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Silver Minings: Art Shell says lack of Black NFL head coaches ‘has to be corrected’

Former tackle was Raiders’ head coach from 1989 to ‘94 under Al Davis

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Arizona Cardinals vs Oakland Raiders - October 22, 2006
Art Shell as Raiders coach in 2006
Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary

The Las Vegas Raiders’ website has a special interview with Hall of Famer Art Shell and he made powerful comments on the lack of Black head coaches in the NFL.

This is worth watching:

Shell, who was a superstar tackle for the Raiders, became the first modern-day Black head coach in the NFL in 1989. He stayed through the 1994 season and came back for a one-year stint as a head coach in 2006.

Shell’s words need to be heard. Owners and general managers around the league need to hear these blunt thoughts from a coaching pioneer and you have to love his story about Al Davis.

The Raiders have made a lot of history in the NFL and this is an opportunity to soak in meaningful thoughts from a key figure in team history.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • More mock draft talk: The Athletic has its latest NFL mock draft.
  • Happy birthday to a legend: Raiders’ Hall of Fame wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff turned 78 Tuesday.
  • New top 50 list: NFL Media has its new top 50 NFL draft prospect list available.
  • Great video: Here is a look at Charles Woodson’s first visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in November. He will be inducted this summer.