Raiders hire Alabama's Derrick Ansley to coach secondary

Raiders hire Alabama's Derrick Ansley to coach secondary

After a disappointing 6-10 season, the Oakland Raiders have decided to make some major changes to the coaching staff. Ansley is no longer listed as a part of Alabama's coaching staff on the team's website.

Fritz Pollard Alliance counsels Cyrus Mehri and N. Jeremi Duru expressed concern that Raiders owner Mark Davis may have struck a deal with Gruden before the team interviewed any minority candidates as required by the league.

Davis said Tuesday at the news conference introducing Gruden that he had been trying to make the move for six years and finally believed it would happen after a meeting in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve. In a way, it led to a bogged down offense under former head coach Jack Del Rio. Those candidates were Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and Southern California offensive coordinator Tee Martin.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It will be his first coaching position in the NFL. He posted a 38-26 regular-season record (40-28 overall) from 1998-2001 and guided the team to a pair of playoff berths, including appearances in the AFC Championship Game in his last two seasons.

The NFL has yet to address the FPA's statement, but Raiders could be in hot water here. Gannon also won his only NFL MVP award in 2002 which was the season after Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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.