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Christopher L. Gasper

Diversity hiring in NFL takes a hit

INDIANAPOLIS — Art Shell’s hair is now like the team he played for — silver and black. Those were the only colors that late Raiders owner Al Davis cared about 24 years ago when he made the Raiders Hall of Fame left tackle the first African-American coach in the modern-era NFL.

The color that minority coaches, scouts, and front office personnel are seeing these days is red after an offseason in which eight head coaching vacancies and seven general manager jobs were filled without a single minority hire.

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