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Herm Edwards: Saints are making a mockery of the Rooney Rule

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The New Orleans Saints are in talks with Bill Parcells about becoming their interim head coach during Sean Payton’s season-long suspension. But those talks can’t progress to a formal job offer until the Saints fulfill the requirements of the Rooney Rule by interviewing a minority candidate. Which raises the question: What are the Saints going to do if they decide Parcells is the guy they want, and Parcells decides he wants the job?

The Saints’ options would be twofold: They could either hire Parcells in blatant violation of the Rooney Rule, as the Lions did with Steve Mariucci in 2003, and therefore open themselves up to further league discipline right after they faced the toughest league discipline in NFL history over their bounty scandal. Or they could start looking for a minority candidate who’s willing to go through the motions of a sham interview simply to help the Saints and the league keep up the appearance that every coaching vacancy includes a minority candidate.

Former NFL head coach Herm Edwards says that either way, the situation is a mess.

“It makes it a little bit of a scam now,” Edwards said on ESPN. “That’s the shame of it all. Sean Payton opening his mouth like he did, he really reflects that this thing is going to become a sham if Bill Parcells takes this job. Because if you do decide to interview a minority, you’re going to go with Bill Parcells. You’ve already said, ‘This is our coach.’ That’s the shame of it all. It puts the commissioner in another bind.”

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was seated next to Edwards on the SportsCenter set when the subject came up, and Rice questioned whether any minority candidate would agree to interview for the Saints’ interim head coaching job. All indications out of New Orleans are that if the Saints go outside the franchise for an interim head coach, they’re going to hire Parcells. And that means any minority candidate they interview would know in advance that the purpose of the interview is to satisfy the letter of the Rooney Rule, even after they’ve already violated the spirit of the Rooney Rule.

“I know for me, I would not want to go do an interview if I’m not going to get that job,” Rice said.

Edwards added that the Saints have already, by reaching out to Parcells but not reaching out to any minorities, indicated that they’re going to go after the coach they want and not broaden their coaching search to include minority candidates, which the Rooney Rule is designed to make teams do.

“They’re making a mockery of the rule right now,” Edwards said.

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  1. talkintrashallday says: Mar 29, 2012 2:02 PM

    Herm’s just mad because they didn’t ask him LOL

  2. fusion3450 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:03 PM

    ridiculous rule that deserves to be mocked. it doesn’t matter anymore. everybody knows teams are going to hire the best coach no matter his race.

  3. oliverioxerxes says: Mar 29, 2012 2:04 PM

    And the Saints would be the only team to ever break this rule as well.

  4. suckleague says: Mar 29, 2012 2:05 PM

    And sometimes you know who you want to hire, hence the Rooney rule is silly in it’s present form.

  5. vonmiller58 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:05 PM

    The Rooney Rule itself is incredibly dumb.

  6. myspaceyourface says: Mar 29, 2012 2:05 PM

    The Rooney Rule is a mockery all by itself.

  7. durno99 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:05 PM

    What Ever! Did he watch the McDonald’s high school game last night? We need the Rudy rule. One white kid……..Just sayin Holmes!!!

  8. timbuttrum says: Mar 29, 2012 2:05 PM

    I hate to say it, but they have that right. The Rooney rule is pathetic and I actually feel bad for a minority applicant that is sitting in the interview knowing full well that they aren’t getting the job and only there to satisfy a league mandate. The Rooney Rule takes the dignity away from a minority applicant and should be stopped.

  9. dannersthemanners says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    They aren’t making a mokery of the Rooney Rule they are making a mockery of the NFL and Goodell’s suspension and it’s AWESOME!

  10. saints97 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    Herm Edwards needs out of his cocoon if he thinks this is the first time, or even one of the first times, that this rule has caused teams to conduct sham interviews.

  11. steelbydesign says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    This is not the Saints’ fault, it’s a stupid rule. I’m obviously a Steelers fan, but even I think this rule is outdated and unnecessary.

    If someone is so closed minded they only interview a minority when they’re forced to, they’re not going to hire the person.

  12. sprinternest says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    Agree with Rice on that one. It’s hypocritical.

  13. suckleague says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    They should have one for players. So if Denver wants to bring in Peyton Manning, they have to interview say, Donovan Mcnabb first.

  14. pgui88 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    What stupid comments. The Saints never said they were interviewing Parcells, the media did. And in any regard this rule has been a mockery of its own for years. How many teams have gone through the motions in recent years? Herm should take that boot out of his mouth now.

  15. barkerwoofer says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    Race doesn’t need to be brought up, ever.

    Payton apparently wants Parcells, so he was naturally the first (and probably only) candidate needed. The league shouldn’t require a minority candidate to interview in this case.

    But I do think the rule is a good one. It just doesn’t fit this situation.

  16. derfshambeaux says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    “Hello?! You interview to get the job! You don’t interview just to interview.”

  17. garyman1 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    I”m fine with the Rooney rule but am not convinced it should apply here.
    Why would the Rooney rule apply to an interim head coach (they are not hiring a new head coach)? Payton is still the Head Coach…but is suspended.

  18. alewatcher says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    It’s a one-season, interim hire. Who cares? In this situation, the Saints should be able to hire whomever they please.

  19. peacebringer says: Mar 29, 2012 2:06 PM

    Rooney rule is by a large a shame. Teams have made mockery of it for years.

  20. sdisme says: Mar 29, 2012 2:07 PM

    Are the Saints making a mockery of the rule?
    or
    Is the rule making a mockery of the rule?

  21. blacknole08 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:07 PM

    Just do away with the Rooney rule. No one really respects it anyways.

  22. peacebringer says: Mar 29, 2012 2:07 PM

    should read sham…lol

  23. basballguy says: Mar 29, 2012 2:07 PM

    The saints should be allowed to go after a candidate of their choice. They are being held back due to a rule put in place because there was no common sense.

    If the NFL operated like normal functioning companies, they wouldn’t NEED the Rooney Rule.

    Not the Saints fault…

  24. fijabbersman345 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:07 PM

    The Saints disregarding rules? Say it ain’t so.

  25. jerrod777 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:07 PM

    The spirit of the Rooney Rule is to give minority candidates a chance at head coaching jobs. This seems to be an unusual situation whereby the Rooney Rule only complicates things. Bill Parcells would be the best candidate and logical choice. Do we go with the letter of the law, or the spirit of the law? I say make an exception if need be to the letter of the law.

  26. anotheryx says: Mar 29, 2012 2:07 PM

    It’s a stupid rule… it is in good intention (I hope), but it is still stupid.

  27. rc33 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:08 PM

    Herm should be smart enough..I said “should be”…to understand now blatantly patronizing the Rooney Rule is.
    It’s so superficial A-A Head Coaching candidates really ought to be offended.

  28. jbaxt says: Mar 29, 2012 2:08 PM

    So we like this interim coach and all agree but let’s interview some minority to follow the rules… Wouldn’t that scenario be a bigger slap in the face than just hiring who you want? The league is about 80% “minority” is race really an issue? As long as the NFL makes it an issue it will be seen as one.

  29. steveohho says: Mar 29, 2012 2:08 PM

    “Edwards added that the Saints have already, by reaching out to Parcells but not reaching out to any minorities, indicated that they’re going to go after the coach they want”

    Of course, they should go after a coach they don’t want!

  30. patfic15 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:08 PM

    Some would say the rule in itself is a mockery.

  31. superdanlp says: Mar 29, 2012 2:08 PM

    the rooney rule has always been a joke anyways. this kind of mockery has happened the whole time its been in place, its just extremely blatant in this case.

  32. nolahxc says: Mar 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    What sense does it make to satisfy the Rooney Rule? Payton obviously wanted Parcells because he shares a similar philsophy to Payton’s coaching style. What minority coach AVAILABLE can offer that?

    It’s a unique situation, and the Rooney Rule shouldn’t have to be satisfied because of the uniqueness of the situation. I know I wouldn’t want to interview for a job that would last only 10 months.

  33. ballsohardu says: Mar 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    Im sorry its just a dumb rule…. I feel bad for any black coach just brought in to interview because of it. Youre wasting their time

  34. thejuddstir says: Mar 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    The Saints have been making a mockery out of the NFL for several years now and the blatant ignorance of the Rooney Rule is just one more black eye on the Saints and the NFL. How far is Goodell going to let the Saints push him? If Tom Benson really didn’t know anything about the Bountygate and is truely remorseful, then it’s time he steps up as the owner of this sad franchise and says “enough is enough Payton”. Makes you wonder who is running this franchise. The ONLY reason Payton wants Parcells is because he knows it’s the only way he can be assured of getting his job back next year. While I certainly don’t condone G. Williams actions, I am convinced that Payton personally implemented the bounty program and ordered Williams to carry it out…..and I think the league knows this too but is trying to give Benson the benefit of the doubt and the ability to save face but Payton keeps making it more and more difficult to do.

  35. outsiderj says: Mar 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    Honestly… Aren’t we past the whole Rooney rule thing by now?

  36. kingmiedus says: Mar 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    Should this rule even be in place anymore? I think we’ve come far enough as a society and the NFL as a league to not have to force teams to interview minority candidates. No one is getting overlooked because of their skin colour, if you are good enough at your job you will get an interview.

    A situation like this just brings to light how ridiculous the rule is. Is there even another coach out there who would want to take on the job for only 10 months anyways?

  37. phoff12 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    It’s a stupid rule anyway. Since when did skin color factor into football coaching ability?

  38. aaronrwest says: Mar 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    The Rooney Rule is an attempt to eliminate race/racism from the decision process, yet the existence of the rule itself, by nature, is racist. Why should anyone be entitled to an interview as a head coach just because of their skin color? In any head coach search, whether it’s as obvious as this one, the team usually has a good idea of who their top 1-3 choices are. Candidates should be chosen based purely on their ability and fit with the organization. The Rooney Rule is just a response to age old complaints.
    And I am certainly no Saints fan, I think everything they are going through is completely justified, so I’m not trying to defend them. In fact, I don’t think Parcells should do it. Go for the HOF.

  39. aardvark4gb12qb15 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    Who cares about the Rooney rule? Let the owner hire whomever he wants.

  40. patfic15 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:09 PM

    Who would want to be interviewed knowing you were just a check mark?

  41. TeamBalco says: Mar 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    Agreed. The only way to expedite this clown music is to interview one of their minority position coaches. Give a bs press release, then introduce the Tuna Monday morning.

  42. seaner44 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    In other news. Herman Edwards is still alive.

  43. dannersthemanners says: Mar 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    It’s ridiculous that grown human beings have to go through this process. I understand the law’s intent but sometimes letter of the law application of it is just impractical. They aren’t prevented from talking to other people about the job before interviewing a minority, they are prevented from making a formal offer. No one has made a formal offer so no rule has been violated. Get over it.

  44. gotampabay52 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    More of a reason I hate the saints so hope they go back to the aints with brown paper back heads

  45. kd75 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    Saints should interview Herm and then tell him “Thanks. But no thanks.”

  46. r0b1b0y says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    1. Goodell got it wrong
    2. Suspensions punish fans/consumers
    3. Fines punish players/coaches/admin
    4. Rooney Rule is already a farce

  47. canadianvikingfaniii says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    I’m all for the purpose of affirmative action, but the problem with it is that there are easy ways around it. Last year Leslie Fraizer made rounds to many different teams and unfortunately they seemed to be just to satisfy the rule. There is no way to regulate it, bring in one guy when already agreeing to terms with another.

    Good intentions, impossible to enforce unless a team blatantly breaks the rule.

  48. bigbadal21 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    The Rooney rule had its place at one time but it is now time to move on.

  49. djstat says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    The Rooney Rule is ridiculous at this point anyway. Why should the Saints have to interview anyone when they have a chance at a Bill Parcells. If it were Tony Dungy, no one else would have to interview. This rule is reverse racism

  50. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    You have to admit the Saints are screwed.

    If they hire Parcells without doing the Rooney Rule dance then the Commish nails them again. And rightly so.

    BUT……….

    Where do the Saints find a minority coach who has 1) the qualifications to be a NFL head coach 2) not already on someone’s staff 3 ) be willing to trade his dignity to go thru a sham for what? A one year spot on the team as an Asst line coach or some such job?

    GOOD LUCK!! Sean and Mickey strike again…

  51. buffalodave10 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    Every team should be able to hire whomever they want, let the coaches credentials speak for themseleves.

  52. cromartiescondom says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    Dumb rule to begin with. Doesn’t really accomplish what it was meant to.

  53. dolphins4 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    The Roonie rule is a joke.A team ought to be able to hire the best person for the job no matter what color their skin is.

  54. 28loose says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    I hate the Saints and this only adds to it.

  55. patcheatiots says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    Herm Dont You Get It…
    Parcells Gets $8 mill 1 Year.
    Splits Vig with Payton.
    $4 Mill Each…

    Herm is Just Jealous

  56. bigjd says: Mar 29, 2012 2:11 PM

    It’s a stupid rule anyway. Teams are going to hire the coach they want, regardless of who the league makes them interview.

  57. htotheb says: Mar 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    Do they have no minority coaches to do all this scamming in house?

  58. roamingabriel says: Mar 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    The Rooney rule makes a mockery of common sense.

    And the fact that Herm got 2 shots at being a HC in the NFL is nothing short of a miracle.

  59. richardhurtz says: Mar 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    Herm, I’m an old school Eagles fan and still remember your “Miracle in the Meddowlands” but it’s not the Saints fault that nobody wants to interview or hire YOU! Stop with this “Rooney Rule” nonsense. YOU are just mad that you haven’t gotten a sniff at a Head Coaching job (not even college) since you were canned.

    Between you and McNabb, it must be “former Eagle’s sour grapes whinning day”.

  60. thegonz13 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    EVERY TEAM makes a mockery of the Rooney Rule, Herm! Sad but true. Teams will line up a token African-American candidate because that rule forces them to, but at the end of the day, the Rooney Rule hasn’t done a whole hell of a lot for the advancement of minorities.

  61. Patriot42 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    When is it a owners right in a unique situation they find themselves in to hire whoever they damn well please.

  62. knowerofallthings says: Mar 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    Sometimes you take an interview for the experience, relationships, and recognition – full well knowing you won’t get the job. There is value in the knowledge of the interview process. I don’t call that a mockery if they bring in a young coordinator or two to interview.

  63. martylaughlin says: Mar 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    Oh shut up Herm, this isn’t exactly a normal situation the Saints find themselves in considering it’s never happened in the history of the NFL

    Maybe Herm should go interview, no NFL franchise would ever hand him the keys again anyways

  64. mullman7675 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    The Rooney Rule, well intended without question, needs to be scratched from the books.

  65. luckysunday20 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    As an African American male I think this is the dumbest rule ever its offensive and a owner should be able to hand the keys to his million dollar organization to whom ever he feels is qualified.

  66. nolarules says: Mar 29, 2012 2:13 PM

    Pretty easy way around this all: interview Curtis Johnson (Tulane’s new head coach and former wide receivers coach for the Saints). Benson puts down a nice little payment to Tulane to help towards their new stadium they want and he gets his interview.

  67. capitala23 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:13 PM

    Why making something that is good in principle into a rule can be bad. The Saints know who they want, they shouldn’t have to have a sham interview with a minority to hire him. It’s disrespectful to the minority interviewed. I guess I would hope at this day and age that the NFL would be mature enough not to need a rule like this. That they would consider all coaches based on credentials, not the color of their skin. The rule only seems to emphasize discrimination not prevent it.

  68. Puddy says: Mar 29, 2012 2:13 PM

    The Rooney Rule itself is a sham. You should get hired on your merit and not your skin color. Settle down Herm…Remember , the Saints ARE PLAYING TO WIN THE GAME.

  69. broncobeta says: Mar 29, 2012 2:13 PM

    Seriously? The “interim” head coach will be F-I-R-E-D at the end of the season. Who would want that job?

  70. ambeatty617 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:19 PM

    The Saints have already made it clear who they want as their interim head coach, and any minority that “interviews” for the job is crazy dumb. They are just trying to make a mockery of the NFL, and Goodell. Well if they hadn’t started this bounty program then the coaches involved wouldn’t have been suspended. I hope the NFL sees thru the ruse and if they do “interview” a minority they still fine or punish the Saints because they are just trying to “skirt” the rules. The Rooney Rule was designed to get teams to interview minority candidates that may or may not be ready for a head coaching job, but at least they may still have that chance of proving themselves and for those that say they need to get rid of it are ignorant. But think about this, would it not be funny the Saints hire Parcells as their head coach, face fines, or whatever, and next season they decide Peyton isn’t their man after all???? If they do get in trouble hell do what college does, lose the ability to go to the playoffs, along with losing draft picks and whatever else Goodell decides…

  71. johnnyb216 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:19 PM

    I think this rule and the affirmative action laws are far outdated. I think society has actually progressed to the level where all we wanna do is hire the best person for the job. At this point it has now become reverse discrimination.

  72. channel124 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:19 PM

    “…even after they’ve already violated the spirit of the Rooney Rule.”

    Careful violating that “spirit” of the rule! We all know how that turns out. For their sake, at least the Saints don’t reside in John Mara’s NFC East.

  73. sasquash20 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:19 PM

    While I agree that the rule is outdated, if I was a black coach I would do the token interview just to show I was a team player. It may very well set the token interview coach up with something down the road. To just dismiss it is just foolish. Personally I think H.Edwards would be better suited keeping his mouth shut if he wants to coach again. I understand Edwards works for ESPN and it may be hard to keep his mouth shut but he should try harder.

  74. bigcarguy1 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:19 PM

    i think the rule is necessary, but i think that it should only be used if you plan on interviewing several candidates. if a team has their mind set on one person–they should be able to hire who they want

  75. youngassociate says: Mar 29, 2012 2:20 PM

    I don’t think it makes a mockery of the rule even if they have already decided to hire Parcells.

    The interview itself, whether or not the individual gets the job, has the effect of raising that person’s status and will encourage other owners from hiring that candidate in the future. That is one of the overlooked purposes for the Rooney Rule.

  76. crewdawg says: Mar 29, 2012 2:20 PM

    You’re telling me the saints don’t have a single minority coach willing to bs an interview?

  77. superjroch says: Mar 29, 2012 2:21 PM

    Rooney Fail.

  78. itsjustmyopinionbut says: Mar 29, 2012 2:21 PM

    The Rooney Rule is a mockery of minority candidates.

  79. tackledummy1505 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:21 PM

    This isn’t an actual job. This is a fill in until Payton comes back. Does it matter who they want? I’m sorry but if I own something and I need a guy in there just for a spot job, then I want the best I can get who is willing under the circumstances to understand its not permanent. The Saints can’t do what most other teams do, they interview a minority within the organization as a sham, because their D-Coordinator is history. I’m an Eagles fan by the way and I say this is just another cry out for injustice when everyone has been guilty of

  80. chooch95 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    This Rooney Rule should be thrown out. We are past the separate but equal era. Being minority, I wouldn’t want to get an interview simply because of some rule, but based on my ability. These guys are going to hire who they want regardless of any rule. It’s always been a sham anyhow.

  81. superjroch says: Mar 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    Has anybody noticed that if you mention the word F-L-O-R-I-O in your comment, it automatically gets moderated out?

  82. actiondanwi says: Mar 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    If a team interviews 4 black candidates, there are in no violation of the rule for not interviewing a white guy, right?

    Conclusion: the rule is totally useless.

  83. southpaw2k says: Mar 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    I normally like what Herm has to say on the league and such, but I don’t see how the Rooney Rule applies here. I happen to think the rule in itself is hypocritical in requiring teams to interview minority candidates, but the rule exists for full-time permanent head coaches. Parcells wouldn’t be running the team beyond the 2012 season, so the rule shouldn’t even apply to these circumstances. Sean Payton is still the permanent head coach of the team despite his suspension, so the Saints shouldn’t be expected to have to follow the Rooney Rule here.

    Heck, the article even highlighted a couple cases where teams kicked the Rooney Rule aside during their head coach searches anyways.

    And why exactly aren’t the Saints considering either of their coordinators to be the interim head coach here? Spags could run the team for the year while also running the defense. What’s the problem with that?

  84. conormacleod says: Mar 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    Doesn’t apply here. Saints are hiring an “interim Head Coach”.

  85. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    It’s amazing how the terms “Herm Edwards” and “mockery” sound so good together.

  86. cowboycjn says: Mar 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    Or they could start looking for a minority candidate who’s willing to go through the motions of a sham interview simply to help the Saints and the league keep up the appearance that every coaching vacancy includes a minority candidate.
    – - – - – - – - – - – - – -
    Why not- there is a loop hole in every rule. If they satisfy the intent and interview a minority (hell could be a wine-o off the street) it would satisfy the wording if the rule. Nothing says the minority has to have any special qualifications to be interviewed does it?

  87. jonny42671 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:23 PM

    Saints are doing something dirty and cheating??? Surprise, Surprise!! Lol

  88. qinct says: Mar 29, 2012 2:23 PM

    2 Quck points:
    1) Why is the Rooney Rule stupid when ALL it requires is to (hopefully in earnest) get minority HC candidates exposure that the “Good ol’ boy” system has long denied them- JUST INTERVIEWS are required

    2) That said, I think it is stupid to apply it here because we KNOW Tom Benson will bring back Peyton is reinstated. So why does it matter who coaches knowing next year you’re ou?

  89. redgreen3b1 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:23 PM

    Love ya Herm, but the in the first place is a mockery. Just like it’s a mockery Peyton even has to find someone is a mockery. Roger is the biggest mockery in football today!!!!!!!!!!

  90. zampft says: Mar 29, 2012 2:24 PM

    Um, so perhaps the Rule itself is a mockery? just maybe? you think?

  91. patcheatiots says: Mar 29, 2012 2:24 PM

    Parcells is a Minority Candidate .. IRISH…
    Refer to Blazing Saddles

  92. oncall0599 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:24 PM

    I’m a black man, and personally see no problems with the Saints hiring Bill Parcells. I like the spirit of the Rooney Rule and recognize that it has been good for minority coaches, but this situation can easily be viewed as an exception to a typical coaching vacancy. It’s only a 1-year job, so the pool of candidates that would even be interested should be lower.

    The Saints aren’t looking to hire a new permanent coach. They’re looking for a temporary fill-in…someone who closely matches Payton’s personality/style and has no desire to be there longer than this season. Those are some unique circumstances someone would need to come into.

    If Parcells is the perfect fit, they should be able to hire him. Would Herm Edwards have preferred that when they decided to talk to Parcells (but before they made that news public), they first set up a sham interview with a minority candidate knowing that they would eventually talk to Parcells and give him the job if he wanted it? They would have tricked us all if they did that, and someone would have sat for a sham interview for no reason.

    I believe exceptions to rule are appropriate in certain circumstances.

  93. LSUSaint76 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:25 PM

    I don’t think the Rooney rule should apply for a job that’s only for a year. Actually, 10 months.

    Herm “you play to win the game” Edwards is done in coaching bc he couldn’t win. He and everyone else needs to consider that Parcells to the Saints isn’t a done deal and there’s no way of knowing if the saints hve talked to anyone. This is all media hype because that’s what comes with Parcells. Don’t blame the Saints Herm, blame the media, you know, the ones that now employ you.

  94. butlers91 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:26 PM

    A) The Rooney rule is a joke, because it seems everyone finds a token candidate from their staff.
    B) Why does it apply for an interim coach?

  95. mikebe1 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:26 PM

    I didn’t know teams still went by this rule

  96. eaglebobby says: Mar 29, 2012 2:26 PM

    Wow, what a bunch of ignorant, racist scumbags on here–and I’m caucasian by the way.

    The Rooney Rule was put in because there weren’t enough minorities that were getting head coaching opportunities. It was a good ol’ boys network. Everyone that’s qualified regardless of race, sex, color, creed should get an opportunity to interview.

    Sean Payton should not be in any way part of this process. That’s where Goodell went wrong. He should have spelled it out for him.

    And for the ignorant poster that said “the Saints will be the only team to break the Rooney Rule as well”–you don’t know your history son. The Detorit Lions, under Matt Millen, broke the Rooney Rule and he was fined 250K. He publicly said he was looking at Steve Mariucci back in 2001, the league told him he had to abide by the Roony Rule, he didn’t and he got fined.

    I really hope that they do hire Parcells without going through the necessary steps and the commish fines them another 500K–perhaps that’s why he’s stayed quiet so far. He’s just letting them fall into another trap–another reason why Payton, and that organization are seen as arrogant.

  97. patfic15 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:26 PM

    We need a Reverse Rooney Rule.

  98. massappeal12345 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:27 PM

    Jim Caldwell is available.

  99. rams1999 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:27 PM

    The Rooney rule is the most racist, stupid, idiotic rule out there in all of sports….If Blacky aint good enough to coach,then he is not good enough….they are only good athletes…Nfl teams hire the best available candidate in thir minds and if he is not black, then he is not black….man, always whining about something. I’m a beaner and you don’t see Ron Rivera or Anthony Munoz Crying about it….

  100. olcap says: Mar 29, 2012 2:27 PM

    Yep, they are. And they are also showing extreme biligerence as well.

  101. franktherat96 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:28 PM

    the rule is stupid to begin with and has been mocked for years as it is.

  102. cowboycjn says: Mar 29, 2012 2:28 PM

    The rule is a sham in itself. Why do minorities have to be interviewed? Is not the best qualified person for a job hired instead of the color of his/her skin??
    Seems racist to me, but then again thats how the country wants to be.

    If YOU had a business and needed to hire workers, would you hire the trained worker with a proven track record vs. hiring a minority with no work experience, maybe a high accident rate in past jobs or whatever. But just hire him because of the color of his skin??? Use some common sense dude.

  103. thisisether says: Mar 29, 2012 2:29 PM

    I thought the Rooney rule was to give minorities EXPERIENCE in the interview process. A few yes back, teams weren’t even giving minorities a chance to get an interview, NOW they can at least gain some experience…. The rule is fine. Satisfy it, and hire who you want. TRUST ME, it happens every day. It’s just like in the NBA/NFL training camps, alot of those guys know damn well they aren’t making the team, but they go anyway for the experience, to prepare themselves. Keep the Rooney rule.

  104. chris6523 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:30 PM

    If there was ever a time that made sense for giving a waiver on the Rooney Rule, this would be it. If the Saints and Parcells come to an agreement, clearly Parcells would only be a caretaker coach for the season. It’s not like they are looking to permanently replace Payton.

  105. spartyfi says: Mar 29, 2012 2:30 PM

    The only sham here is the Rooney Rule and all other Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity rules. Complete and total discrimination against white people and it’s total BS. Add this to the list of minority racist initiatives along with minority universities, minority dorms at STATE FUNDED universities and what to do you get? A bunch of racist minorities that are unwilling to integrate with all of society.

    And they say we’re the one’s with a problem. A black man kills another black man and it’s a tragedy. A white man or hispanic kills a black man and it’s racism….smh @ today’s society! Trying so hard to be PC you’re screwing this entire country up!

  106. ibottpsgoldpants says: Mar 29, 2012 2:30 PM

    If I am Spagnuolo, I am a bit insulted here. He was just a head coach not too long ago and his hiring could make this whole mess go away. Surprised no one is talking about him sliding into that role. Seems like a perfect fit.

  107. terripet says: Mar 29, 2012 2:30 PM

    Herm quiet you were one of the worst coaches of all time you will never coach again you killed the jets.

  108. packhawk04 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:56 PM

    Herm is right, they are making a mockery of that rule. But, lets not pretend that teams mock it every year, and its an incredibly stupid and, frankly, an insulting rule to begin with.

  109. sclement65 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:58 PM

    If I am Spagnuolo, I am a bit insulted here. He was just a head coach not too long ago and his hiring could make this whole mess go away. Surprised no one is talking about him sliding into that role. Seems like a perfect fit.

    Spagnuola doesn’t want the job. He just got here and is trying to install defense. Same with our Offensive coordinator.

  110. jikkle49 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:58 PM

    The fact of the matter is you’re seeing more minorities in key coaching positions because you have more qualified minorities.

    You have to keep in mind minorities for the most part didn’t really start getting into coaching until the late 70′s and 80′s and minorities in the coaching ranks have increased steadily since than.

    Now that those minorities in coaching have gotten older and wiser they are now more qualified for a head coaching job and you’ve seen teams have no issues hiring a minority coach if they feel they are the best man for the job.

    The Rooney rule does have the fringe benefit of giving a minority interview experience but to suggest the Rooney rule works or is the reason we see more minority head coaches is an insult to the time, sacrifice, and hard work those men put in. Their qualifications are what got them hired not because they needed Rooney rule to be a crutch.

  111. ericrmusic says: Mar 29, 2012 2:58 PM

    Herm – this may help. Think before you speak:

    1. It’s an interim, less than a year, job. Payton has said he’s coaching in 2013. Who wants to jump into an interim role? Parcells fits because he would only want a short term gig.
    2. The NFL has said the Saints are not able to hire someone currently on another NFL staff. So, it has to be an internal candidate or someone who is not coaching right now. Are you going to promote someone on the staff in an interim role over Pete C or Steve Spagnola? Also, if you aren’t on a staff right now, there is probably a reason.

  112. cliffordc05 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:59 PM

    The Rooney Rule has laudable goals but it probably does not fit in this case. The New Orleans franchise is in an emergency situation (of their own making) and need to find a uniquely qualified individual. For the good of the franchise the commissioner should simply grant a waiver of the Rooney Rule if so requested by the Saints.

    Or else the Saints should simply make a mockery of a rule that cannot be enforced.

  113. jackers252 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:59 PM

    Wating for the NFL to hammer the Saints over this as well (even though everyone else in the leauge is going it).

    Sound familiar?

  114. mikeyhigs says: Mar 29, 2012 2:59 PM

    They should really make a mockery of it and interview the first minority homless guy they see wearing a Saints hat. Give him a couple of nights in a fancy motel, a couple of meals, and some spending money. And hold a press conference introducing him as the Rooney Rule candidate.

  115. bullethead527 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:59 PM

    rams1999—.If Blacky aint good enough to coach,then he is not good enough.
    ———————————————————–

    Either you are a SCRAP or just and idiot, or both, I just want to know!!!!

  116. ruggerlad says: Mar 29, 2012 3:00 PM

    Good intentions, dumb rule. Hire and interview the best available. If they think it is Parcells (I don’t) they shouldn’t have to interview anyone else. It s like having to scout a white corner back.

  117. jackers252 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:00 PM

    P.S. Let’s punish a (soon to be) Hall of Fame coach by not hiring him. Let’s ensure the Saints hire someone not as qualified for the position – to meet the requirements of the law.

    Idiots.

  118. thepftpaperchase says: Mar 29, 2012 3:01 PM

    knowerofallthings says:Mar 29, 2012 2:12 PM

    Sometimes you take an interview for the experience, relationships, and recognition – full well knowing you won’t get the job. There is value in the knowledge of the interview process. I don’t call that a mockery if they bring in a young coordinator or two to interview.

    _________________________________

    I think that this was one of the original intentions of the Rooney Rule, according to John Wooten, who oversaw the administration of it. Even if the candidate had very little (or no) shot at a head coaching job, at least he would get the experience of actually interviewing with a NFL franchise/owner for the position.

    I find it interesting that PFT likes to drag out this subject whenever possible. Maybe they should come up with a form of the Rooney rule when they (PFT/NBC) interview candidates for their new job opportunities.

  119. numberoneinthehoodg says: Mar 29, 2012 3:01 PM

    As long as the NFL has this rule, it shows that they are still concerned about racism amongst their owners. Two shames, one, the NFL acknowledges that they have racist owners, two, some owners are racist.

  120. Puddy says: Mar 29, 2012 3:01 PM

    superjroch says: Mar 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    Has anybody noticed that if you mention the word F-L-O-R-I-O in your comment, it automatically gets moderated out?

    ==============================
    hahahaha…MF must be super sensitive. You have a differing opinion from his and you’re erased.
    What a turd.
    If Parcells gets hired, MF and King Roger are going to be in a corner wiping each others tears.
    poor babies

  121. uptowndan says: Mar 29, 2012 3:03 PM

    It does not matter what people think of The Rooney Rule. Until it is changed the owners have to follow the rule.

  122. realitypolice says: Mar 29, 2012 3:04 PM

    The Rooney should not even apply here, I don’t care where they are looking.

    The head coach of the New Orleans Saints is Sean Payton, period. The Saints are not looking to hire someone to replace Payton.

    They are looking for a temporary replacement, an independent contractor, if you will.

    What minority candidate, who I assume would already have a job, would leave an assistant’s position for a temporary job they have no chance of keeping?

  123. beastup22 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:04 PM

    Rooney rule is a good rule and is surely still needed but this is a case where Goodell should just let it slide. to those saying the rule is not needed the ratio of black players to black coaches.

  124. timbuttrum says: Mar 29, 2012 3:04 PM

    To interview an applicant based solely on their race is just as racist as not interviewing an applicant because of their race

  125. yojoemama says: Mar 29, 2012 3:04 PM

    Sean Payton is a joke period. Give him another penalty for blatantly violating an NFL rule, not mention opening his big mouth. What a fool lol.

  126. spartyfi says: Mar 29, 2012 3:04 PM

    Not only is freedom not free, but it’s also not practiced in America any longer. You think you’re free to do what you want so long as it’s not illegal? Well, the gov’t has made everything illegal so where’s your freedom now? Think about it. Time to strip the Fed of it’s powers and give those powers back to the individual states. As a Country we’ve been through this battle once before, it was called the Civil War…is it time for another one? Some think so, are you one of them?

  127. a55hol says: Mar 29, 2012 3:05 PM

    This rule needs to go. Reminds me of when they were screamin about not having enough black QBs. No one ever complained about not having enough white CBs (or any). No one ever complained about no hispanic RBs….

  128. realitypolice says: Mar 29, 2012 3:06 PM

    ibottpsgoldpants says:
    Mar 29, 2012 2:30 PM
    If I am Spagnuolo, I am a bit insulted here. He was just a head coach not too long ago and his hiring could make this whole mess go away. Surprised no one is talking about him sliding into that role. Seems like a perfect fit.
    ====================

    The reason you are surprised is that this site, in an effort to make Payton look bad, has consistently refused to report the fact that all assistants were given the opportunity to lobby for the position and for various reasons declined or said that they preferred to stay in the position for which they were hired.

    Why? I don’t know. But it’s a fact, and this site has ignored it.

  129. bryans49ers says: Mar 29, 2012 3:06 PM

    Stupid. . This league is such a soap opera. . Is Obama secretly running this league?

  130. 11inthebox says: Mar 29, 2012 3:08 PM

    It’s so predictable. The people who cry the most about the Rooney Rule or anything race related are white people who have absolutely no black friends, acquaintances or family members.

    I would have more respect for those people if they just said plainly: “I don’t feel comfortable around anyone who isn’t white.”

    At least then we could have an honest discussion about this sort of thing.

    Okay, PFT, let’s see how “fair and balanced” you are. Go ahead and post this along with all the statements of outrage.

  131. stats5 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:10 PM

    It is past the time when the Rooney rule served a legitimate purpose, just as the person the rule was named after.

  132. rooneyruleblues says: Mar 29, 2012 3:11 PM

    Thats why the Saints got those Rooney Rule Blues.

  133. geniusesq says: Mar 29, 2012 3:11 PM

    The Rooney Rule has worked. You can’t get a job if you can’t get an interview.

  134. drewman05 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:13 PM

    Roony rule is total bs. Best man for the job regardless of race.

  135. joe3001 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:13 PM

    How about this? If a guy is available who has won 1 or more Super Bowls as a Head Coach in the NFL and he wants to coach your team – the Rooney Rule is waived.

    I mean really – isn’t time that thing is amended.

    If Bill Belichick’s contract expires and he decides its time for a change and is going to pick a different team to coach – are you really telling me the team has to act like there is a tough choice between Belichick or a minority coordinator / position coach?

    It’s simple … if a coach with the pedigree of a Belichick / Cowher / Coughlin / Parcells / Shanahan etc. is available and wants to coach your team – you hire them.

    If not – you go through the proper process with an open mind.

    Its not brain surgery.

  136. dablitz2 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:13 PM

    I hope PFT puts up a poll asking our opinion of the stupid Rooney Rule. It is time for this crap rule to go!

  137. huejackson says: Mar 29, 2012 3:14 PM

    First of all the rooney rule is a scam in the first place… Its unfair to WHITE coaches!
    Some white guy is not going to get the opportunity to interview cause the have to interview a black guy!
    Its so stupid, A team will hire whoever they want regardless of his race, this is a rule that would of made some sense in 1950 but in 2012?
    What about the players? 95% of the NFL is BLACK if there is a good white RB somewhere I bet he would get over looked..
    Te main problem with these black angry people like Herm is that they can not except they are just failures so they blame it on their race…
    Hey Herm instead of worrying about the white man you should of been studying how to beat the Raiders that whooped ur Jets every year in the playoffs

  138. fafaflunky says: Mar 29, 2012 3:16 PM

    if you can win games i’ll hire you..white black spanish who cares..this rule is almost as ridiculous as affirmitive action..

  139. FinFan68 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:18 PM

    The Rooney rule is dumb but I don’t think it even applies here. The Saints are hiring an INTERIM or ACTING coach rather than a permanent HC. There is no Rooney rule requirement when an interim coach is named midseason after the HC got fired. I don’t think there is one now. Sean Payton is the HC of the Saints; he has been suspended rather than fired.

  140. bullethead527 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:19 PM

    I think the Rooney rule opens up doors for minority candidates, EX. lets say a team has their desired candidate, but still have to go through the process of hiring minority candidates, they come across a guy that they actually really like, that interviewed very well, the team still hires their chosen candidate, but you don’t think that minority candidate will be on the radar for future teams in need of a HC, I mean these guys our a fraternity of coaches, if one interview well other HC and GM’s will be interested,

    Herm Edwards was a decent HC
    Lovie Smith is a good HC
    Mike Tomlin is a good HC
    Tony Dundgy was a good HC
    Ron Rivera was a great DC,
    Art Shell was a good coach (he did coach the Raiders)
    There have been only 18 black HC int he NFL,
    7 of them became interim coaches, and I believe only 3 actually became HC, Mike Singletary, Frazier and Romeo Cornell.

    17 coaches in the new era 1 in the 1920′s, in 80 years of football, we only have had 18 total black HC, you can’t tell me they can’t coach, if they make good DEF coordinators they can be good HC if given the chance

  141. thebricam says: Mar 29, 2012 3:21 PM

    The rule was outdated when it was implemented, in 2003. Yes, this wasn’t something started in the 50s 60s 70s 80s or 90s. it was less than 10 years ago. im not a minority so maybe im wrong but i feel like a team is going to put the best PERSON out there to coach or play that will help them win. and you don’t need a special rule to make them do that

  142. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 29, 2012 3:21 PM

    It’s a stupid rule…
    How would you like to be the annual marginally qualified Rooney rule interviewee?

  143. dpinchot says: Mar 29, 2012 3:21 PM

    Sour grapes from Rice. No. one should hire him anyway.

  144. rajbais says: Mar 29, 2012 3:21 PM

    With all due respect, the Dolphins did worse!!!

    They interviewed Art Shell four years after his last stint on a coaching staff!!!!!

    The New Orleans Saints are not making a mockery of the Rooney Rule; they’re just making a mockery of their whole situation PERIOD!!!

    Parcells declines on every team he goes to!!!!

  145. neovenator250 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:22 PM

    Its a temporary position. Everyone knows that it’d only be for 9-10 months anyway. Not a real head coaching gig. This should be an exception.

  146. dablitz2 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:22 PM

    Not to get off topic, but how could someone badmouth Parcells as a head coach, when his results are almost unquestionable and then at the same time promote Spags.

    Spags won 10 games in 3 years and his teams were some of the least competitive in the league. I saw them several times and they were just awful. There is no reason to think he is the man for the job.

    That being said, let’s get back to the idiotic, childish Rooney Rool (yes something that stupid should be spelled wrong).

  147. newjerseyjuice says: Mar 29, 2012 3:24 PM

    ignorant comment after ignorant comment. these rules are in place for a reason. the law is in place for a reason. to say otherwise is just rebellion. some of you sound pretty salty. its okay because your saltiness is rooted from an embedded hatred.

    the on boarding of Parcells is simply not “fair” to the “rule” thats the facts. that’s the stand point of Edwards who was a great coach! if you dont agree its understood. im glad there is a ROONEY RULE.

  148. electionconfidential says: Mar 29, 2012 3:24 PM

    Herm is just one more guy wanting something for nothing… special privileges because of the color of his skin. He should find something real to complain about. If Ozzie Newsome wants to hire Tony Dungy does he have to interview a white candidate too?

  149. mbakes78 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:25 PM

    Much like Affirmative Action the Rooney rule is racist and outdated. Teams are going to hire whomever they believe is the best fit regardless of race. But my son may not get into his college of choice because he is a white male. Where is the equality police when you need them?

  150. HitsDingers says: Mar 29, 2012 3:25 PM

    If I were Tom Benson and Goodell threatened to enforce this rule if I hire Parcells, I would seriously find a few black comedians willing to come in for an “interview.”

  151. tom62215 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:27 PM

    Average IQ of commentors about 32.
    Talk about dopes!

  152. doubleogator says: Mar 29, 2012 3:28 PM

    It’s already a joke, the reality of it all is what is becoming more and more prevalent in our great country….”reverse racism”
    maybe we should also interview, Chinese, Japanese, Muslims, and even American Indians, they’re really getting screwed….

  153. jeffhink says: Mar 29, 2012 3:30 PM

    I understand the importance of having a strong minority representation in head coaching, but I really just don’t think the Rooney Rule is necessary anymore. Teams want two things: money and wins (which lead to more money). I really can’t see a team evaluating head coaches and saying “Oh, this guy is the best choice, but let’s not hire him because he’s black.”

    This is obviously a unique situation, but when you look at the typical hiring season there is a clear list of the top candidates for a head coaching gig. And when you look at the Saints, they want a guy for one year. If nothing else, the Rooney Rule shouldn’t apply in this situation. Looking at it from a technical standpoint, what makes this interim position different than any other interim position that opens up midseason when a coach gets fired, other than the number of games coached. And the latter situation doesn’t call for the Rooney Rule, as far as I know.

    If it’s Parcells he’ll only be coaching for one year and then Payton comes back. Just let him have the damn job.

  154. dexterismyhero says: Mar 29, 2012 3:30 PM

    @patcheatiots says:Mar 29, 2012 2:24 PM

    Parcells is a Minority Candidate .. IRISH…
    Refer to Blazing Saddles
    ==================================

    Touche!! Great Post!!

  155. olebucknasty says: Mar 29, 2012 3:33 PM

    You know, I dont think the Rooney Rule goes far enough…I mean why stop there. I propose the woman rule (they make up 50% of the population). Every team should also have to interview a woman…still not far enough…ok a purple people eater rule where every team has to interview a purple people eater. You kow what, Viking fans might actually like that one, a purple people eating head coach.

  156. vegaskid21 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:35 PM

    Shut Up Herm!

  157. briang123 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:37 PM

    Edwards makes a mockery of competent commentators, just as he made a mockery of competent coaching.

  158. bingocostello says: Mar 29, 2012 3:40 PM

    This coming from a guy who had 2 coaching jobs because of the rule and sucked at both! Case closed!

  159. Ashley says: Mar 29, 2012 3:40 PM

    The Saints are not to blame for this. They have every right to want Parcells, and if they have to conduct a sham interview to satisfy the league, then that is the league’s fault.

  160. krispc says: Mar 29, 2012 3:40 PM

    I thought you only had to doing a minority interview for a full time head coach not an interim coach? Parcells would only be an interim coach since Payton is the permanent coach.

  161. peachyc39 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:43 PM

    As a black female I find this “rule” to be really retarded. However, if it has to be used you definitely would not worry about it in this case because everyone knows that Parcells pretty much has this job in the bag. Even if he didn’t, I don’t think they would go beyond the Saints Organization for this one. That rule would be stupid and there is no way a minority candidate would want to waste their precious time coming in applying for a job that is not even available really anyways.

  162. wesbanker says: Mar 29, 2012 3:50 PM

    Herm is just jealous they didnt ask him

  163. mungman69 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:50 PM

    The Rooney Rule is a joke. Teams are going to hire whom they want.

  164. jakek2 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:51 PM

    They can satisfy the rule in two seconds if they just stepped outside the superdome and asked anyone outside if they wanted to coach.

  165. godzilla111111 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:52 PM

    All forms of affirmative action are racist and idiotic.
    Should 70 percent of pro athletes be white?
    Should blacks be limited to 12 percent of pro players?
    Same principle as the Rooney rule.
    Stop your whining and take responsibility. Grow up.

  166. garryfish says: Mar 29, 2012 3:56 PM

    All the Saints would have to do is hire Parcells as a ass’t head coach and then name him interm head coach

  167. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    Someone needs to put a microphone in front of Warren Moon’s mouth about this one. LoL

  168. vikingdoode says: Mar 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    We really shouldn’t have this rule. Hire the best qualified…..

  169. scoboscobs says: Mar 29, 2012 4:02 PM

    Here’s where all the Obama supporters start talking about Parcells only getting hired because he’s white. Give me a break.

  170. footballfanatic2010 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:04 PM

    I don’t understand why teams don’t just start interviewing local HS minority coaches. They get the thrill of seeing the facility, and get to spend time with the team executives. Win, win, bye bye sham rule.

  171. broncobrewer says: Mar 29, 2012 4:06 PM

    Most “minority” coaches don’t wanna interview bc they know they are just doing it for the rule. The rule needs to be scraped.

  172. pastorpink20 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:09 PM

    I would think the Rooney Rule does not even apply here, considering that they have a coach and are just moving someone into an interim coaching position. Sean Peyton has not been fired by the Saints, until he is I can’t imagine this rule applying. But thanks to all who are over dramatizing this.

  173. amende3 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:10 PM

    It’s a dumb rule. Simple as that.

    And I’m sure the Saints aren’t the first team to have “their guy” lined up, ready to take the job and have to go through the motions of the Rooney Rule just so they don’t get in trouble.

  174. rcali says: Mar 29, 2012 4:14 PM

    I don’t understand why somebody wouldn’t go in for the interview. It gives them pratice for interviewing for that position, which you do need if you haven’t got it yet, and you then start getting your name out there. Nobodies don’t become coaches in the NFL, you need some word of mouth.

  175. chawk12thman says: Mar 29, 2012 4:16 PM

    He will be hired as a consultant on the payroll, if not already, before Payton is suspended. Hence, no rule requirement when he is named the interim head coach shortly thereafter.

  176. pelleycan says: Mar 29, 2012 4:17 PM

    So Herm goes to Tom Benson looking for a job.Tom says: O.K. Herm, here’s the deal. The job is for 8 months. Since you’re only an interim coach your pay will be much less than what a real permanent head coach would get. Then too, after the Super Bowl your butt is out of here. (Unless by some quirk of fate you make it to the Super Bowl). Oh, and by the way, since we really want the Tuna as coach, we can tell you right now you’re here because of something they call the “Rooney Rule” which we dare not violate for fear of further being in the NFL doghouse.
    So Herm, when do you want to set up the interview!

  177. tigerphins says: Mar 29, 2012 4:19 PM

    If a near billion dollar franchise doesn’t want to take the best candidate available b/c of racial prejudice, then they’ll get what they deserve at the end of the day in the W-L column.

  178. radrntn says: Mar 29, 2012 4:23 PM

    stupid rule anyawy…what would the NAACP say if there was a white rule

  179. pbm984 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:24 PM

    Now the NFL said the other day that if the Saints promote an assistant (Charmichel, Spagnolo etc.) that the Rooney Rule then does not apply. If that is the case, what stopping New Orleans from hiring Parcells as Assistant Head Coach (a position not subject to the Rooney Rule). Once hired, then they could “interview” Spags, Charmichel and Parcells then hire Parcells, thereby promoting him from within? I’d compare it to when the Skins hired Zorn as OC, then promoted him to HC.

    Then again, the NFL apparently has authority to punish you for violating the spirit of rules (Redskins, Cowboys) so I bet they’d fine NO for the above, even if the rules allow it.

  180. 2sloweggroll says: Mar 29, 2012 4:26 PM

    Tont Dungy (twice) Art Shell (twice) Denny Green (twice) Herm Edwards (twice) Tom Flores Raheem Morris Mike Tomlin Hue Jackson Lovie Smith

    All “minorities” and all head coachs in this league. It is time for the NFL to do what any other moral american has done and ignore a persons race.

  181. demetrius82 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:28 PM

    For coaches like Mike Tomlin the rooney rule really helps. He got hired because he was the minority candidate being interviewed at the time. Had the rule not being in place he might not have been considered. Its just put there to at least consider minority coaches, believe it or not but many owners might not even consider a minority coach in his candidate list. If you are lucky, and very lucky you can impress the owner and get hired (like Tomlin did).

  182. teddybayer123 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:30 PM

    As it’s a temporary fix, does it actually violate the Rooney Rule? Also, is Mara Rooney’s piercings a part of any Rooney Rule?

  183. dannersthemanners says: Mar 29, 2012 4:53 PM

    Interview a HS head football coach in the new orleans’ area and they should be good to go: Whoever that person is will probably love the saints so much he’ll do anything to help the team.

  184. vikes49 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:55 PM

    “That’s the shame of it all. Sean Payton opening his mouth like he did, he really reflects that this thing is going to become a sham if Bill Parcells takes this job. Because if you do decide to interview a minority, you’re going to go with Bill Parcells. You’ve already said, ‘This is our coach.’ That’s the shame of it all. It puts the commissioner in another bind.”

    So if Payton would have kept his mouth shut it wouldnt have been a sham at all????

  185. hehateu says: Mar 29, 2012 4:59 PM

    wow , so much hate.

  186. donfelder440 says: Mar 29, 2012 5:00 PM

    The Rooney Rule makes a mockery out of itself by its own dictates just fine.

    Someone answer me this: Is it even ironclad that the Rooney rule requires you to interview a minority candidate for an INTERIM coaching position? If a team fires a head coach after 8 games, do they actually have to “interview” a minority candidate before naming an interim head coach for the balance of the year? Seems wrong to me.

  187. cubanotron says: Mar 29, 2012 5:03 PM

    When do they include Asians and Hispanics in the Rooney Rule?

  188. artvan15 says: Mar 29, 2012 5:07 PM

    Shut up HERM!!!

  189. hrmlss says: Mar 29, 2012 5:10 PM

    Maybe Parcells is a minority? Or a Woman? Anyone ever seen him in a dress and high heels?

  190. freedomispopular says: Mar 29, 2012 5:12 PM

    Don’t blame the Saints for making a mockery of it. Blame the NFL.

  191. forthehaters says: Mar 29, 2012 5:19 PM

    Obviously most of the commentators on this one was born after 1975 or so – some of you need to go read a history book! then maybe you would understand why the rooney rule had to be implemented in the first place!

  192. dryzzt23 says: Mar 29, 2012 5:33 PM

    If Payton were black, and Payton wanted Tony Dungy to be the interim coach, the Saints would not be forced to interview a white coach or another minority coach.

    I refuse to respect the Rooney Rule until teams are forced to have at least 1 white CB per team.

    The root of the problem is this:
    Blacks want 2 sets of rules, one for whites, and one for blacks with the rules for blacks always trumping the rules for whites.

  193. kevsright says: Mar 29, 2012 5:40 PM

    Shut up, Herm.
    The Rooney Rule is nonsense anyway.

  194. shlort says: Mar 29, 2012 5:45 PM

    I used to have respect for Herm Edwards. I always thought he was a fair guy, who stood up for his team and his players.

    Now that Herm is interested in doing sports news, he has repeatedly come off as a racist. I dont understand why he wants/needs to make every issue in the NFL about race and how “if this guy were white, he’d have got the job/kept the job,”.

    Herm, I am sick of hearing and reading about your racist views. If you do not like white people, just come right out and say it. Dont pretend the thought of white people doesnt make you physically ill. Dont hide behind your own selfish sense of pride and pretend you are something else.

  195. souldogdave says: Mar 29, 2012 5:46 PM

    Well, if the percentage of African-American Head coaches needs to be leveled, racially, perhaps we should look at players. Too many African-American PLAYERS, as compared to the other races. THIS MUST BE ADDRESSED, WE NEED A RULING!!We need racial equality in the NFL Draft, and on the rosters. More white, asian, and latin players otherwise we are B S .

  196. downslide33 says: Mar 29, 2012 5:48 PM

    The Saints are not to blame for this. They have every right to want Parcells, and if they have to conduct a sham interview to satisfy the league, then that is the league’s fault.

    ===================================

    How is this NOT the Saints fault??? Wasnt it the Saints who thumbed their noses at the NFL and covered up Bountygate??

  197. souldogdave says: Mar 29, 2012 5:50 PM

    Once again, for the second time TODAY, I tried to thumbs up a poster, and it wasn’t accepted. I am a registered participant here! Dryzzt23, I tried. I guess you made someone mad.

  198. souldogdave says: Mar 29, 2012 5:52 PM

    Three times in a row, just like last time. The thumbs are a lie, no integrity there.

  199. commandercornpone says: Mar 29, 2012 5:56 PM

    hey rooneyists, u have no business dictating who any team can hire.

    if u want to tell a team who to hire, buy the team then tell yerself who to hire.

    until then, continue being michael vick’s unpaid agent and an allaround race baiter and rabble rouser. i hear there are openings for that kind of thing down in fla these days. msnbc and cnn are probly hiring for that since they dont actually report real news or make intelligent commentary.

  200. mediasloppy says: Mar 29, 2012 5:56 PM

    I don’t understand the whole thing. Hiring a head coach like Parcells is like getting slapped on the wrist. Whatever coaches the Saints have on their current pay-roll should fill those roles and if they want a brand new coach Payton should be fired.

  201. jbmartindale says: Mar 29, 2012 6:01 PM

    Denny Green’s phone is ringing

  202. edavidberg says: Mar 29, 2012 6:08 PM

    There should be exceptions for every rule.

    I don’t see how the Rooney Rule should even apply to this. They are not hiring a head coach. They are hiring a temporary replacement. I don’t think many assistants white or black would be interested in this job unless they had a deal to remain with the Saints after the year is up … or maybe before if Payton appeals.

  203. bobl242 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:10 PM

    Who would want the job knowing it’s only for one year anyway?

  204. bigbalz says: Mar 29, 2012 6:13 PM

    It looks like the majority of people agree that the Rooney rule is a joke and an absolute waste of time. The rule is outdated and is racist to begin with. Oh yeah, I forgot, its ok if its racist as long as it benefits the black agenda.

  205. raider17 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:15 PM

    First of all I don’t know why this rule is not named
    after Al Davis. He did just as much or more for
    minorities in the NFL as Rooney! I guess suing
    the league might have something to do with it.
    Anyway, the Steelers had no intention on hiring
    Tomlinson. He blew them away in his “farce”
    interview! The powe structure had to be forced
    to be more inclusive. Just like lunch counters,
    and public schools. Don’t act like you don’t know
    the ugly history of this country! Some of you all
    are not old enough to remember the NFL of the 70′s.
    Mostly black players, but all white coaches.
    The rule is spot on and absolutely necessary!
    Until racism is not a factor, not in our lifetime,
    this rule needs to be in place!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  206. raider17 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:19 PM

    First of all I don’t know why this rule is not named
    after Al Davis. He did just as much or more for
    minorities in the NFL as Rooney! I guess suing
    the league might have something to do with it.
    Anyway, the Steelers had no intention on hiring
    Tomlinson. He blew them away in his “farce”
    interview! The powe structure had to be forced
    to be more inclusive. Just like lunch counters,
    and public schools. Don’t act like you don’t know
    the ugly history of this country! Some of you all
    are not old enough to remember the NFL of the 70′s.
    Mostly black players, but all white coaches.
    The rule is spot on and absolutely necessary!
    Until racism is not a factor, not in our lifetime,
    this rule needs to be in place!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

    Stupid spell checker I obviously meant Tomlin

  207. Angry Orange Man says: Mar 29, 2012 6:29 PM

    Seriously, this is BILL PARCELLS. A guy that should have been a first ballot HOFer. Parcells is a football God. It’s not like they’re giving the job to Jim Zorn or something.

    Bill Parcells color has NOTHING to do with why they want him. Anyone with half a brain knows that which is why Herm is all up in arms.

  208. skinsrock says: Mar 29, 2012 6:30 PM

    The Rooney Rule… Is that where all the owners do whatever the Rooney’s say… like the collusive dismantling of the Cowboys & Redskins salary cap?

  209. philtration says: Mar 29, 2012 6:33 PM

    Interview Herm Edwards and then tell the media that you could not find a single thing about him that made you want to hire him as your coach.

  210. laserw says: Mar 29, 2012 6:33 PM

    Herm…. you are a jerk.

    I have offer the following rule that I’ll call the “Herm Edwards Rule”….

    Before any team can acquire any player through free agency, drafting, or through trade, they have to consider a non-minority player. Because there is an over-representation of minorities in the NFL compared to the overall population, each team cannot sign any player until they interview at least one white player.

    The Rooney Rule is by effect racist. Instead of just identifying the best population and then to select from that, we now have to put race on hiring in order to remove race from hiring.

    I’m not sure what these race-baiters don’t understand about Martin Luther King when he says to judge “by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.”

    Your turn, Herm. Ready to become race-neutral?

  211. justareasonablevoice says: Mar 29, 2012 6:34 PM

    The rooney rule is ineffective.

    There should be incentives for hiring a qualified minority coach. Such as extra money from the TV contracts or extra cap money.

    I would still take Parcells over most minority coaches anyway.

  212. voiceofsweetness says: Mar 29, 2012 6:57 PM

    laserw says:

    “Herm Edwards Rule”
    Excellent point. I mean if they don’t institute something like this now they will have to have a reverse Rooney rule because minority players will be much more qualified down the road because of the sheer percentages.
    The rules are ALL getting to be ridiculous. I pray we don’t end up playing 2 hand touch with women one day.

  213. blspears says: Mar 29, 2012 7:08 PM

    Maybe if Herm wasn’t such a terrible coach he would have gotten an interview. The Rooney Rule stupid.

  214. thetooloftools says: Mar 29, 2012 7:15 PM

    Mike Tomlin. I live in Cleveland, the Steelers are satan… bla bla bla…. Great team, great organization. Noll, Cower, who? what? why? and Tomlin is a beast.
    They didn’t pull his name out of a hat. They were looking for a coach before anyone knew they were looking for a coach. Just a great hire. The Rooney Rule needs to go. It really looks bad. It’s like some people NEED to get under the tent. Trust me… if you can keep it together… you’ll get your shot. I thought Ty Willingham was a stud… but then Chuncky Charlie killed ND even worse. Skin color no longer matters.

  215. warlocalcott says: Mar 29, 2012 7:22 PM

    What kind of a stupid question is that? Oh well, it maybe not be a stupid question, when it concerns a stupid rule.
    If you know who you want to hire, why in the heck would you need to interview anyone else????
    If I want to hire my best friend to run my start-up company after I hit the power-ball, and I know I don’t want
    anyone else. Why do I have to interview anyone else???? Any what self-respecting human being is going to interview for a job,
    that he knows, right of the bat, the he isn’t going to get?????

  216. raider17 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:23 PM

    Well if the power structure didn’t have to be
    FORCED to be fair there would be no need for
    the Rooney rule. This is what happens when
    you’re unfair for decades. Eventually you’re
    gonna have to make it right! Deal with it!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  217. saintsly says: Mar 29, 2012 7:24 PM

    So, offer the job to Hermie for $7.00 an hour if it bothers him so much.

  218. warlocalcott says: Mar 29, 2012 7:24 PM

    What kind of a stupid question is that? Oh well, it maybe not be a stupid question, when it concerns a stupid rule.
    If you know who you want to hire, why in the heck would you need to interview anyone else????
    If I want to hire my best friend to run my start-up company after I hit the power-ball, and I know I don’t want anyone else. Why do I have to interview anyone else????
    Anyways, what self-respecting human being is going to interview for a job, that he knows, right of the bat, the he isn’t going to get?????
    And what cruel establishment would ask that of them????

  219. j0esixpack says: Mar 29, 2012 7:29 PM

    It’s awful to see so many mock the Rooney Rule

    At this rate we’ll never have a black President

  220. jf203 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:30 PM

    Instead of Rooney Rule..just call it the “TOKEN PATSIE” rule..its a slight on minorities and a STUPID RULE

  221. mindyloohoo says: Mar 29, 2012 7:38 PM

    I f’ing hate you, Herm Edwards…and I don’t hate!! This is the most ridiculous commentary I’ve heard. Seriously? Do we live in America? Why are you being racist against the white guy? Why does race play a part? Because honestly, it NEVER entered my mind…until you brought it up. You are a disgrace to the HUMAN race…which is the only one I subscribe to.

  222. forthehaters says: Mar 29, 2012 7:52 PM

    For all of you who are calling the Rooney rule and affirmative action”Racism” or “Reverse Racism” (Whatever that is) It was Racism by White peole that caused affrimative action and subsequent rules and laws like the Rooney rule. You rednecks need to go read a book!

    Like Public Enemy’s album cover once read:
    “Fear of a Black Planet” LOL

  223. ascensionparish says: Mar 29, 2012 7:55 PM

    peachyc39 says:Mar 29, 2012 3:43 PM

    As a black female I find this “rule” to be really retarded. However, if it has to be used you definitely would not worry about it in this case because everyone knows that Parcells pretty much has this job in the bag. Even if he didn’t, I don’t think they would go beyond the Saints Organization for this one. That rule would be stupid and there is no way a minority candidate would want to waste their precious time coming in applying for a job that is not even available really anyways.
    ___________________________

    I hear what you’re saying, but I have a different perspective. If I were a black coach, say in the college ranks, it might be very beneficial for me to interview for a job even knowing I won’t get the job; because then my name is “out there.” For the Saints, that might put that coach on the radar for an open position in the future. For the candidate, that might open some doors to the NFL that otherwise might be closed.

  224. bimbomoose says: Mar 29, 2012 7:57 PM

    “You play to win the game.” Herm’s mad that they didn’t ask him to coach the game, so that he could go out a winner.

  225. bigbluefan1 says: Mar 29, 2012 7:59 PM

    If I owned a billion dollar business and had to pick the guy that I wanted to run it and do a good job
    Would I really care about his skin color its about winning it all not inviting the guy to the club for drinks who cares about color.

    On the flip side should there not be more white players invited to the combine? And the draft.
    should teams be required to have 50% of the players be white?

    Other then owners the major part of every teams payroll goes to players of races other then white is that fair to the white players?

    If the NFL is going to require Black Coaches then maybe its time to require white players

  226. SeenThisB4 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:07 PM

    The Roomey rule is the biggest sham of all.

  227. charger383 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:08 PM

    Repeal the rooney rule

  228. mmmpierogi says: Mar 29, 2012 8:13 PM

    raider17 says: Mar 29, 2012 6:15 PM

    First of all I don’t know why this rule is not named
    after Al Davis. He did just as much or more for
    minorities in the NFL as Rooney! I guess suing
    the league might have something to do with it.
    Anyway, the Steelers had no intention on hiring
    Tomlinson. …

    *****************************************************************

    Dear Raider Homer:

    (1) Do you know anything about why, when, or how the Rooney Rule was developed? I have seen Al Davis discuss issues related to this and know where his stance was, but there’s a bit of history to the rule.

    (2) Tomlinson? Good job.

  229. dryzzt23 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:37 PM

    KC Chiefs fired Todd Haley, a white coach

    Without interviewing anyone else, they hired Romeo Crennel, a black coach

    Why does Herm Edwards not mention this? Why is it perfectly fine for a team to hire a black coach w/o ever being forced to interview a white, Hispanic, or Asian coach but if a team MUST interview a black coach before they can hire a non-black coach?

    The Chiefs should have been FORCED to interview a non-block coach before offering the job to Crennel.

    One set of rules for blacks.
    Another set of rules for everyone else.
    Oh and don’t ever even think about criticizing the rules for blacks lest you be labeled a racist.

  230. backindasaddle says: Mar 29, 2012 8:38 PM

    * Edwards said on ESPN: “That’s the shame of it all.”

    > Actually Herm…………. “The Shame” is that you were such a gawdawful horrendous coach that you were an embarrassment to the entire black coaching fraternity. Horrible horrible coach. Your Holier-Than-Thou-Righteousness follow up by consistently crappy coaching made you a tough pill to swallow. Then on top of it all, you applied aggressive intimidation tactics towards anybody (the reporters) who dared question you on your crappy losing record or game losses caused by your bad decisions or bad clock management or any number of other screw ups. This all really caused me to dislike you as a person and as a coach. The fact that you were a black man had nothing to do with it….. a D**k Head is a D**k Head no matter the color of their skin.

    * “Edwards added that the Saints have already, by reaching out to Parcells but not reaching out to any minorities, indicated that they’re going to go after the coach they want and not broaden their coaching search to include minority candidates, which the Rooney Rule is designed to make teams do.”

    > Just imagine that any team , business or institution would have the outlandish AUDACITY! to actually pursuit and hire the candidate they deem best suited to help them succeed. OUTRAGEOUS!!!… OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!!

    >>>>> The only thing that’s “a shame” or “a scam” is the Rooney Rule itself <<<<<

    The Rooney Rule is by definition a race-based policy. Any policy/law/regulation etc… that is race-based is by it's very nature intrinsically a racist policy/law/regulation. We can not and will not ever achieve genuine racial equality in society if we continue to impose policies/laws/regulations designed to eradicate the equal out of equality.

  231. jjbadd says: Mar 29, 2012 8:43 PM

    There’s already enough nigrows in the NFL to make a triology of Tarzan movies..piss on that rule! Time to help catch whitey back up! White people are the minorities now…

  232. tucsonpackfan says: Mar 29, 2012 8:48 PM

    Edwards still uses training wheels while riding his stationary bike and that’s dumb just like this rule.

    All the Saints need to do is call him VP of Coaching management, with the duties ointerimim coach included.

  233. wicky888 says: Mar 29, 2012 8:50 PM

    This isnt 1950 anyone, ditch this useless rule.

  234. burgandyandgoldfan says: Mar 29, 2012 8:54 PM

    >“They’re making a mockery of the rule right now,” Edwards said.

    The Rooney rule makes a mockery of talented minority coaches.

    What self respecting minority coach wants to fly to Louisiana and waste their time?

  235. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 29, 2012 8:58 PM

    Herm Edwards is an idiot! The Rooney rule sucks as well.

  236. wicky888 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:00 PM

    Black head coaches last year: Romeo Crennel, Hue Jackson, Leslie Frazier, Lovie Smith, Marv Lewis, Mike Tomlin, Raheem Morris, Todd Bowles (interim, we wont count him)

    7 Black head coaches / 32 NFL teams = 22%
    Approximate % black population in the US = 12.6%

    I’d say the NFL has moved beyond the need for this rule

  237. raider17 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:00 PM

    Dear Raider Homer:

    (1) Do you know anything about why, when, or how the Rooney Rule was developed? I have seen Al Davis discuss issues related to this and know where his stance was, but there’s a bit of history to the rule.

    (2) Tomlinson? Good job.

    Dear sir, yes I do, but my statement stands.
    Al Davis’ hired the first black coach, hired the
    1st woman exec, even had a qb and coach of Mexian
    decent win a SB! You can’t question Al Davis’ record!
    Oh and by the way I corrected the Tomlin mistake
    caused by the spell checker! Smart a55!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  238. dadawg77 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:04 PM

    Rodney rule intent is to break up the old boys club of NFL coaches was/is. It didn’t force anyone to hire anyone just to interview them. If a coach gets enough interviews he becomes a hot commodity and will get a job, see Rivera and Fraizer. Not sure they are NFL head coaches without the Rodney rule.

    Payton going to Parcells is purely old boy club. Another reason why back in the day and today so many coaches are retreads.

  239. cuda1234 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:08 PM

    Remember when a great man dreamed of a day when people would be judged by the content of their character and NOT by the color of their skin? Do you think the NFL will ever abandon the racist Rooney rule and help him realize that dream?

  240. canetic says: Mar 29, 2012 9:09 PM

    “Please don’t make a mockery of this.”

  241. thetruth619 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:12 PM

    It’s always amazed me that people get more upset about the Rooney rule than they do about the fact that the Rooney rule was necessary in the first place lol.

    Just funny that when you force a level playing field, people are up in arms over it. I guarantee those same people were not up in arms when franchises were refusing to hire minority head coaches.

    But hey, as long as ”my group” gets preferential treatment…it’s ok right?? lol

    Ridiculous

  242. drbob117 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:26 PM

    The Rooney Rule has always been absurd on it’s face; all it really does is diminish the candidacy of perfectly qualified candidates like Mike Tomlin and Leslie Frazier, because there will always be people who would say that they got an interview simply due to the Rooney Rule, when their accomplishments were what got them the job. In any case , the Rooney Rule should be waived in this case, because the job actually belongs to Sean Payton and any guy coming in for 2012 knows he’ll only be coaching the one year. Not to mention that the NFL sanction is the reason they have to look in the first place.

  243. musicman495 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:27 PM

    I am totally in agreement with the goals of the Rooney Rule, and the positive results on the hiring of minority coaches is undeniable. But wouldn’t it be useful, Herm, to wait until we see what the Saints actually DO, before we decide they are making a mockery of it? It is only a mockery if they hire Parcells (which they have not decided on, and he has not accepted) without talking to a minority candidate, if that is even required with such an interim 10-month position. If they hire from within, they are not obligated to talk to ANYone from outside – White, Black, or otherwise.

  244. philtration says: Mar 29, 2012 9:27 PM

    scoboscobs says: Mar 29, 2012 4:02 PM

    Here’s where all the Obama supporters start talking about Parcells only getting hired because he’s white. Give me a break.
    ====================================

    You do realize that Obama was “elected” President right?
    As a matter of fact the election was not even close so you really need to get over it and move on already.

  245. geauxmez says: Mar 29, 2012 9:28 PM

    who cares? If Big Tuna is the right man for the job, then hes the right man for the job. nothing to do with race.

  246. musicman495 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:33 PM

    mediasloppy says: Mar 29, 2012 5:56 PM

    I don’t understand the whole thing. Hiring a head coach like Parcells is like getting slapped on the wrist. Whatever coaches the Saints have on their current pay-roll should fill those roles and if they want a brand new coach Payton should be fired.
    ———————————————-
    I have bad news for you – you are not Roger Goodell OR Tom Benson, so you do not get to set the terms of Sean Payton’s suspension, or choose the interim coach.

  247. miamisaint3255 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:34 PM

    Saints are doing a great job of turning a negative situation into a positive. Other teams may have collapsed, but the Saints just roll on and are competing for a super bowl to host at home. Great situation for Parcells and the Saints. He gets another super bowl and another chance to coach, but does not have to commit for even a year’s time frame, and the Saints get a hall of fame and legendary coach to oversee things and keep the team motivated all season, while the Saints coordinators and other assistants can focus on their jobs.

  248. ivibaileyivi says: Mar 29, 2012 9:51 PM

    The Rooney rule is a joke. This is America 2012!! its such a racist rule in my judgement. You should be able to interview who every you want whether its white,black puerto rican or asian! We need to stop living in the past thinking we are all different because the color of our skin. We all breathe,bleed and should believe the same.

  249. rcali says: Mar 29, 2012 10:10 PM

    I think a woman should have to be interviewed as well, as well as, at least one illegal alien.

  250. bedmanokc says: Mar 29, 2012 10:11 PM

    And we all know, that Herm Edwards is a proven intelligent football man. This guy is the one who pulled off the “blockbuster deal” by sending Jarred Allen in the prime of his career and after leading the league in sacks (AFTER he missed the first 4 games of the year) and he got in return……uh a can of spam and a high priced toe nail clipper……

    actually he got a 1st round pick, Dorsey I think…..

    Up yours Germ, he also led the Chiefs to the worst 2 years in team history

  251. cannonballdookie says: Mar 29, 2012 10:40 PM

    He is really supposed to be worried about that BS when he’s trying to get his team straightened out before he gets suspended in a few days. Herm is just mad because he was a horrible coach.

  252. tgcpanthersfan says: Mar 29, 2012 11:02 PM

    Wouldn’t interviewing a TRUE Saints fan could as fulfilling the Rooney Rule after all non bandwagon Saints fans are a minority

  253. tgcpanthersfan says: Mar 29, 2012 11:03 PM

    count as I mean not could lol

  254. rooneyruleblues says: Mar 29, 2012 11:19 PM

    This is a great thread.

    My nick is /relavant

  255. tonydero says: Mar 29, 2012 11:36 PM

    This rule is a joke. Call me what you want. This has nothing to do with color as I would be more than stoked to have a guy like Mike Tomlin coaching my team. I will leave things and thoughts with this…May the best candidate win regardless of color! I am sorry if I know what I want and skipped over a minority or this white guy or whoever.

  256. saintspat says: Mar 30, 2012 12:04 AM

    In other news, Goodell said we’ll look at an 18 game schedule later this year. But the Saints don’t care about player safety so no Sean Payton for a year. Lets play 18 games, this league cares about player safety.

  257. beej6 says: Mar 30, 2012 12:44 AM

    Rooney rule should not apply here, for a suspended head coach.
    I love Parcells but actually think the team (but not Payton?) would be better off promoting one of their assistants.

  258. marcinhouston says: Mar 30, 2012 1:17 AM

    There should be an exception to the Rooney rule for if you hire a coach with 5+ years of NFL head coaching experience. The rule should be about making sure that minorities have a fair share of new opportunities, and if you make sure that minorities have a fair shot at the new opportunities, they can take care of themselves as far as the second and third opportunities that will go to experienced coaches.

  259. reggiebush25 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:36 AM

    Herm could not coach the little sisters of the poor. He had two chances and couldn’t cut the mustard. Now he’s a know it all like Mangini.

  260. orcheon says: Mar 30, 2012 2:06 AM

    Do the Saints have a minority already on their staff? Could always interview him.

    Actually, i’m pretty sure they don’t.

  261. saintlaron says: Mar 30, 2012 2:24 AM

    Conclusion: White folks hate the Rooney Rule.

    A brother can’t even get a interview without y’all hating smh. For the league to be roughly 80% black players, kinda silly that there isn’t more black GMs & coaches. The NBA doesn’t have this issue.

  262. raideralex99 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:32 AM

    The Rooney rule is a joke … I thought the ideal is to assemble the best coaching staff and players to win the SB … who cares what race they are.

    The last time I checked whites are a minority according to the world population. I think every NFL team should had to have at least 50% whites on the team …. now you see how dumb that sounds.
    Remember Jason Whitlock’s article a couple of years ago … the NFL teams with the best winning record have the most white players on the team … only a black reporter could get away with that comment.

  263. hallcyon says: Mar 30, 2012 5:09 AM

    The story thus far – no one knows, certainly not Herman Edwards and Jerry Rice, as to who the New Orleans Saints have already interviewed or informal discussions with regarding the interim head coaching position. The ruling by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell states that the Saints can NOT hire anyone from another staff. So the Saints MUST hire from within the organization, which the members of Saints organization has stated it has met with their coaching staff to discuss such. Members of that staff that qualify as a minority non-Caucasoid would be Henry Ellard (Receivers coach, 1st season), Travis Jones (Assistant Defensive line coach, 5th season) and Carter Sheridan (Player Relations & Assistant Receivers Coach, 9th season). As the team hasn’t announced interviewing ANYONE as of yet, then what is their argument? Who are the minority coaches that the Saints organization has not yet interviewed, despite not having interviewed anyone officially as of yet? Who? Herman Edwards? Well I can say that with statements like that no team in the NFL will be interviewing him when he attacks the practices of clubs and how they interview without any sound argument. His statements come across to me – this commentator – as being whining that the Saints have not sought out coaches due to their skin color, not the content of their character and ability to do the job of an executive and head coach which the Saints require (to take the place of Loomis and Payton to set the roster and do their jobs while suspended) – who are not currently employed by the NFL. Who else could the Saints talk too? Dennis Green? Art Shell? Herman Edwards? Clarence Sheldon?

    While I only read what was posted here regarding Edwards commentary, it seems quite racist from my perspective. It’s bad enough that the statements made are illogical. But overall seems possible that Edwards is whining because his name hasn’t been discussed and will unfairly and quite unethically use race to make his points.

    Jerry Rice nonsensical commentary in turning this non-issue for which he has no evidence for points he puts forth seems to just be shooting his loud mouth off. There is no reason to make assumptions that the Saints organization aren’t looking into all options. Again use of race to get a point across. Revolting.

    What’s worse a bigot or some one who exploits bigotry to attack people unfairly or both? Sadly not many are even asking such questions.

  264. nite2al says: Mar 30, 2012 5:47 AM

    @ tonydero

    I’m confused?!#%? Tomlin was hired due to the advent of the Rooney rule.

    Why do some many people hate this rule? It is about the right to an interview– you are not granted the job. The mere fact that so many of you hate this rule and call this rule racist shows just how far away we are from ever understanding this race issue in America.

    But I don’t blame you — you never had doors slammed in your face because of the color of your skin.

  265. jollyrob68 says: Mar 30, 2012 6:54 AM

    NO need for rooney rule because Payton is the Coach he’s suspended and Parcells is just an interim Coach until Payton is back. Tallk about unnecessary BS from the Black Media..
    Don’t worry its ok. I’M BLACK. TOTAL BS HERM ROONEY RULE DOESN’T APPLY BECAUSE PAYTON IS SUSPENDED AND WILL BE THE COACH NEXT YEAR.

  266. dickroy says: Mar 30, 2012 7:42 AM

    I do think that the Rooney rule was installed with good intentions, but it is really a joke. The rule says teams have to interview a minority candidate, but it does not state that a team has to hire him. Any team is going to hire the coach that they want regardless of the Rooney rule. This rule should be done away with. It is making a mockery out of the whole idea.

  267. bangitfootball says: Mar 30, 2012 7:47 AM

    They Rooney rule deserves to be mocked. Whats next the Charlie Chan rule where a chinese man must be interviewed also?

  268. bangitfootball says: Mar 30, 2012 7:53 AM

    owner: Hi coach we would like to call you in for an interview for our head coaching job here in New Orleans.

    Minority coach: But I thought your going to hire Bill Parcells . a HOF coach. Ive only coached Division
    owner: Well your a quota baby actually, its to satisfy that danged Rooney Rule. You dont actually expect to be hired over Bill Parcells do you?

    Owner: Theyll be a free steak dinner in it for ya at Ruth Chris Steakhouse.

    Minority coach: Ill be there.

  269. bigvinnyinjax says: Mar 30, 2012 7:58 AM

    The Rooney Rule makes a mockery of the NFL would be a better headline.

    I always refer to it as the Denny Rule, because once a team has chosen their coach they go interview Dennis Green and then offer the job to the guy they wanted anyway.

    Stupid ancient rule made up by stupid ancient millionaires.

  270. laeaglefan says: Mar 30, 2012 9:23 AM

    I really don’t see the problem if a team identifies a specific person and declares “This is my coach”. This happens in the business world all the time. Why go through an interviewing process when you already know who you want for the job? It seems to me that the Rooney Rule is there just for the sake of having it.
    You’re never going to eliminate prejudice 100% in this world, but most owners today are going to hire the best man available for the job (in their opinion), regardless of color.

  271. slash2606 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:56 PM

    Herm never won a damn thing in his life except that Giants game.
    By the way Herm you should have been paying bounties too-you might be a candidate yourself if you won more than a few games a year. Your are still better on tv than Skip Brainless and Dan Dinkeldorf though.

  272. hecrow55 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:21 PM

    It is a one and out coaching job. Would Edwards or Rice come to an interview knowing that?

  273. twilldog says: Mar 30, 2012 3:58 PM

    I understand what Herm and Jerry are saying, but I think they are misguided in this particular instance. As an African-American, I understand the struggle for equal opportunities in the professional sports coaching world. The Rooney rule doesn’t state that blacks have to be hired, simply that there must be an interview process and that blacks are included in the process. Contrary to what many people believe, there is NOT equality in the way people are interviewed for these jobs, and were it not for the Rooney rule, some of the gentlemen who are coaches today wouldn’t have even had the opportunity to interview.
    That said, unique situations call for unique rulings. The Rooney rule pertains to hiring coaches. Sean Payton is still the head coach of the Saints. He’s been suspended, not fired. He will still be the coach when his suspension is served. This isn’t the actual “hiring” of a head coach, it’s the “selecting” of someone to be the figurehead of the organization while Payton serves his time. This isn’t the same as out and out hiring of a head coach, and it doesn’t necessitate the same rules. Were Payton to be fired in the meantime, then the Rooney Rule in my opinion should be followed.
    Remember also none of this would be necessary if Joe Vitt, the assistant head coach, hadn’t been suspended also – Vitt would have become the head coach and all this would be moot. And no one would have questioned any of this Rooney Rule issue.
    As well, when the Saints spoke of promoting Pete Carmichael or Steve Spagnuolo, the OC and DC, to the spot, no one batted an eye. It’s only because they are speaking to Parcells, who is outside the organization, that this is an issue. If it’s going to be an issue, then it needs to be an issue in everyone’s minds ALL THE TIME, not just when it conveniently fits your argument.

  274. dickpoundsit says: Mar 31, 2012 8:18 AM

    “They’re making a mockery of the rule right now,” Edwards said.

    That may be so, but it should be stated that the Rooney Rule makes a complete mockery of common sense. This scenario proves it.

    It ain’t 1962 no more, cuz.

  275. dickpoundsit says: Mar 31, 2012 9:01 AM

    11inthebox says:
    It’s so predictable. The people who defend the Rooney Rule or make everything in their life about race are white, social apologists and racist, militant blacks who have no white friends, acquaintances or family members.

    There, I fixed it for you.

  276. besdayz says: Mar 31, 2012 9:45 AM

    Rooney rule is another stupid bureaucratic mechanism that tries to solve racism. People don’t realize you can’t legislate it beyond making sure no discrimination occurs. This is affirmative action at its worst.

    It dumb, doesn’t work, defies common sense and should be revoked with an indefinite suspension.

  277. lengai says: Mar 31, 2012 12:21 PM

    The Commissioner did not allow enough time for the Rooney Rule to be used properly. This is not on the Saints. They were given 2 weeks to find and hire a coach that could come in and run the team. The Commissioner knew that an outside coach would be considered and he also knew that it would have to be done before the start of Sean’s suspension because it was an UNPLANNED head coaching move. The Rooney Rule was never intended or designed for this type of scenario so the team should be exempt because everyone knows it is a joke. Herm isn’t the guy anyway. Dungy sure, but he doesn’t want to coach.

  278. bcgreg says: Apr 2, 2012 8:40 PM

    Big difference is that Payton is still the HC of the Saints. He was suspended not fired. Parcells would be an INTERIM HC. He’s not replacing him permanently, so does the Rooney Rule, which is a joke, even apply in this instance? Personally, I don’t understand why a current member of the Saints staff can’t take over and avoid this whole question to begin with. Plus, Parcells is a HOF coach. It’s not like he’s asking Rich Kotite to take over!

  279. gknowles52 says: Apr 3, 2012 11:34 AM

    I thought there was an exception to the Rooney Rule for teams that only interview one candidate. There’s no way for this process to not be farcical in this situation. The Saints know exactly who they want, and race doesn’t have anything to do with it. The exception would allow teams to not insult minority coaches by putting them through a useless interview. If the exception doesn’t exist, it should.

  280. malee2 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:45 AM

    “Edwards added that the Saints have already, by reaching out to Parcells but not reaching out to any minorities, indicated that they’re going to go after the coach they want and not broaden their coaching search to include minority candidates”

    That is the point of all employers. You go after the employee that you want not some sham rule. This rule is ridiculous. I don’t care if you are purple or green, black or white, if you know football then I want you!

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