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Ray Sherman to satisfy Rooney Rule, again

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The Cowboys “interviewed” then-receivers coach Ray Sherman for their head coaching vacancy on January 4, and by January 6 they’d named Jason Garrett to the position. Sherman, an African American, was used to satisfy the Rooney Rule for Dallas owner Jerry Jones.

Sherman will do the same for the Titans.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Tennessee has scheduled an interview with Sherman for its head coaching vacancy. Titans owner Bud Adams can proceed with the widely anticipated promotion of offensive line coach Mike Munchak to head coach after Sherman’s interview.

While Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is often pointed to as an example of the Rooney Rule’s efficacy, coaches like Sherman and Perry Fewell might disagree.

Sherman can only hope that his string of seemingly token interviews pays off as Leslie Frazier and Ron Rivera’s did. Or that it gets him a job at any level.

Garrett did not retain Sherman when constructing his staff in Dallas, and he is currently a free agent.

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  1. tatum064 says: Jan 31, 2011 4:16 PM

    Its only done as a band-aid against decades of racism against athletes ,who basically built the league, but failed to get bids in ownership. Their forefathers would be embarrassed their sacrifices were ruined by the likes of the Antonio Cromarties, Albert Haynesworth’s etc.

  2. waitingguilty says: Jan 31, 2011 4:18 PM

    You guys love to beat this “Token interview” horse to death don’t you?

    Each interview at this level is a learning experience for guys like Sherman, not to mention the networking opportunities to get in front of owners/GMs from so many teams.

    I don’t agree with the Rooney rule as it’s currently written, but you can’t fault teams or coaches who “play the game” under these circumstances.

  3. Nathan says: Jan 31, 2011 4:18 PM

    Is there a score sheet on how many times a couch has been the Rooney Rule interviewee…

    It could be like the police blotter one and the winner can get a free PFT t-shirt

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 31, 2011 4:19 PM

    On a positive note, just think of all the frequent flier miles he’ll accrue being the go-to Rooney Rule interview this year!

  5. kellyb9 says: Jan 31, 2011 4:19 PM

    “While Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is often pointed to as an example of the Rooney Rule’s efficacy, coaches like Sherman and Perry Fewell might disagree.” So? The guy who invented the rule created his own example of a practical application of the rule with an already established team. I understand the point of the rule, but when applied to most teams that already have good idea of who they are hiring, it’s simply downright offensive.

  6. chazzmon says: Jan 31, 2011 4:20 PM

    Does he get paid to do these bogus interviews? That’s the only way I would do it if I were him.

  7. mvp43 says: Jan 31, 2011 4:21 PM

    This rule is a joke……….

    No way in hell Sherman gets this job and everyone knows it. He should refuse the interview. I can understand the premise of the rule, but it has turned into a big embarrasment.

  8. hobartbaker says: Jan 31, 2011 4:25 PM

    One more time and it will be officially known as the “Ray Sherman Rule”.

  9. rgb2425 says: Jan 31, 2011 4:33 PM

    Don’t just focus on the negatives about this Mr. Silva.
    These assistant coaches are getting experience with head coaching interviews and it promotes their name each time they interview. I really don’t think that they have a problem with getting asked to be interviewed for an NFL head coaching job. No one is forcing them to interview.

  10. abshire22 says: Jan 31, 2011 4:36 PM

    Mike Tomlin was NOT a Rooney Rule hire.

  11. zombiebradshaw says: Jan 31, 2011 4:42 PM

    To cite tomlin as an example of the rule’s success is a slap in the face to everything he has accomplished. Tomlin would have gotten that job regardless of some stupid rooney rule, because he was the best man qualified.

    To these owners, the bad publicity is a bigger problem then a 250k fine. dump the rule, and if any of them are racists, let them pass the next mike tomlin on to the next team.

  12. burntorangehorn says: Jan 31, 2011 4:49 PM

    The teams obviously bear most of the responsibility for circumventing the rule, but guys like Ray Sherman have to know that they’re just hurting themselves and other “minority” coaches by agreeing to interview. By agreeing to be the token interviewee with no chance of getting the job, they’re enabling teams who won’t even consider minority candidates.

  13. mantastic54 says: Jan 31, 2011 4:49 PM

    I don’t see what the big deal is, it’s not like these token minority candidates are being forced into going to these interviews

  14. mborz says: Jan 31, 2011 4:51 PM

    I think it’s time for this rule to be retired.

    At the time the rule was established, there had only been 6 African American head coaches, ever.

    Additionally, at the time it was established, there were only 2 current head coaches who were African American.

    Currently, 22% of NFL coaches are African American (7). So we now have more current African American coaches than we’d ever had total before the rule was put in place.

    Of the 4 teams this year in the conference championship round, 2 of them (50%) had African American coaches.

    Of the recent openings, two of them went to African American coaches (Leslie Frazier and Hue Jackson).

    I think there’s enough proof there that people are accepting of the fact that a good coach is a good coach. Period.

  15. hobartbaker says: Jan 31, 2011 4:56 PM

    Yeah, Tomlin wasn’t hired due to the Rooney Rule. He got in under the Looney Rule which stresses employment equality for the borderline sociopaths in our society.

  16. thestrunzo says: Jan 31, 2011 4:58 PM

    I heard a rumor that he’s quitting coaching to become the new voice of Token from South Park.

  17. therealjcannon says: Jan 31, 2011 4:59 PM

    Seven of the last ten Super Bowls have featured an African American General Manager or Head Coach. The Rooney rule is working.

  18. jrs2300 says: Jan 31, 2011 5:04 PM

    alot of people never ask themselves… How many interviews I would go to if I knew I wasn’t going to get the job ? – Maybe Sherman goes and gets the Offensive Coordinators job ? or the Wr’s job… So should Sherman just say no ?

    Plus it puts him in front of another League Voice that will vouch for him and say good things for the chance that the time is right for a team that is considering him for a head coaching job…

    Truth is … this happens to alot of guys… black or white… how many interviews did Kubiak had to go on ? do people remember that ?

    I remember when Belichick was interviewing for jobs and Parcells wouldn’t give the team permission… So it’s about how many people can you be around so that the connections get you a job…

  19. jrs2300 says: Jan 31, 2011 5:10 PM

    abshire22 says..
    Mike Tomlin was NOT a Rooney Rule hire.

    Actually he was Abshire…

    the Candidates were
    Offensive Coordinator Whisenhunt
    Offensive Line Coach Russ Grimm

    They were both on the staff that won the superbowl and everyone knew it would be one of the two… But they had to satisfy the Rooney Rule… so they brought in highly touted 4-3 Defensive Coordinator from Minnesota Mike Tomlin..

    he was the only person of color interviewed… Then he beat the two assistants out for the job..

  20. JimmySmith says: Jan 31, 2011 5:15 PM

    No wonder Rooney is good buddies with Obama, they believe in this set aside quotas crap.

    The Rooney rule is the same as pissing inside your wet suit. It might give you a nice warm feeling overall but it doesn’t do anything toward accomplishing the real objective.

  21. daback9 says: Jan 31, 2011 5:19 PM

    Its great to sit in the peanut gallery and comment. The truth is none of you fantasy league GM’s\Owners have a clue what this man’s aspirations are as it relates to an NFL job. Its obviously that he wants a job in the league or he would not take these interviews.

  22. worstwebsiteever says: Jan 31, 2011 5:23 PM

    The Rooney Rule itself is racist. That is not opinion, but a statement of fact. It forces teams to interview at least one candidate based on skin color alone.

    Do you really think that, in this day and age, a team will pass up a more well-qualified monority candidate for a less- qualified white man? Never going to happen.

    Time to ditch the rule.

  23. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 31, 2011 5:26 PM

    Ray Sherman should become a professional interviewee.

    Pay him a few grand to interview him, then hire the white guy you fired the other white guy for in the first play.

  24. tatum064 says: Jan 31, 2011 5:27 PM

    hobartbaker says: Jan 31, 2011 4:56 PM

    Yeah, Tomlin wasn’t hired due to the Rooney Rule. He got in under the Looney Rule which stresses employment equality for the borderline sociopaths in our society.
    ===============================

    Yes, Jet fan, we know you’re mad you lost…..

  25. Joe Caffrey says: Jan 31, 2011 5:35 PM

    8 out of the current 31 head coaches are African American/Hispanic. That’s ~26% of coaches. According to the US Census ~29% of the US population is either African American/Hispanic.

    To quote Jeezy, “Our president is black, my lambo is blue.”

    The Rooney Rule was needed at the time of it’s installment and has done good things for minority candidates. If we want true equality however, we should not see a minority candidate as a minority candidate, but just another coach. In order to do so, the Rooney Rule should be done away with.

  26. gorilladunk says: Jan 31, 2011 5:41 PM

    I suppose the 49ers, Broncos and Browns are all had “sham” interviews since they basically went out and hired the guy they wanted. In the Cowboys case, however, they hired a coordinator already on the staff. I wish one of the “mental midgets” on the PFT payroll would explain to me exactly what was Jerry Jones supposed to do? He pinpointed the guy he wanted to be his next head coach three years ago. The opportunity to promote him came up, and he made the move. Based on the performance of the Cowboys the second half of the season, he made the correct hire. If it wasn’t for league rules, guys like Sherman wouldn’t be subjected to this. That is the league’s fault, not Jerry Jones, Bud Adams, the York family or Pat Bowlen.

  27. mksnpcola says: Jan 31, 2011 5:44 PM

    The rule is a joke and not for the reasons anyone wants to say. If I were a Billionaire owner of an organization and I were looking to hire a director of a division of that organization I might only interview ONE person. I might interview more but it should be MY option. To tell me at that level that my candidates have to be of any certain ethnic background is stupid. If Tomlin were available and Jerry Jones wanted him, would he have to interview a token white guy? Want to be treated equal? Stop bringing up racism for everything you don’t like.

  28. nfl4ever says: Jan 31, 2011 5:49 PM

    tatum064 says:
    Jan 31, 2011 4:16 PM
    Its only done as a band-aid against decades of racism against athletes ,who basically built the league, but failed to get bids in ownership. Their forefathers would be embarrassed their sacrifices were ruined by the likes of the Antonio Cromarties, Albert Haynesworth’s etc.
    ——————————————————
    Curly Lambeau Arnie Herber, Sid Luckman, Bronko Nagurski, Don Hutson and Sammy Baugh helped build the league too and didn’t get any ownership bids either.

  29. abshire22 says: Jan 31, 2011 5:51 PM

    jrs2300 go back and check your facts. In addition to the 2 you named there was also a hispanic coach interviewed, satisfying the Rooney Rule. Tomlin was brought in as a last minute candidate and did exceptionally well in the interview, landing the job.

  30. thetooloftools says: Jan 31, 2011 5:54 PM

    I think they should also be forced to interview 1 oriental, 1 Hindu Indian, 1 Mecican /American and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

  31. nickynick04 says: Jan 31, 2011 6:14 PM

    Hey The Vikings are not going to the Super Bowl again…Ha Ha Ha Nor The Eagles…DOUBLE Ha Ha HA …..after Urlacher’s post game comments,,guess what…The Bears are not going either…..Tee Hee…Tee Hee…

  32. aldavisisthenfl says: Jan 31, 2011 6:15 PM

    I think that since we now have a black President we should do away with all this crap.

    May the best man win……because he is the best……

    Davis’ mantra……

    To you naysayers I ask this: Who would you want operate on you in a life or death situation?

    The best available Doctor or the guy that got accepted to Med school because they needed a “token”……

  33. Darth Goodell says: Jan 31, 2011 6:23 PM

    He should retire from coaching and market his services as a “Rooney Rule Compliance Engineer”. Teams that have already picked out a white HC can pay him to show up and undergo bogus interviews to fulfill the quota.

  34. chapnastier says: Jan 31, 2011 6:39 PM

    I wonder what is more offensive… being called to an interview just because of the color of skin with absolutely little to no consideration for your actual talents or having a website say you aren’t worthy of the position so teams are making you the token guy? This websites obsession with the Rooney Rule is insane. NO WHERE else do you ever hear of it being mentioned. What makes things worse is they don’t have to answer to us, its readers. Lord knows several hundred have asked them why they are obsessed with it.

  35. really2011 says: Jan 31, 2011 6:57 PM

    Do you really think that, in this day and age, a team will pass up a more well-qualified monority candidate for a less- qualified white man?
    ————————————————–

    Yep happens everyday in Corporate America. Sometimes on purpose, others ue to lack of exposure but it still happens.

    abshire22 says..
    Mike Tomlin was NOT a Rooney Rule hire.

    ————————————————–au contraire mon frere – it absolutely was. Whis or Grimm were considered shoe ins for the job.

    Bottom line is that no company turns the keys over without hiring not only a qualified candidate but one they feel “fits”, “can be trusted”, and “is credible.” All of this comes from networking and that comes from exposure. It’s a lot easier to get promoted inside your company as opposed to getting a promotion as a new hire at a new company.

  36. spyboots says: Jan 31, 2011 7:09 PM

    Ron Rivera satisfied the Rooney Rule; he was interviewed before Tomlin.

  37. amuzed2dth says: Jan 31, 2011 7:21 PM

    Titans should hire Coach Sherman, it would be good for their image.
    Most of the players are black, many of the season ticket holders are black. Nashville is more diverse than some may believe.
    The fans just want a winner.
    If in the next couple of years if he doesn’t work out replace him.
    Just stop jerking the guy around.

  38. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 31, 2011 7:21 PM

    “aldavisisthenfl says: Jan 31, 2011 6:15 PM
    I think that since we now have a black President we should do away with all this crap.”

    The same black president who is derided and attacked every single time he opens his mouth or attempts to initiate anything?

    Jesus, even in the midterm elections, candidates were openly and brazenly attacking him and candidates who were aligned with him.

    You NEVER saw that when Bush was running this country into the ground.

    So….I don’t think pointing to our black president is really a great point in this situation.

  39. freedomispopular says: Jan 31, 2011 8:04 PM

    Approximately one third of the population of the US is minorities. Approximately one third of the coaches in the NFL are minorities. Please remind me…what exactly isn’t fair about that?

  40. dccowboy says: Jan 31, 2011 10:45 PM

    The Cowboys also ‘interviewed’ Todd Bowles. So they interviewed TWO minorities.

    The Rooney ‘rule’ doesn’t state that the person interviewed has to get the job, or even have a ‘legitimate’ chance to get the job, it merely states that a ‘minority’ (read that as ‘Black’ since no other ‘minority’ has ever ‘satisfied’ the Rooney rule) must be interviewed. That is the sole purpose of the rule, to get Black coaches exposure to Owners in the interview process, it isn’t to force Owners to hire guys they don’t want.

  41. burntorangehorn says: Feb 1, 2011 12:27 AM

    Idiot rubes can’t even comment on this topic without bringing up the president. Sure, I’m really convinced racism isn’t an issue with you guys.

  42. mystereo says: Feb 1, 2011 2:21 AM

    The Rooney Rule will be around as long as teams keep making the monumental mistake of hiring three-time loser Norv Turner.

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