Under Ansley's command, the Crimson Tide allowed just 165.7 passing yards per game, and after a season that once again saw Oakland's secondary get roasted, this looks like another strong pickup for new head coach Jon Gruden.
The Raiders may have jumped for Jon Gruden too early.
Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and capturing Super Bowl XXXVII. "I didn't think it would be fair to myself, my family or even to Jon not to be all in in with him". Gruden's pending hire was the worst-kept secret in football, especially after Oakland canned coach Jack Del Rio immediately upon the season's close.
The Raiders hired Gruden and signed him to a 10-year contract this week.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance has promoted equal opportunities for minorities in National Football League hiring since its founding in 2003.
The NFL has yet to address the FPA's statement, but Raiders could be in hot water here.
Davis also said he had been pursuing Gruden since taking ownership of the team from his late father, Al, six years ago. "And this time he didn't waver, either". Davis also said he wouldn't have fired Del Rio if he didn't believe Gruden would take the job.
Mehri acknowledged Al Davis, the Raiders' principal owner and general manager until his death in 2011, was a pioneer in minority hiring. Those candidates were Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.