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Saints can stay in-house to comply with Rooney Rule

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At a time when plenty of Saints fans aren’t happy with the league office, “Who Dat” nation will be happy to know that the folks on Park Avenue have given the Saints an easy path out of the Rooney Rule minefield that otherwise may have prevented the team from hiring Bill Parcells to replace Sean Payton in 2012.

Although the Saints must comply with the Rooney Rule only if the Saints choose to hire an interim coach from outside the organization, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that the Saints may comply with the Rooney Rule by interviewing a current member of the coaching staff.

And so, if the Saints simply choose to interview every current position coach for the job, that necessarily will encompass newly-hired receivers coach Henry Ellard, which will allow the Saints to then hire Parcells without interviewing any minority candidate who is not already working for the team.

At a time when the NFL is making such a big deal about the failure of the Redskins and Cowboys to comply with the “spirit” of the salary cap, it’s hard to reconcile this loophole with the “spirit” of the Rooney Rule.

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  1. mikea311 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:34 AM

    what a dumb rule.

  2. tjacks7 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:37 AM

    The Rooney Rule is such a joke. These owners invest hundreds of millions of dollars into these teams, do you really think they wouldn’t hire a minority candidate if they’re the best candidate? What is this, 1885?

    And do you really think a team that is simply satisfying this “interview a minority” rule is going to not hire the guy they originally intended to hire just because they’re forced to interview a minority?

    This entire rule is a joke.

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 30, 2012 10:38 AM

    What about a rule specifically requiring an Asian coach be interviewed… that segment of the community is way underrepresented in coaching.. And no off-shoring coordinator jobs to low cost markets!!

  4. chrisritch93 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:38 AM

    No rule broken, no foul.

  5. das14 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:38 AM

    I think things have changed since the Rooney Rule was put in place. Get rid of it? Yes we can.

  6. sportmentary says: Mar 30, 2012 10:39 AM

    This cheating organization should be forced to comply to every single rule. They haven’t earned the right to have a workaround to ant rule.

  7. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 30, 2012 10:39 AM

    “comply”
    good to know interviewing a minority is nothing more than a technicality.

  8. ghostofgilchrist says: Mar 30, 2012 10:40 AM

    This is clearly a unique situation; the Rooney Rule should not apply.
    When a coach is fired mid-season, the Rule doesn’t apply when an interim coach is named to finish out the year.

  9. patfic15 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:40 AM

    This is not the hope and change I voted for…

  10. skippynj says: Mar 30, 2012 10:40 AM

    Nah, nah, na, na, nah!

  11. marvsleezy says: Mar 30, 2012 10:43 AM

    SAINTS: “Bill Parcell’s great great great grandfather was black – Little known fact.”

  12. cardiovascularendurance says: Mar 30, 2012 10:43 AM

    There’s nothing more that I love than a bunch of off-season Rooney rule stories.

  13. goodluckking says: Mar 30, 2012 10:43 AM

    What a joke. This makes it a mockery of the rule.

    I recall the Lions had tried to interview countless minority candidates when they hired Mooch and were turned down. I do not believe they were afforded the same option to interview from within, they did have African-American coaches in the organization at that time.

  14. bray72 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:44 AM

    Are you kidding? The Rooney rule is not “affirmative action.” It’s designed to at least give minorities a look, and then the team hires the best fit for their team.

    It sure worked properly in Pittsburgh, Tampa, Indy, Chicago, K.C., etc.

    Stop it!

    (Note: Good chance you’ll probably delete this like you have with half of my posts which hold this site accountable.)

  15. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 30, 2012 10:45 AM

    das14 says:
    Mar 30, 2012 10:38 AM
    I think things have changed since the Rooney Rule was put in place. Get rid of it? Yes we can.
    ___________________

    No. Then you’re going to see the same problem you had before it. Things have gotten better but when people have to “comply” with the rule in order to even consider a minority head coaching candidate, something is wrong. What’s going to stop every head coach from hiring in-house? without having to bring in a minority candidate.

  16. abengalfan says: Mar 30, 2012 10:45 AM

    Hopefully in the not to distant future the day will come when The Rooney Rule is no longer needed.
    That will signal progress.

  17. bigbalz says: Mar 30, 2012 10:46 AM

    The Rooney rule was meant to help “ALL” minorities, but for some reason the black coaching candidates think they are the only minority. There have been plenty of black coaches that have got their chance and this rule needs to be eliminated immediately. It does nothing but breed more racism.

  18. leftcoastnative says: Mar 30, 2012 10:46 AM

    The Rooney Rule is so easy to manipulate, and with the ability to interview an in-house minority coach, like Henry Ellard who was just hired and with absolutely no chance of being a legitimate head coaching candidate, the Saints can add a year to his contract or funnel him some more money and/or perks for accommodating the franchise’s wishes so Benson can go outside to hire Tuna. The whole situation is such a charade and fraudulent.

  19. jayevanoff says: Mar 30, 2012 10:46 AM

    Mike, I’m not a Saints fan at all, but who the hell are they supposed to interview if no minority wants to interview? The rule is the sham in this case, not the Saints. They got punished hard, who cares if they get Parcells.

  20. jimr10 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:47 AM

    Since they violated the bounty rule… why would you think they would not cheat on hiring the coach…

  21. ozz2012 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:48 AM

    If you weren’t racist before, things like the Rooney Rule and Spike Lee will make sure you are one when it’s all said and done…

  22. skoobyfl says: Mar 30, 2012 10:56 AM

    I actually remember the Colts doing this & hiring a minority candidate, so this rule is there for a reason.

  23. woodyg says: Mar 30, 2012 10:57 AM

    Will it ever end?

    This goes to once again prove that the punishment for ‘bountygate’ should have been a complete dismantling of the New Orleans franchise. A player/coach dispersal draft would have exiled the guilty to a defunct career ending. The SuperDome would have been torn down. All written mention of a team named the Saints would have been removed from NFL history. Any conversation of a Saint’s football team in public would be deemed illegal by Congress. It would be like the Saints never existed.

    Instead of “Who Dat”, it would be “Where Dat.”

  24. hatesycophants says: Mar 30, 2012 10:58 AM

    3% of NFL players are Asian. The jackassery of nflofficeadmin notwithstanding, the Rooney Rule should not apply here and should be reviewed for appropriate enhancement generally.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  25. jackers252 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:59 AM

    Yeah, the league banned the Saints from interviewing minorities on other teams’ staffs. How is that in the “spirit” of the Rooney Rule?

    All you guys care about are punishments to other peoples teams. Get over yourself and start pointing fingers at the hypocritical league front office.

  26. deegizzle says: Mar 30, 2012 11:04 AM

    I’m surprised the Rooney Rule even comes into play here. This isn’t a true head coaching hire, this is a temporary replacement, hand-picked by th team’s true head coach.

    Why would any minority want to interview and leave what they’re doing now for a job that they know they’re going to be fired from in 9 months?

  27. brockdrego says: Mar 30, 2012 11:05 AM

    Classic example of a select few determining what’s good for a society and masses a a whole. It’s an antiquated, condescending, and moronic rule in the first place. Not an aints fan either. Cause hey, look how good the rule has done thus far. I mean there’s a veritable bevy of minority head coaches out there now. Smell the sarcasm?

  28. encroachmentor says: Mar 30, 2012 11:07 AM

    What (non-current NFL) assistant coach outside this organization (black, white, yellow, red, green, etc) would want to be the “head coach” for one year where they would basically be asked run someone elses system and not be able to implement their own? The only reason Parcells is being considered is because of his affiliation with Payton and would basically be a facilitator/consultant. I’m pretty sure if Payton was the assistant coach for Tony Dungy, it would be Dungy who was the topic of this conversation and there would be no issue.

  29. musicman495 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:07 AM

    ghostofgilchrist says: Mar 30, 2012 10:40 AM

    This is clearly a unique situation; the Rooney Rule should not apply.
    When a coach is fired mid-season, the Rule doesn’t apply when an interim coach is named to finish out the year.
    ——————————
    Well said. I had not thought of the precedent with mid season firings.

    And for those who think that Henry Ellard is a fool for agreeing to such an interview, this is exactly what the Rooney rule was put in place for – give someone a chance to get their foot in the door even if they are not hired. Ellard – and all time great player who has only been an assistant for a short time – now gets his first experience interviewing for a head coaching job, and can put that on his resume for the next time.

  30. vegaskid21 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:08 AM

    Take That Herm Edwards!

  31. geo1113 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:09 AM

    When is a woman going to get an interview!!!!!!!

  32. cliffordc05 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:09 AM

    The Rooney Rule is like many rules and regulations with good intent. At some point they outlive their usefulness or try to right a wrong that no longer exists. The NFL coaching ranks are pretty well integrated. What would the reaction be among teams and fans if the NFL decides that the league needs more women coaches.

    Social engineering is not a bad thing but it can certainly be taken to an absurd extreme. We all know that in an emergency coaching move such as the one facing the Saints, an immediate decision must be made and the logical choice will be one with whom Saints management is comfortable.

  33. weskcfan says: Mar 30, 2012 11:13 AM

    The Rooney Rule has outlived it’s usefulness. Haven’t we gotten passed the need to “police” the interviewing of minority candidates?

    Everyone that follows football knows that the color of your skin or your ethnic background has nothing to do with how well you can coach, manage, or play. Let’s let the best, most qualified person get the job. Quit worrying about race already. This caucasian male is tired of race being a factor in ANYTHING.

    Don’t know why I even posted though, I’m sure this post will get stripped from the site just like 4 of every 5 posts I write.

  34. smirk11 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:13 AM

    Some of you people are dumb as hell.

    How is this a “get around” the Rooney Rule? The rule says they must interview a qualified minority candidate. Which they will. There’s no problem here. There’s no skirting of rules.

    Does the rule require they must hire that candidate? No. Does the rule require the minority be the first person they interview? No. Does the rule require they even have a chance at getting the job? No.

    The point of the Rooney Rule was to raise the profile of minority candidates around the league, get them interviews, and eventually they get a HC job somewhere. Getting an interview to Curtis Johnson or Henry Ellard complies with these goals.

    EVERY team in the league does this. They have a candidate that they want. If that candidate is not a minority, they interview a guy on their staff or just bring in some guy for a token interview. Guess what…your team does it too.

    By the way, this horribly racist organization pushed like crazy for Curtis Johnson to become the first black head coach in Tulane’s history, and he got the job. If he wouldn’t have gotten the job, he’d be the HC right now and they wouldn’t even be talking to Parcells.

  35. peterozelle says: Mar 30, 2012 11:13 AM

    Much like our own societal laws, at one point in time they made sense to force. But if the law works (in this case many minority HC’s have been hired/won), then eventually it won’t be needed because the law’s practice has become an accepted norm. Problem is that it’s much harder to get rid of a current law or rule than to add a new one. See USA circa 1950-20xx.

  36. farmmbig says: Mar 30, 2012 11:14 AM

    I fail to understand the logic in having the Rooney Rule in this situation— Any coach that’s being considered is only for a season anyway.

  37. sbs0311 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:27 AM

    The most illogical part of this is that the Saints are not allowed to interview assistants employed by the 31 other teams. So the exact coaches meant to benefit from the rule cannot participate.

    The Rooney Rule wasn’t exactly enacted so retreads like Art Shell and Dennis Green could interview for an interim head coaching job.

  38. jesse1834 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:28 AM

    They’ll hire him as a special asst. or some crap like that and then two days later say he’s the new head coach. That rule is so outdated.

  39. daknight93 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:30 AM

    dumb rule….hire the best qualified individual with the most experience and is a proven winner…race shouldn’t be an issue.

  40. qdog112 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:32 AM

    bigbalz says: Mar 30, 2012 10:46 AM

    The Rooney rule was meant to help “ALL” minorities, but for some reason the black coaching candidates think they are the only minority. There have been plenty of black coaches that have got their chance and this rule needs to be eliminated immediately. It does nothing but breed more racism.
    *****************************
    Got an example of black coaches thinking they’re the only minority? I didn’t think so, but since it fits your Faux Nues-like narrative, just stay with it.

    The rule is not so much stupid as the open ways teams circumvent it. That’s what makes it a joke. The rule has good intentions.

  41. realitypolice says: Mar 30, 2012 11:33 AM

    I’m not going to attack the Rooney Rule, but I simply don’t believe it should apply here.

    Why in the world would a qualified minority candidate, who assumedly already has a job, interview for a one-year interim position they have absolutely no chance of retaining past this season?

    I strongly believe that when applying rules to individual situations, you should run them through the “common sense” meter.

    Trying to enforce that specific rule in this specific situation simple doesn’t pass the common sense test.

  42. electionconfidential says: Mar 30, 2012 11:35 AM

    Kill the Rooney Rule.

  43. jacks40 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:35 AM

    It’s not a loophole, rule says interview a minority candidate and the positions coach is a minority candidate right?

    Part of rule’s “spirit” anyway is to give minority candidates interview experience, and to put the name of the candidate on mind of GMs even if they don’t get the job or even had no chance bc team already knew who it wanted. This complies with that spirit.

    A loophole would have been making Parcells a position coach, waiting 2 weeks and then promoting from “within”.

  44. theytukrjobs says: Mar 30, 2012 11:36 AM

    Currently all NFL head coaches are caucasian or african american. Currently there are 5.2 times as many non-Hispanic whites than non-hispanic african americans in the US as a whole.

    If race truly did not matter, you would expect about 5.2 times as many caucasian coaches than african american coaches. Currently there are 5 african american head coaches. Therefore mathematically you would expect 26 caucasian head coaches if race did not matter.

    But in reality there are actually 27 caucasian head coaches.

    I’m not saying that racism is over, but we are obviously past requiring things like the “Rooney Rule”. And if we are every to achieve MLK Jr.’s goals, we need to stop reminding everyone about race with rules and laws focused on race.

  45. Spencer says: Mar 30, 2012 11:36 AM

    It’s too late, any interview with a minority “candidate” for a job they’ve already publicly stated was going to someone else will be a complete farce. I’m just waiting to see what the next punishment handed down will be.

  46. kevpft says: Mar 30, 2012 11:38 AM

    weskcfan says:
    Mar 30, 2012 11:13 AM

    This caucasian male is tired of race being a factor in ANYTHING.

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

    I’m sure your suffering has been truly profound. How dare race continue to be a factor when you’re tired of it?

  47. gadgetdawg says: Mar 30, 2012 11:42 AM

    At worse I think the Rooney rule needs to be clarified. The original was adopted to force teams to look at a qualified minority each time they made a major hires.

    The upside of the rule was that it gave minority applicants a greater familiarity with the interview process and helped put those interviewed on other team’s radar screens. Perhaps the team should put out a memo right after the SB reminding teams of the rule and its applicability to minorities of all types.

  48. anarchopurplism says: Mar 30, 2012 11:46 AM

    What about a Rooney Rule for players?

    There are disproportionate of black defensive backs!

    There aren’t enough Chinese kickers!

    What about Native American Linebackers?

    And Canadians! How on earth will we solve this problem?

    I need some change I can believe in!!!!!!

  49. tarken10 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:46 AM

    The Rooney Rule actually serves as a mockery of itself. If it’s OK just to interview black coaches to comply with the rule, and then go and hire who you want, what good is the rule doing?

    So, in order to get the NFL off its back, the Saints will interview a black coach on their staff and then go and hire Parcells for one season.

    Racism, bigotry, discrimination, and hatred will never be legislated out of society. Ignorance must be defeated to cure these social ills.

  50. tombstone7 says: Mar 30, 2012 11:48 AM

    The NBA is way ahead of the NFL when it comes to interviewng minority coaches…..just sayning!

    However, both leagues have gangsters as Commissioners. I don’t blame the owners for wanting former G-Men as The Cops.

    The Chicago Whites Sox (8 Men Out) who threw the World Series created this and here we are….BTW, there was no Rooney Rules then, but racisism that kept players of color on the plantation.

  51. fullbagg says: Mar 30, 2012 11:51 AM

    The Rooney Rule. Lets juss hass the help comes ins fo a minate and juss ax sum quesgions! Den we be ok wit da Union…

    NFL is ruled by crusty old butted Maras that feel totally entitled to us public infulence and the Government to get wat dey want!!

    Only thing missing is the cotton…..

  52. rexismybff says: Mar 30, 2012 11:55 AM

    Neither the PFT bloggers nor the commenters seem to understand the purpose of the Rooney rule – it’s to give guys a chance to be interviewed – not to guarantee they will be hired.

    Several guys have ended up getting jobs just because they were given the interview opportunity. Tomlin is the foremost example – the Steelers’ job was supposed to belong to Whisenhunt, and Tomlin was interviewed to satisfy the Rooney rule. Problem was, Tomlin blew the Steelers away with his interview, got the job, and turned around and beat Whisenhunt’s team in the Super Bowl at the end of his second season.

    Ellard should interview if he is given the chance. Other GM’s will ask the Saints about how his interview went next off-season, when he is looking for another opportunity. If he wow’s them in this interview, other potential job opportunities will open up for him.

  53. uwsptke says: Mar 30, 2012 11:56 AM

    ghostofgilchrist says:
    Mar 30, 2012 10:40 AM
    This is clearly a unique situation; the Rooney Rule should not apply.
    When a coach is fired mid-season, the Rule doesn’t apply when an interim coach is named to finish out the year.

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

    It absolutely would apply in those situations – IF they went outside the organization. It’s already been stated that they don’t need to comply with the rule if they went internal to name an interim coach.

    You can argue that the rule itself is outdated and stupid (it is), but it is being applied uniformly to both situations.

  54. brockdrego says: Mar 30, 2012 12:02 PM

    Us “dumb as hell” folks understand the spirit of the rule. But the real question here is, has it provided tangible results for the league. The league, not college, the CFL, arena or any obscure HC outside of the league.
    If the “rule” isn’t being skirted here, then why is say, Tomlin the only relevant and successful coach in the league right now….emphasis on relevant and successful.
    Yes, all visible and noteworthy organizations need rule and positive PR, I get that.
    Yep, all teams make a mockery of the “rule”.
    In one form or another so do thousands of proud members of private industry.
    So, in turn, if the League is concerned about its image, maybe they should add a clause in the clause, underlyifng the clause that would protect a franchise from further scrutiny should they eggriously break a rule in order to bring in a burned out hall of fame coach who can keep the seat warm for the rule breaker. What a predicament.

  55. angrycorgi says: Mar 30, 2012 12:03 PM

    Leave it to Dan Rooney to establish the stupidest rule in all of sports.

  56. chadmurdigan says: Mar 30, 2012 12:05 PM

    bray72 says:
    (Note: Good chance you’ll probably delete this like you have with half of my posts which hold this site accountable.)

    Hey, bray72, get off your high horse and quit yer whining. If half your posts are as lame and stupid and condescending as this one was, then I’m glad the interns are nuking ‘em.

  57. rabbdogg says: Mar 30, 2012 12:08 PM

    mannnnn..just shut up..its not a loophole to interview your own minority canidates..parcells will coach..saints will win it all..payton will come back..saints will win it all again..stop snitching..and stop hatin..mike!

  58. letmesetyoustraight says: Mar 30, 2012 12:12 PM

    Or they could have just given Denny Green a phone call to meet the previously established standard.

  59. olcap says: Mar 30, 2012 12:17 PM

    So now the NFL is complicit in possibly “fine tuning” their own rule, so that they can look the other way while the Saints (with the aid of their aforementioned partner in crime) prove that the Rooney Rule is a sham.

    How sweet.

  60. saintsvstheworld says: Mar 30, 2012 12:17 PM

    This bounty thing will end up being the best thing that ever happened to the Saints (except for Loomis, Payton and Brees of course). Saints fans will have the last laugh on this…beware Saints Vs The World…won’t bow!

  61. mjkelly77 says: Mar 30, 2012 12:36 PM

    Wow. Common sense.

  62. mrlaloosh says: Mar 30, 2012 12:42 PM

    Never in the history of “wagering” has there ever been a LOCK on the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to hire a black coach after Cowher left. I got pretty “comfortable” betting anyone anywhere the Steelers weren’t giving the job to Grimm or Wisenhut. HELLO? Rooney Rule named after pittsburgh owner? STONE COLD LOCK!!!

  63. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 30, 2012 12:43 PM

    Nothing like a “Rooney Rule” story to bring the racists out of the woodwork. You see the same tone when a story about a black player going bankrupt hits the site.

    The “Rooney Rule” was put into effect to give minority’s an opportunity to meet ownership and for ownership to open their horizons beyond the privileged white world they live in and most likely grew up in. Without a “Rooney Rule” there is no Tomlin in Pittsburgh. You would have Whisenhunt-and most likely no Super Bowl wins in the last 5 years.

    The number of blacks playing college football is about the same as pro ball. Yet Division I schools (which have no requirement to interview minorities as the NFL does) have only a handful of black head coaches. Do the math folks-whats 5 out of 120? 3 percent? The NFL has been about 20% black head coaches at any given time ONLY BECAUSE of this rule. ONLY BECAUSE of this rule did they get a shot. ONLY BECAUSE of this rule are we spared the recycling of the Dave Wannstadt’s and Steve Mariucci’s of the world.

    And thats a good thing……

    To sum it up-the Rooney Rule is and was a great idea and should in fact be expanded to college football as well. The Rooney Rule will be needed as long as a story like this gets so many hate speech radio Fox News watching yahoos exist. It will be needed until the murder of a black kid armed with Skittles is met with universal outrage instead of resentment that his killer be arrested.

    Don’t bother with the “thumbs down”. I could care less.

  64. mark0226 says: Mar 30, 2012 12:45 PM

    Only ONE person cares about this and he wrote the article.

  65. hedleykow says: Mar 30, 2012 12:52 PM

    Seems like a lot of people don’t like the consequences of racism. Too bad we are so slow to catch on.

  66. 11inthebox says: Mar 30, 2012 1:13 PM

    @ ozz2012 who says:

    If you weren’t racist before, things like the Rooney Rule and Spike Lee will make sure you are one when it’s all said and done…
    ———-
    Translation: “I prefer not to associate with anyone who isn’t white. But that doesn’t make me a racist. Its black people talking about racial issues that makes me hate them.”

    Is that about right?

    Dude. Really? A rule in which a minority candidate INTERVIEWS for a job he’s not going to get bothers you that much? You do understand the rule is not a mandate for organizations to hire a black coach. It’s not for tenure or anything. It’s an INTERVIEW.

    But let’s go back to the real issue here: so why DO you hate black people so much?

  67. jasncondit says: Mar 30, 2012 1:16 PM

    As a Lions fan I don’t have too much sympathy for the Saints. But the Rooney rule should not apply in this instance. Parcells is not taking over the team for good, he’s just filling in while the head coach is on suspension. He’s babysitting the team not taking Payton’s job. Thus the rule should NOT apply!

  68. xinellum says: Mar 30, 2012 1:24 PM

    Why does the government allow the league to have these phony minority hiring clauses if all the folks at the NFL office do is sit around telling teams how they can get around interviewing minorities. It is bad enough we have to demand that people treat minorities equally in hiring positions, but for the idiots in the NFL front office to work harder on beating the Rooney Rule than enforcing it, I think that I should write my minority senator and my minority president and see if we can’t get thim to form some sort of subcommittee to check into racial prejudice in hiring in the NFL and why the league office is promoting it not enforcing it.

  69. sportmentary says: Mar 30, 2012 1:32 PM

    Like I’ve stated in other threads, if it were Brees who was targeted, Aints fans would be crying bloody murder. They wouldn’t be saying every other team did it.

  70. paulienuts says: Mar 30, 2012 1:32 PM

    woodyg says: Mar 30, 2012 10:57 AM

    Will it ever end?

    This goes to once again prove that the punishment for ‘bountygate’ should have been a complete dismantling of the New Orleans franchise. A player/coach dispersal draft would have exiled the guilty to a defunct career ending. The SuperDome would have been torn down. All written mention of a team named the Saints would have been removed from NFL history. Any conversation of a Saint’s football team in public would be deemed illegal by Congress. It would be like the Saints never existed.

    Instead of “Who Dat”, it would be “Where Dat.”

    ________________________________

    This is just the sort of comment that fans of losing franchises would make (Vikings, anyone?).

    I’ve said it before, but MF deemed the comment delete-able, so I’ll try it again because people like woodyg need to read over and over again how stupid their thinking is.

    Don’t stop with putting people in jail for speaking the name of the franchise. Light torches, carry pitch forks and drag each and every Saint from their beds. Lynch ‘em.

    Wait, wait. While you’re in New Orleans torch the city too (probably not before you enjoy our hospitality, culture and stuff your face with our outstanding food). Then, mow down all the fans and insist upon the dividing up of the Louisiana Territory with your poor losing team’s states. (I’m talking to you MN.)

    Come on man.

  71. mach2plus says: Mar 30, 2012 1:39 PM

    Mike, your incessant sniping and sniveling about the Saints’ coaching search is getting tiresome. First, as the vast majority of these comments have asserted, the “Rooney Rule” is ridiculous to begin with. Any major non-governmental organization with a similar “rule” would be sued into oblivion in this country. Second, Sean Peyton is the head coach of the team. He has said publicly that it’s 100% that he will return following the suspension. The Saints are looking to fill an INTERIM job that wil last only 10 MONTHS. What competent candidate, whether minority or otherwise would seek or accept a job under those circumstances? The potential Parcells hire is a once-in-a-lifetime special case to which the laughable Rooney Rule should not apply.

  72. jacks40 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:39 PM

    anarchopurplism says:
    Mar 30, 2012 11:46 AM
    What about a Rooney Rule for players?

    ———————————–

    There is a Rooney rule for Players it’s called college football and the draft. Teams watch film, put players through physical tests, and determine who to pick. The very nature of the NFL forces every team to put ALL players through this to figure out who they think the best are.

    If the teams had a process like this for every assistant coach, then the Rooney rule wouldn’t exist.

  73. jwreck says: Mar 30, 2012 1:43 PM

    bray72 says: Mar 30, 2012 10:44 AM

    Are you kidding? The Rooney rule is not “affirmative action.” It’s designed to at least give minorities a look, and then the team hires the best fit for their team.

    It sure worked properly in Pittsburgh, Tampa, Indy, Chicago, K.C., etc.

    Stop it!
    ______
    Your examples are baseless, as Tomlin, Morris, Dungy/Caldwell, Smith, Crennel, and 2010 Singletary were all first choices with their respective teams. The question is whether they were required to interview a white coach as well. The Rooney rule claims to promote diversity, but if it does not require a minority candidate and a non-minority (white) candidate to be interviewed, then the only segment of the population that stands to benefit from the rule is minorities, thus making it most definitely “affirmative action”.

    Obviously it would be silly to force teams to interview white coaches under the Rooney rule, but that just shows that the rule absolutely is “Affirmative Action”, as it has no benefit or bearing for a large segment of the population.

  74. scoboscobs says: Mar 30, 2012 1:52 PM

    I can just see the writers at PFT now…

    “Do the Saints have any black assistant coaches?”

    “Oh, look! There’s one!”

    *writes article*

  75. dlk47823 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:18 PM

    Pick a rule, any rule. Saints will break it.

  76. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Mar 30, 2012 3:07 PM

    The Rooney rule is a joke. It’s racist. Imagine of you had to interview a white guy before hiring a black guy. Jesse Jackson would be all over it.

  77. thejuddstir says: Mar 30, 2012 4:09 PM

    Rooney Rule????…..What’s a “rule” to the Saints?

  78. usmutts says: Mar 30, 2012 4:23 PM

    You should all go back and read, carefully, the postings by “clintonportisheadd” and “11inthebox.” They speak the truth.

    As a caucasian man who was raised in the deep south in the late 50′s and early 60′s, and who lives here still, I know a racist when I see one. Hell, David Duke, the former head of the Klan almost won the governship of my home state, and he’s only a moderate republican. Due to 400 years of repression based on bigotry and hate, some rules have been put in place to try, inch by inch, to act as a counterbalance. The Rooney Rule is one of them.

    Now what we have is a fundamental talking point from sources like Faux News that goes like this: if you are a racist and are confronted with rules that restrict your racism, then scream that the rules themselves are racist.

  79. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Mar 30, 2012 4:28 PM

    Who Dat Baby!!!

  80. olcap says: Mar 30, 2012 4:34 PM

    @clintonportisheadd,

    I agree, but not so much on the future health of the rule. What do you think about the way the spirit of the rule is being disregarded so that the Saints don’t have to exactly follow it, like I’m thinking any other team right now that’s looking for a head coach, interim or otherwise, would?

    I think they just installed a neatly packaged, subtle change, (ala Goodell’s looking the other way), and the Rooney Rule will be much more open to shenanigans going forward, with everyone looking the other way.

  81. mlmeier says: Mar 30, 2012 5:00 PM

    “At a time when the NFL is making such a big deal about the failure of the Redskins and Cowboys to comply with the “spirit” of the salary cap, it’s hard to reconcile this loophole with the “spirit” of the Rooney Rule.”

    It’s not a loophole. They’re fulfilling the requirement of interviewing a minority coach for the position. I understand why this is worthy of reporting, but I don’t understand why you feel compelled to make a bigger issue out of it than it really is.

  82. hatesycophants says: Mar 30, 2012 5:26 PM

    @11inthebox,

    We sometimes disagree. However, yours is a brilliant post.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

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