement acknowledging the development.

“Jon Gruden’s exit reminds us why leadership positions in the National Football League should be more thoughtfully and deliberately filled with men and women who can provide the proper representation,” Graves said in a statement issued on Tuesday. “The NFL and Las Vegas Raiders ownership responded appropriately by accepting the resignation of Gruden for his shameful and inexcusable behavior, which is why we look forward to continuing our work to help them ensure that they are taking the right path forward with future hiring decisions and processes.

“There is no place for head coaches who secretly — or brazenly — share Gruden’s small mindedness. We encourage in-depth due diligence and benchmark best practices on all levels when offering positions of leadership. It is imperative that all candidates espouse the values consistent with the responsibilities. The mission of the Fritz Pollard Alliance is to work continuously to ensure that the policies and procedures of the NFL promote the best interest of the game.”

The Raiders will now have an extended opportunity to search for the franchise’s next head coach.

10 responses to “Fritz Pollard Alliance: Jon Gruden’s resignation proves hiring processes should be more thoughtful, deliberate

  1. Is there any place for head coaches who do the following?
    -bar fights
    -shoving a firefighter
    -grabbed a female parking attendant by the neck and threatened her
    -DUI charge in addition to driver’s license suspended after numerous violations

  2. What a load of nonsense. Chucky’s inexplicable comments aside, I haver never once heard of a hiring procedure that involves reading a candidate’s personal emails. These guys at Fritz Pollard just talk because someone puts a microphone in front of them and they gotta say -something-.

  3. amaf22 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 8:01 pm
    Is there any place for head coaches who do the following?
    -bar fights
    -shoving a firefighter
    -grabbed a female parking attendant by the neck and threatened her
    -DUI charge in addition to driver’s license suspended after numerous violations

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    So based on this, 1/5 of the players should be removed from the league immediately. And probably 1/5 of the coaches.

  4. So the team that hired the first black head coach, Latino head coach and the first female executive needs to be lectured about having a better inclusive hiring process? Give me a break. If there is one team that shouldn’t be questioned it’s probably the raiders.

  5. Just another reason this FPA is a joke..love to see their response the first time a team owner asks a black candidate to show them all their personal emails from the last 20 years

  6. “Hiring process should be more thoughtful, deliberate” but go ahead and hand the biggest platform in the world, the super bowl halftime show, to Snoop Dogg. Insane. I have no problem with Gruden getting bounced, but why is Snoop Dogg ok? Lyrics aside, this guy is on record for saying and doing awful, awful, things.
    Florio- you have a big platform too, do the right thing and address this.

  7. “Hiring process should be more thoughtful, deliberate” but go ahead and hand the biggest platform in the world, the super bowl halftime show, to Snoop Dogg. Insane. I have no problem with Gruden getting bounced, but why is Snoop Dogg ok? Lyrics aside, this guy is on record for saying and doing awful, awful, things.
    Florio- you have a big platform too, do the right thing and address this.

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    He absolutely won’t, but he definitely should. Well said.

  8. Chucky is the NFL and has been for the past 25 years. If the NFL truly believes in justice they’ll release all the email and any correspondence the LEAGUE office had with the owners of the WFT.

  9. In all things good SOPs and good repeatable practices yield the best results over time. That’s why when you come across a good way to do something, make something, teach something you stick with it and refine it over time and repetirion. The Raiders didn’t appear to do any search at all. They had chosen the man because of the connection to the past and did no due diligence to make sure they were hiring the best candidate. If you don’t spend the time, and do it right, no matter the preconceived notion you can end up looking foolish. The Raiders have. Cast a broad net and pick the best person without prejudice or personal affinity or choosing before it starts. Or they can repeat the mistakes of the past over and over again.

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