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Ray Sherman won’t interview with Titans, Jim Mora wants to

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Ray Sherman is apparently not going to serve as a token interview for the Tennessee Titans, who need to satisfy the Rooney Rule by interviewing a minority candidate before hiring their next head coach.

Despite a Monday report from ESPN saying that Sherman had agreed to interview for the Titans’ vacancy, Sherman told the Tennessean that’s not the case.

All indications are that the Titans are planning to hire from within, most likely by making offensive line coach Mike Munchak their next head coach. If the Titans have already decided on Munchak but are just looking to interview a minority, then they’re following the letter of the Rooney Rule but not the spirit.

Meanwhile, one former NFL head coach is hoping the Titans haven’t already decided to hire Munchak: Jim Mora Jr., who says he’d love to get a call from the team.

“If they were to express interest, I would certainly be interested,” Mora said.

But the Titans don’t appear to be interested in anyone other than Munchak.

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26 Responses to “Ray Sherman won’t interview with Titans, Jim Mora wants to”
  1. dfeltz says: Feb 2, 2011 9:01 AM

    Jim Mora doesn’t deserve a HC position.

  2. cmstrick says: Feb 2, 2011 9:08 AM

    Good for Ray. If more minority candidates refused to be the “token interview” for jobs they knew they weren’t going to get, maybe this idiotic and ineffective rule can finally be taken off the books.

  3. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 2, 2011 9:10 AM

    Sorry Jim, we need a candidate with a slightly different set of qualifications than you…somebody call Dennis Green and ask him if he’ll prostitute himself like he done for Jerrah that time……

  4. bigguynflfan says: Feb 2, 2011 9:10 AM

    Wouldn’t it be great if all minority coaches banded together and refused to interview for the Titans job. I understand where Ray Sherman is coming from. Who wants to go interview for a job they know they will not get?

  5. wtfru2 says: Feb 2, 2011 9:13 AM

    Now they have to find their token Rooney rule candidate, also from within. Or will Bud just thumb his nose at the whole thing? It’s a joke anyway…..

  6. donterrelli says: Feb 2, 2011 9:17 AM

    Rooney Rule doesn’t deserve to exist.

  7. 420fan says: Feb 2, 2011 9:17 AM

    Why do we have a rooney rule if everyone just sidesteps it?

  8. stoutfiles says: Feb 2, 2011 9:24 AM

    Good for Sherman. It’s about time minority candidates stop going to pretend interviews to satisfy this stupid rule.

  9. chapnastier says: Feb 2, 2011 9:29 AM

    I’m sorry who the heck are you to claim you know the true intentions of the Titans? Do you have inside knowledge from a credible source that actually told you they were bringing Sherman in for a “token” interview? It is clear you guys don’t respect the “man’s” abilities or coaching experience and unless someone actually told you that it was a token interview, I find it dangerous and a clear lack of journalistic integrity to claim it as one. If I were the Titans I would sue you for slander. Unfortunately I am just an average schmo who can call a spade a spade.

  10. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 2, 2011 9:43 AM

    I think we’ve had enough black head coaches in this league for this rule to be tossed out by now. If you can coach, you’re a head coach – NO ONE cares what race you are (Well, except Dallas. Hell will freeze over before Dallas has anything but a white head coach). Tomlin, Lovie, Marvin, Dennis Green, Hue, Frazier, Raheem, Caldwell… Obama. lol I think we’ve established that everyone gets a fair shot at just about anything now-a-days.

    We should have a Sehorn Rule next. We need more white cornerbacks in the NFL. I think the NFL is treating white cornerbacks unfairly.

  11. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 2, 2011 9:44 AM

    Bring in the Giants defensive coordinator, Fewell. He’s Ray Sherman’s backup for the Rooney Rule.

  12. realitypolice says: Feb 2, 2011 9:50 AM

    @chapnastier:

    You’re joking, right? Please tell me you’re joking.

    Every media outlet in America has speculated that Munchak is the choice.

    Every talking head, every columnist, every expert that has expressed an opinion has said that Munchak is getting the job and ALL other interviews are window dressing.

    The Titans lawyers better get busy. They’ve got an awful lot of lawsuits to file.

  13. anarchopurplism says: Feb 2, 2011 10:12 AM

    Having a rule that forces teams to interview minority-candidates gives an unfair advantage to lesser-known, up-&-coming coaching candidates. These interviews serve as great face-time for the candidate to increase his profile and learn from the experience at being considered.

    Did we not learn this principal from college guidance counselors & job-finding aids?

    What is so funny is that this rule was designed to “prevent unfair advantages” and in doing so, provides an unfair advantage. The rule itself promotes racism.

    Cue: illogical liberal emotion and name-calling.

  14. chapnastier says: Feb 2, 2011 10:33 AM

    @ realitypolice

    It’s the point. I understand what you are saying but this website is obsessed with this rule. If I was Sherman, or any other minority I would be a little pissed off about it.

  15. larf003 says: Feb 2, 2011 10:35 AM

    Quick aside about the inherent racism present in the Rooney rule. (Though it remains to be seen whether this post gets deleted or not). What if Jim Mora Jr. were to interview for the job w/ black face makeup on to satisfy the “Rooney rule.” There would be bellyaching NATIONWIDE w/ the liberal media slobbering all over themselves wringing their hands. WHY? Because a “white person” dared to blaspheme against the sacred “Rooney rule” by making a mockery out of it showing up like C. Thomas Howell in ‘Soul Man’ right?

    BUT if the color of the interviewee’s skin was the ONLY thing differentiating whether or not he satisfied the “Rooney rule,” then isn’t the very nature of that rule itself the VERY definition of RACISM??? Discuss.

  16. chapnastier says: Feb 2, 2011 10:47 AM

    @ larfoo3

    I don’t agree with your method but I definitely agree with your premise. Of course the outrageous stupidity of the rule may require something of equal outrageous stupidity to point out to those who either fail to, or refuse to recognize that the rule is indeed racist.

  17. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 2, 2011 10:58 AM

    Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should be PFT’s next guests. I’d love to hear their completely UNBIASED opinion on the matter!

  18. clownburger says: Feb 2, 2011 11:16 AM

    The only thing the “Rooney” rule does is makes any interview a black head coach gets referred to as a “token” interview. As though they wouldn’t be qualified otherwise.

    It’s insulting.

    The rule is stupid and not necessary.

    Do you think there is any black coach in this league who would NOT have his job right now if the Rooney rule was not in effect?
    Nonsense.

    You really think there are owners out there saying “Nope, I refuse to hire a black head coach!”

    C’mon.

  19. 11inthebox says: Feb 2, 2011 11:19 AM

    @ cmstrick, wtfru2, donterrelli, stoutfiles, berniemadoffsides, anarchopurplism, chapnastier, larf003:

    Wow. Such anger, bitterness, and misunderstanding. As there seems to be so much lost in translation, I’ll try to enlighten you gentlemen on some things.

    The Rooney Rule exists just to make sure minority candidates get an INTERVIEW. Not a job, not tenure, not a quota, just a freakin’ INTERVIEW. That’s all.

    Based on your defensive reactions, I’d assume that none of you gentlemen have any black friends, acquaintances, or family members. This also applies to the owners, most of whom are white.

    Now the most difficult part, and follow me here: see, just because you don’t have any black friends doesn’t make you racist. Its just that most people tend to associate with people who look like them and who have the same background. This is just a pratfall of basic social behavior. It is not an accusation of hateful or racist behavior. Does everyone get that?

    Okay, lets move on…

    But…if you’re in position to hire people, and you only know a few people, all of whom happen to be white, why not extend your search to include people you never would have met otherwise.

    Now, you don’t HAVE to hire them, but its always good business to have diversity, isn’t it? All business—whether it be the NFL insurance, politics, media, or financial consulting— involves people and personal relationships, right?

    So again, I ask you, what harm is there in sitting down with someone who doesn’t look like you and asking him questions? You get to meet someone you would have never met and he gets introduced to a circle of people from which he might normally be excluded. Everyone wins.

    So why are you guys so threatened?

  20. txttn says: Feb 2, 2011 11:26 AM

    This type of article drives me nuts. If you read the linked articles, Sherman DID NOT refuse an opportunity to interview – he has not even been contacted. This means the discussion about him as a “token” interview is completely irrelevant. The worst part is that Schefter reported Sherman would interview so Sherman gets asked every day – and has expressed interest, but the Titans have never called. He’s getting dragged around in this because of lazy, sloppy media reporting – some of which, like this article, which implies he’ll be a token interview before he’s even gotten a call. What if the Titans are bringing in a candidate that fulfills the Rooney Rule and ALSO is a legitimate candidate for the job? Is that not even possible anymore? I guess not since the media already knows who the Titans are hiring….

  21. watchthisjack says: Feb 2, 2011 12:04 PM

    This is the same as the situation a few years ago when everyone knew that the Lions would be hiring Steve Mariucci.
    No one would accept a “token” interview, and so they weren’t able to satisfy the rule and were, I believe, fined.
    Its a tough situation, because you have to move so fast to make sure that you get your man. When everyone knows who your man is, minority candidates refuse to do “token” interviews, thus forcing a team’s incompliance.
    The only thing this rule really does is ensure that management is more secretive about their hiring plans.

  22. chazzmon says: Feb 2, 2011 12:05 PM

    If Munchak was black they could hire him without talking to another candidate. You know maybe sometimes you hire someone because you think they’re the best candidate for the job. Because Munchak is white they have to interview someone else, seems like this rule needs a little tweaking.

  23. beerndonuts says: Feb 2, 2011 1:10 PM

    “If the Titans have already decided on Munchak but are just looking to interview a minority, then they’re following the letter of the Rooney Rule but not the spirit.”

    I believe that the letter of the Rooney Rule is the only part that counts.

  24. larf003 says: Feb 2, 2011 1:34 PM

    11inthebox says: Feb 2, 2011 11:19 AM

    @ cmstrick, wtfru2, donterrelli, stoutfiles, berniemadoffsides, anarchopurplism, chapnastier, larf003:

    Based on your defensive reactions, I’d assume that none of you gentlemen have any black friends, acquaintances, or family members. This also applies to the owners, most of whom are white.

    Now the most difficult part, and follow me here: see, just because you don’t have any black friends doesn’t make you racist.
    ———————————————-

    If you want to defend a “token” rule then by all means do so, as is your prerogative. You make several assumptions about all of the posters you listed (me included), but I’m just going to bring up the biggest assumption you made. Why do you assume that just because we don’t agree w/ this Rooney rule that we’re white (i.e. NOT black)?????????

  25. chapnastier says: Feb 2, 2011 2:10 PM

    My genius rebuttal to 11inthebox wasn’t posted. Way to go computer nerd on the power trip.

  26. 11inthebox says: Feb 2, 2011 2:42 PM

    @chapnastier:

    It’s okay, dude. I’ll take your word that it was indeed “genius.” I’d expect nothing less!

    But if it makes you feel any better, my followup to your man ‘larfoo ‘was also rejected. I don’t think the folks at PFT want prolonged discussion-intelligent or otherwise- on meaningful topics.

    I suppose it undercuts the true ‘vision’ of the site.
    Oh well…

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