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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

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.