Updated: August 8, 2014
By:- Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
Last year African American quarterbacks reached for the stars with success. One weekend on the grit-iron ten Black quarterbacks started and garnered a 7-1 record with two injuries and two no decisions in week number seven. That is history but the American Sports media did not even notice or ignored the event completely.
As we begin the 2014 season we have one additional African American Head Coach with the re-hiring of Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay and Jim Caldwell in Detroit. The Tony Dungy Tree and the Tampa Two Defense are alive and well.
Lovie Smith and Jim Caldwell led their previous respective teams to Super Bowl appearances. Lovie Smith with the Chicago Bears and Jim Caldwell with the Indianapolis Colts.
Last year The Kansas City Chiefs released Romeno Crennel at the end of the 2012-13 season. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid took over the position in 2013-14 guiding the Kansas City Chiefs to a 9-0 record with ex 49er quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs fell flat in the 2nd half of the season and limping into the playoffs. The Indianapolis Colts end their season in a tough Wild Card game 45-44.
There is a new African American General Manager, the Arizona Cardinals, Rod Graves and The Football Cardinals are going in a different direction in 2014 .
The Number of African American quarterbacks remain a mystery to many who follow the National Football League.
Remember there are 30 teams in the league and most teams carry three or more quarterbacks on their squads. That is a total of over 90 quarterbacks.
 This year during training camp the Seattle Seahawks carried five Black quarterbacks dubbing them the Jackson 5 including Super Bowl Champion Russell Wilson. The Seahawks entered the history books and again it was not noted.
There are currently 20 Black quarterbacks with three free agents, an increase of six from last year.
*Projected Starting Black Quarterbacks- 6*
*1) Russell Wilson– Seattle Seahawks- *
2) Tavares Jackson- Seattle Seahawks
3) Terrell Pryor– Seattle Seahawks
4) B.J. Daniels- Seattle Seahawks
5) Keith Price- Seattle Seahawks
*6) Cam Newton- Carolina Panthers-*
7) Joe Webb-Carolina Panthers
*8) Colin Kaepernick-San Francisco 49ers-*
9) Josh Johnson-San Francisco 49ers-
*10) Geno Smith- New York Jets- *
11) Michael Vick- New York Jets-
12) Tajh Boyd- New York Jets
*13) E.J. Manuel-Buffalo Bills- *
14) Thad Lewis- Buffalo Bills
15) Dennis Dixon- Buffalo Bills
16) James Franklin- Detroit Lions
*17) Robert Griffin III– The Washington Football Club-*
 18) Jason Campbell– Free Agent-
 19) Josh Freeman- Free Agent-
20)  Vince Young– Free Agent
21) Teddy Bridgewater- Minnesota Vikings
22) Tyrod Taylor-Baltimore Ravens
23) Stephan Johnson-Jacksonville Jaguars
Black Head Coaches- 4
radRon Rivera- Carolina Panthers-Latin Head Coach
Marvin Lewis – Cincinnati Bengals-.
Mike Tomlin– Pittsburgh Steelers-
Jim Caldwell– Detroit Lions
Lovie Smith– Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Black General Managers-6
Detroit Lion Martin Mayhew
Baltimore Raven Ozzie Newsome-
 Oakland Raider Reggie McKenzie
 The New York Football Giant Jerry Reese
 Houston Texan Rick Smith-
Arizona Cardinal-Rod Graves
Black Ownership -0
Black ownership should be addressed by The National Football League.
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