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Minority candidates shut out this year, so far

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A decade ago, Johnnie Cochran and Cyrus Mehri rattled the litigation sword regarding the stunning absence of minority head coaches in the NFL.  The NFL responded promptly with the “Rooney Rule,” which initially required at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for every head-coaching job and now also requires at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for every G.M. position.

At the time,  there were two minority head coaches:  Tony Dungy of the Colts and Herm Edwards of the Jets.

Today, after the firings of Romeo Crennel and Lovie Smith, there are four.

Marvin Lewis was hired by the Bengals in the cycle that occurred after the Rooney Rule was promulgated, and he recently celebrated his 10th anniversary on the job.  Other minority coaches are Ron Rivera of the Panthers, Mike Tomlin of the Steelers, and Leslie Frazier of the Vikings.

An optimist would say that the situation has improved by 100 percent.  A pessimist would say that an industry dominated by minority players should have a much greater representation of minority coaches.

A realist would say that the latest hiring cycle has resulted in no minority coaches or General Managers being hired.  The Bills have hired coach Doug Marrone.  The Chiefs have hired coach Andy Reid and G.M. John Dorsey.  The Eagles have hired coach Chip Kelly.  The Bears have hired coach Marc Trestman.  The Browns have hired coach Rob Chudzinski.  The Cardinals have hired G.M. Steve Keim.  The Chargers have hired G.M. Tom Telesco and coach Mike McCoy.  The Jaguars have hired G.M. Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley.

Three vacancies remain:  Cardinals coach, Browns G.M., and Jets G.M.

Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports takes a candid, honest look at the situation.  Part of the problem is that, with the exception of Bradley in Jacksonville, teams are hiring head coaches with offensive backgrounds.  And as Silver recently explained, few minority coaches are being groomed to become offensive specialists.  (If the Cardinals are intent on hiring an offensive coach, they should maybe wait for the Ravens’ season to end and interview offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.)

Another part of the problem is that, as college head coaches become more attractive to NFL owners, the NCAA’s abysmal track record when it comes to minority hiring means that there necessarily are fewer successful minority coaches at the college level.  Stanford’s David Shaw likely would have been on the NFL’s “A” list this year, but he signed his extension before flirting with the NFL — and unlike at least one former college coach Shaw didn’t reconsider his commitment.

One of the explanations provided when the Rooney Rule arrived was that white owners and General Managers tend to gravitate to candidates with whom they have similarities in appearance and/or background.  Forcing teams to interview at least one minority candidate gives the minority candidate an opportunity to break through the often subconscious (but sometimes conscious and unspoken) biases that were prompting white owners to hire a disproportionate number of white coaches, especially in relation to the racial composition of the men who play the game.  Still, even with a minority owner in Jacksonville, Shahid Khan’s three major hires (two coaches, one G.M.) have all been white.

So the core problem seems to be more about grooming candidates than selecting them.  Again, college football bears plenty of the blame.  Despite a widespread reputation of colleges being bastions of liberal attitudes and policies, only recently has progress been made when it comes to giving minority coaches fair opportunities to run NCAA programs.

There’s no easy solution.  A true NFL minor league would give players, coaches, officials, and executives opportunities to develop their skills.  Still, until more minority coaches get a chance to take on greater responsibilities within the confines of an NFL team, there simply won’t be an abundance of qualified and experienced minority coaches when the time comes to find new head coaches.

Regardless of any additional changes that are made in the future, the bottom line is that, over the course of the last 10 years, it appears that not much has changed.

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79 Responses to “Minority candidates shut out this year, so far”
  1. Arthur LeFebvre says: Jan 17, 2013 9:09 AM

    Seems like Defensive coaches and minority coaches have been really overlooked this offseason.

  2. tenotnamedmiller says: Jan 17, 2013 9:10 AM

    Not a good year for majority cornerbacks either. Well maybe next year.

  3. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Jan 17, 2013 9:10 AM

    Just what is a minority anymore anyway?

  4. ccjcsr says: Jan 17, 2013 9:15 AM

    It’s 2013 Can’t we all just get along!

  5. ninjapleazee says: Jan 17, 2013 9:15 AM

    Nothing to do with their color just the fact they did horrible last year with exception to Lovie. But he should have known since Emery gave him one year to make the playoffs and he didn’t

  6. shawon0meter says: Jan 17, 2013 9:16 AM

    If they’re lucky, maybe next season they can be a token interview for a team that already knows who they want to hire. The Rooney rule is awesome!

  7. joecancun says: Jan 17, 2013 9:18 AM

    Again with the “minority” angle?

    Pretty sure the owners have long moved past this
    and only want to hire who they believe is the best fit for their organization.

    It’s time to let this “story” go Florio.

  8. tcmiller30 says: Jan 17, 2013 9:18 AM

    If a team wanted to, could they presumably interview one minority coach and hire him on the spot without interviewing a white coach? That doesn’t seem right either. The Rooney Rule is ridiculous.

  9. corchamp says: Jan 17, 2013 9:18 AM

    I love when people say “things still havent changed”

    Take a second to look around, then come tell me things havent changed.

  10. pairface says: Jan 17, 2013 9:19 AM

    The NFL does have a minor league…it’s called the SEC.

  11. lleesman725 says: Jan 17, 2013 9:19 AM

    I could only make it through about half of this article before throwing up a little bit. Maybe you should write an article about teams hiring who they think are best for the job, not that they are all bigots?
    Point your nose a little higher to the sky.

  12. bigwinintx says: Jan 17, 2013 9:20 AM

    So, “minority” coaches can’t coach offense, huh?

    Tell that to Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M.

    What’s next, not hiring them for swimming coaches because of the lack of “buoyancy”?

  13. CKL says: Jan 17, 2013 9:23 AM

    No doubt academia in general is highly liberal. So why doesn’t he criticize the colleges more and the NFL less? Hmmmmm. He’s as one sided and agenda driven as he accuses racists against minorities of being.

    I’m a woman and hence considered a minority as far as employment purposes. I was offered a promotion partly due to that status in my former company. It was insulting and I turned it down even though it was the only way for me to get promoted. Maybe some of these minority candidates feel the same, they’d rather be where they earned being than get the opportunity to be promoted due to something beyond their control that had nothing to do with their fitness for the job.

  14. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Jan 17, 2013 9:26 AM

    How on Earth is Lovie Smith STILL available?!?!? As a Cowboy fan, I’d much rather prefer him as HC and shift Garrett to OC. I just don’t get how Lovie is still on the market.

  15. orangecrush78 says: Jan 17, 2013 9:26 AM

    If you look at the actual demographics before Smith and Crennel lost their jobs – the head coaching jobs were on par for the demographics of black/hispanic people in the US. About 20%.

    The GM thing looks more out of line in my eyes. Why are there so few execs that are minorities?

    It boils down to the best person should get the job.

    That being said, if anyone was not being hired as a GM or Coach because of being a minority, that is a travesty.

  16. tcmiller30 says: Jan 17, 2013 9:26 AM

    I’m sorry. But if you want to cry about diversity, professional sports is not the industry to be complaining about.

  17. mykelane says: Jan 17, 2013 9:27 AM

    the bigger story is that out of all the minority HC that get fired from the college ranks, only ONE (Willingham) has gotten another shot at a HC job in college..where there are well over 120 schools instead of 32. And they’re not even fired for lying on resumes, having videographers fall off towers, having affairs, etc etc.

  18. oilman989 says: Jan 17, 2013 9:28 AM

    Here’s a news flash: any Caucasian coach employed by an NFL team in California IS a “minority.”

    Quit fanning the racial flames, Mr. F!

  19. unkrautsalat says: Jan 17, 2013 9:29 AM

    Nobody said that the jobs should be picked by color. Silver and Florio are suggesting that the best man does not get picked because the system is flawed and minority coaches do not get the same opportunities. Read the article, it backs up everything very well. Nobody said that everybody is racist, stop with the white panic.

  20. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 17, 2013 9:32 AM

    Hue Jackson is the most notable omission.He’s developed QBs as a QB coach, WRs as a receiver coach, and Developed McFadden into the most dangerous RB in the NFL. As an OC he installed an explosive offense that ended the Raiders streak of losing seasons instantly. I mean he practically made DHB a 1000 yard receiver. Got production out of every player, turned Players like Marcel Reece from an I know. To a matchup nightmare, and even had Offensive Tackles catching TD passes.

    He knows every system from West Coast, Coryell, Petrino’s offense, to Spurrier’s Fun & Gun offense. What offensive coach is more qualified than Hue Jackson? It’s amazing that he’s hasn’t been hired yet.

  21. jerrysshadescleaner says: Jan 17, 2013 9:32 AM

    So does that mean there should b equal representation on the field and on the court, of course not, cause its always a one way deal. So how bout an equal amount of race represented on each team, to be fair, since we are trying to be correct

  22. teamobijuan says: Jan 17, 2013 9:32 AM

    I hope Congress gets involved and forces the NFL to sell to a black majority owner. One of the elite teams, too.

    Tired of Rooney patting himself on the back for forcing teams to interview black coaches.

  23. abninf says: Jan 17, 2013 9:34 AM

    I guess owners still haven’t broken through that mysterious subconscious bias. They’re all racists and didn’t even know it. Perhaps the owners should be forced to take diversity training. Jessie Jackson and Warren Moon could conduct it.

  24. wearewhowethoughtwewere says: Jan 17, 2013 9:34 AM

    Diversity’s always a good thing, so hopefully a few more of these guys get a shot. Mike Tomlin was a guy who literally had no shot at being a head coach, and he’s done a pretty decent job so far.

    But then again, I’m a minority, so what do I know

  25. thebigwhit says: Jan 17, 2013 9:38 AM

    Really. Everything has to be a black and white issue? Pathetic!

  26. albertmn says: Jan 17, 2013 9:41 AM

    I say this with some trepidation, as I don’t want this to come out wrong. For some reason unknown to me, minorities comprise a majority of players in the NFL. I don’t know why, but it’s true. But, whatever it is that makes that true among players may not be the same thing that makes someone a good coach or GM. While I realize there are other factors working against minorities, as mentioned in the article, I think it makes more sense to look at the percentage of coaches and GMs in relation to the percentage of minorities in the country, not the percentage of minorities among players.

    It doesn’t take any special physical ability to be a coach or GM. It does not necessarily take an ex-player. Some ex-players have been horrible coaches and GMs. So, whatever physical ability, internal drive, or other quality that minorities thrive at a percentage higher than the population percentage doesn’t “necessarily” carry over to coaching or the front office in all cases. That said, the other issues that lead to this should be addressed, either through hiring changes or a program to train more coaches to be in a position to take advantage of an interview.

  27. tlmoon2112 says: Jan 17, 2013 9:42 AM

    Hire the best man for the job. His skin color shouldnt matter to anyone.

  28. steviethewiz says: Jan 17, 2013 9:44 AM

    Jimmy the Greek was right all along.

  29. horses721 says: Jan 17, 2013 9:47 AM

    Maybe more minorities should become coaches instead of going to TV. How many white NFL analysts are on TV compared to blacks?

  30. dallasux says: Jan 17, 2013 9:55 AM

    Until we stop dumb BS like this, we will never be a unified country. The job should go to the BEST candidate, period. Race shouldn’t even be a factor ever at this point. Has there ever been an Asian head Coach? nope. You don’t hear them crying about it because in that culture, they want to work for what they get, they want to EARN it, not just have it handed to them. Wake up everybody.

  31. nnagi says: Jan 17, 2013 10:00 AM

    the Rooney Rule is a joke, an owner should be able to hire anyone he wants and not have to worry about satisfying this useless requirement of interviewing one minority candidate…

  32. jjb0811 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:01 AM

    Maybe their ought to be a rule that half the team needs to be white & half black. Because it’s pretty clear that whites are the minorities earning multi- million dollar paychecks from teams in all sports.

  33. FinFan68 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:02 AM

    One of the explanations provided when the Rooney Rule arrived was that white owners and General Managers tend to gravitate to candidates with whom they have similarities in appearance and/or background
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    No. It is a network thing. Look at the Bills. Their HC is hiring guys he is familiar with. That’s all it is. That’s where your stories about “coaching trees” comes from. It is about who these guys know not the color of their skin.

    Why is the logic never turned around? You complain about minorities not getting opportunities and list how the majority of players are minorities. Why is that? Where is the story about finding more white players throughout the league? That is absurd and so is this story. These guys each have their own network and guys get branching opportunities because of their demonstrated skill. If you look for racial elements you will no doubt “see” them.

    Most of the potential coach hiring stories done on this site involve some sort of advanced game of dot connecting and that is strictly about networking and who knows who. You report it constantly, so why can’t you see it? It is not about racial discrimination.

  34. jbaxt says: Jan 17, 2013 10:03 AM

    Wow, and to think I thought coaches should get hired for their previous success… Is there a reverse Rooney rule for players?

  35. pjcostello says: Jan 17, 2013 10:03 AM

    “Forcing teams to interview at least one minority candidate gives the minority candidate an opportunity to break through the often subconscious (but sometimes conscious and unspoken) biases that were prompting white owners to hire a disproportionate number of white coaches, especially in relation to the racial composition of the men who play the game.”

    It’s nice to know that someone out there can read the subconscious of strangers — and/or know their unspoken thoughts.

    More than at any other time in its history, the NFL is a business, the owners are franchisees. An owner has one overriding objective: Make money. You make money by providing the best product you can, and you achieve this by hiring the best people you can. This isn’t 1950; no one is purposely shutting the door on a candidate because of their skin tone or ethnicity, and suggesting otherwise with ZERO evidence is just silly.

    As silly as forcing organizations to interview candidates simply because of their skin tone or ethnicity, whether or not you intend to consider them seriously for a position. The number of black players or white players on a team has absolutely nothing to do with the color of the head coach, and vice versa. Tom Brady wouldn’t be as good as he is if he played for a black coach? Jim Brown wouldn’t have been the player he was if he played for a black coach? Why? Why not? It’s just silly.

  36. snowpea84 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:04 AM

    God, who cares. In this day and age racism hurts the racist in something like this. If racist owners don’t want to hire someone because of that preference, then that candidate is available cheaper to a non racist owner. Thereby giving the non racist owner a discount and an advantage. However if no one good is available, then they won’t be hired. It’s that simple.

  37. santamoss says: Jan 17, 2013 10:08 AM

    Stupid, stupid owners, I mean really, they could all have an easy and 100% guaranteed Super Bowl ring just by hiring a guy like Lovie Smith or Mike Singletary, but their so freakin’ racist they would rather pass over him and others and hire garbage non-minority coaches that have no chance at ever winning a Super Bowl.

  38. ravennation2013 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:10 AM

    He also is to stupid to realize majority people who watch football are White!

  39. screbels89 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:11 AM

    Yeah if i was a millionaire owner I would rather hire a white guy who was avg than a black guy that could make me even more millions. people hire who they think gives them the best chance to win. The Rooney Rule may seem like a joke to some but it is getting exposure for some guys thta wouldn’t normally get an interview. I think Tomlin and maybe Frazier wouldn’t have gotten a sniff if not for the Rooney Rule. Time is a much better healer of racism than mandates. Mandates and legislation foster resentment and are unfair in many ways to the majority. If Jerry Richardson (for example) doesn’t want to hire a black guy, then why would a black guy want to work for him anyway? Wouldn’t that just make for a miserable existence?

  40. bucckevin says: Jan 17, 2013 10:13 AM

    Are you seriously pulling the race card? Those people you mentioned got fired because they were given plenty of opportunity to succeed but failed to deliver. I didn’t know Steven A Smith wrote for PFT.

  41. starchybunker says: Jan 17, 2013 10:13 AM

    “A pessimist would say that an industry dominated by minority players should have a much greater representation of minority coaches..”

    then the pessimist would be thinking incorrectly…that argument only holds water if there was a pre-requisite that every coach must have played first…one could argue that white guys who can’t make it to the NFL (or even college) as a player instead go into coaching, explaining the higher % of white coaches to minorities…

  42. jolink653 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    If a guy can coach, then he’ll get hired regardless of the color of his skin…If an owner thinks a guy can coach, that owner will hire the guy regardless of the color of his skin…I really think the minority coach thing is way overblown…There’s no racism involved in this selection process

  43. judalation says: Jan 17, 2013 10:28 AM

    I love how people Bash the Rooney rule like somehow its hurting whites or attenuates teams by forcing them to interview Blacks… If anything it hurts Blacks who are used as pawns to satisfy the rule but are never really looked at as a viable hire.

    You football fans also must realize the the reason why most football players are black is not because blacks are better athletes… Its because black kids who show talent at a younger age are groomed into studs through arduous training and competition that most privileged kids would not endure. They don’t study books or worry about grades because they get a pass as long as they play well. Its the same reason why Canadians dominate in Hockey and Brazilians in Soccer.

  44. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:30 AM

    “One of the explanations provided when the Rooney Rule arrived was that white owners and General Managers tend to gravitate to candidates with whom they have similarities in appearance and/or background. Forcing teams to interview at least one minority candidate gives the minority candidate an opportunity to break through the often subconscious (but sometimes conscious and unspoken) biases that were prompting white owners to hire a disproportionate number of white coaches, especially in relation to the racial composition of the men who play the game.”

    probably the best way you all have ever explained this point of view. it doesnt make those owners etc. racist (doesnt exclude the possibility either), just human. and it’s human nature to gravitate towards people who share obvious characteristics, backgrounds, interests, etc. it immediately establishes a greater comfort level. in addition to being qualified, owners obviously want to hire someone who they are comfortable with. the most alarming symptom & example of this problem, particularly in NCAA, is Gene Chizik who goes winless, gets a job at an SEC school, wins a Nat’l championship, then gets fired 2 years later. there is no explanation on earth to explain how anyone could think that a coach who went 0-10 at a non-SEC school was the best coach for any head job in the SEC. racism? probably not entirely or purely. a racially influenced decision? my gut tells me yes.
    i just dont see a realistic fix to this. you cant legislate people’s feelings and biases. all you can do is hope they check them at the door when making hiring decisions.

  45. rajbais says: Jan 17, 2013 10:32 AM

    I do not mean to accuse the owner and GMs of being racist, but it doesn’t help when they did “trend searching”.

    College coaches and offensive coordinator searches were trends and those two places are not crowded by African-Americans.

    However, Gus Bradley over Lovie Smith?

    Teams don’t use the combine as often as they use to when it came to basing it on player skill. Now it’s all about the tape.

    Why can’t tape be used for coaches? Like routes, scheme design, etc.

    Not only are African-candidates like Lovie Smith getting screwed, but Mike Zimmer is too.

    Interviews and “theme searches” dictate now, not meritocracy or football proof.

  46. fargovikesfan says: Jan 17, 2013 10:37 AM

    If a person is truly qualified, thats when they should be getting their shot. it should not matter what color skin they have. I would think that it would be more of a slap in the face to the “minority” candidate to get a token interview just to satisfy some stupid Affirmative Action rule. Case in point, if Bill Cowher came out and said that he wanted to coach again, and he wanted to coach, for example the Arizona Cardinals. Everyone and their dog knows that thats the guy that Arizona wants, he wants to go there, so all it is left to make it official is sign the contract. But due to the Rooney Rule, you are going to force AZ to find some “minority” candidate in for a sham interview and force said candidate to sit there knowing full well he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of getting the job. Let people get jobs on their own merit. Most coaches get hired for one of 3 reasons. First, previous experience (see Andy Reid). Second, they’re some hot shot coordinator who has done their jobs well (McCoy, Bradley, etc). Third is they are part of a “coaching tree”. Hell half the coaches in the league have ties to the Bill Walsh tree or the Parcells/Belichick tree (of which Romeo Crenell was part of). But you also do have the starting of a Dungy “tree” (Dungy himself was successful, Caldwell, Frazier, Tomlin).

  47. kmartin173 says: Jan 17, 2013 10:42 AM

    These guys are businessmen, what owner is going to take less of a coach because the alternative is black? You run a business by hiring who you think is going to make you the most successful, period. Anything beyond that is media-driven BS.

  48. skinsfanwill says: Jan 17, 2013 10:47 AM

    Why doesn’t anyone mention Jimmy Raye in all of this? He was with San Diego for 17 years and went from scouting to Director or Player personnel. He was OVER qualified for that GM job. This is a strong case of him not getting it because he is black. And he has had a ton of very strong drafts that A.J Smith got all the credit for. This is why the Rooney rule is important. How many white coaches sucked this year and still have jobs? Better yet, got hired to new positions?

  49. loserooneyrule says: Jan 17, 2013 10:48 AM

    Why force an owner to interview someone they don’t want to hire?

  50. skinsfanwill says: Jan 17, 2013 10:51 AM

    You guys think that people hire based on qualifications are total idiots. People are hired all the time based on who they know. Who they want to give a chance to and who they owe a favor to. Owners don’t care about winning as much as they care about making money. Stop thinking the world is this great place and everyone has an equal shot. I live in the south, I see the bull crap on a daily basis. People that don’t get it are the people that don’t see it. Because it never happens to them.

  51. mrfrostyj says: Jan 17, 2013 10:56 AM

    Actually the reason for the lack of minority hires is because the Rooney Rule is working very well.

    Teams are doing their research on coaches and GM’s much better than they did years ago. The problem is you’re looking at it from a skin color point of view and not from the big picture in how the league as a whole has changed as far as what qualifies as a head coach in the league. Rod Chudzinski was an assistant under two minority coaches and Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer are both coaching candidates who are in the same situation thus making all of them products of the Rooney Rule despite not being minorities themselves. Last I checked, it was Ozzie Newsome that hired Jon Harbaugh who turned the Raven’s into a consistent winner

    It’s the minority candidates that are the ones bringing in the young staff of qualified assistants (that otherwise wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity) that are getting all the consideration for current head coaching jobs and most of them just so happen to be white so does that make guys like Crennel, Lewis, Newsome and Tomlin racist against their own people? of course not. It means they’re very good at picking out quality assistant coaches without judging by skin tone unlike some of the other guys out their who pick their buddies or family members.

    So just because the minority candidates getting hired aren’t racist and picking their staff based on color does not mean the Rooney Rule isn’t working. At the end of the day the best guys are getting the coaching jobs and now the merry-go-round of the same coaches being retread over and over like what was going on when the rule was put into place has pretty much come to an end.

  52. slobmykolb says: Jan 17, 2013 11:04 AM

    The idea of race being the reason for a coach or gm getting hired is completely absurd! These teams (most of them anyhow) want to win and put together a great team. That said they are going to hire who they feel is going to give them the best chance of doing that. Is there still racism in this country? Sadly yes, but to suggest that it is still prevelant in sports and normal people’s everyday lives is just ridiculous. People are treating each other as equals for the most part. At least that’s the way I see things (maybe I’m an optimist).

  53. thefiesty1 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:16 AM

    Affirmative action is a failed experiment. Who is the minority here now? Move on and hire the best “person” available instead of some politically correct statement to make yourself appear important.

  54. tvguy22 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:17 AM

    Non-story. The real story is the lack of women coaches in the NFL.

  55. godofwine330 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:20 AM

    It shouldn’t be necessary, but it is. When the majority of football players in the NFL is and has been overwhelmingly one race, and the coaches are an overwhelming another it begs one to wonder why the disparity.

    A shot. Give us a shot, and some of us will do as Mike Tomlin did and become the wild card and win the job. Art Shell was the first, and after him there was Tony Dungy; currently there are 4. There may be times when a potential coach is interviewed simply to fulfill the Rooney rule, semingly like Mel Tucker, and Ray Horton this year, and that is unfortunate, but a part of the game. Maybe next year the interview process from this year will help those guys.

  56. lightninglucci says: Jan 17, 2013 11:25 AM

    As FinFan says, it’s a network thing.

    Where do head coaches generally come from? With some rare exceptions, they are former NFL head coaches, current college coaches, or NFL coordinators.

    Since there are barely any black college coaches, you are not getting help there.

    But take a look at black NFL coaches.

    At one point, ALL NFL black head coaches who were fired, were rehired by another team. Only the most recent ones have not been hired…yet. Morris and Singletary might not get another shot for a while, but Lovie Smith certainly will. Caldwell and the Ravens are still playing, and that might cost him a chance at HC this year.

    All of these folks were originally coordinators or assistants and are now head coaches. Most of them are defensive, and as previously pointed out, the pool of minority offensive coordinators is smaller.

    Teams in the NFL tend to follow the trends, and since this year teams are going with offensive coaches, the simple reason that there are less minority coaches being hired is that the minority coaching pool is smaller.

    That pool is already growing. Nothing special is needed to be done.

  57. azarkhan says: Jan 17, 2013 11:27 AM

    That’s OK because thanks to Osostupid and his sidekick clown Eric Holder, minorities are getting tons of freebies that they don’t deserve anyway.

  58. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 17, 2013 11:29 AM

    The only solution to this problem is to implement a quota system where ALL groups – blacks, whites latinos, asians – are minimally represented as players and coaches based on their percentage of the whole population.

  59. urbusted2 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:31 AM

    Written as a true lawyer Florio. That stance is so politically correct.
    Let me suggest this. Romeo Crennel, while a good and decent man is not a competent head coach. He’s been hired as a head coach twice not and hasn’t been successful, period. The color of his skin has nothing to do with anything.
    This rule has long outlived any usefulness it ever had. The Rooney rule only adds to the divisiveness in our society. I personally think it’s demeaning to minority candidates to be invited for an interview because it complies with the Rooney rule. I would like to think that we’ve gone beyond the color of a person’s skin to allow him consideration for a head coaching position. I certainly hope so.

  60. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Jan 17, 2013 11:32 AM

    Why do minorities care so much about such a little part of the sports world. They have the entire NBA. Can you imagine the anger if white people said there wasn’t enough whites in the NBA so every team must have a white on the floor at all times?

  61. cmonelisha says: Jan 17, 2013 11:40 AM

    there should be a story about how many white coachs got fired over black coaches..

  62. realfootballfan says: Jan 17, 2013 12:04 PM

    Although I do find it funny that people so “outraged” by the Rooney rule don’t mind when inconspicuous white guys who clearly have underwhelming resumes but get all the jobs, don’t have a problem with that but do have a problem with minority candidates even being included in the interviewing process, I think this cycle boils down to it simply being skewed toward offensive guys.

    Every coach hired so far has been an offensive assistant except Bradly. When Mark Trestman and his allegedly horrible attitude not only gets a job after years of trying, but is a finalist for a couple of them, you know it was all about offense this year.

    There simply aren’t many minority top offensive assistants. Hue Jackson is the only one that immediately comes to mind, and he didn’t hold one of those jobs this past year.

    When the majority of these guys fail like McCoy, you’ll see it go back the other way to defensive assistants where more minorities do their work.

    However, some of these teams do need to give those minority assistants the opportunity on the offensive side of the ball too because it’s embarrasssing that one of the main pipelines to becoming an offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, rarely has any minority people in those jobs. Offensive line coaches are more apt to be promoted to offensive coordinator and thus be in line for head coaching opportunities than the WR or RB coach position where the minority coaches usually have jobs. Sorry, but something is wrong with that picture.

    It’s all about opportunity, and if these guys are automatically being left out of the process to advance through the offensive pipeline to head coaching positions (kind of why the Rooney rule exists for head coaching positions on a higher level), you’ll never even know the potential that’s out there, which makes this league worse with a smaller coaching pool overall to choose from.

  63. vicksprman says: Jan 17, 2013 12:05 PM

    I find this very interesting that the majority of people commenting on this thread are white who say hire the best person for the job okay so Chan Gailey was the best the Bills could do or Mullarky was the best the Jags could do? Why do these guys keep getting opportunities, I love Andy Reid what’s the difference between him and Lovie Smith? I know David Shaw signed an extension but not one team asked if he wanted to interview. Syracuse sucks but their coach was hired by the Bills what makes him better then Ray Horton. Why isn’t he the HC of Arizona right now. But of course color has nothing to do with any of this. And most of you guys believe it.

  64. Stiller43 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:13 PM

    “A pessimist would say that an industry dominated by minority players should have a much greater representation of minority coaches.”

    And a smart person would say regardless of race, color, creed, etc., the best person for the job should get the job.

  65. superputman says: Jan 17, 2013 12:53 PM

    “Interview? When I was a kid, you got em at an auction.” – Ralph Wilson, ‘Reflections On My Youth’, pg 147

  66. mydroopysack says: Jan 17, 2013 1:29 PM

    dallasux says:
    Jan 17, 2013 9:55 AM
    Until we stop dumb BS like this, we will never be a unified country. The job should go to the BEST candidate, period. Race shouldn’t even be a factor ever at this point. Has there ever been an Asian head Coach? nope. You don’t hear them crying about it because in that culture, they want to work for what they get, they want to EARN it, not just have it handed to them. Wake up everybody.

    ————————————————–

    Them not “crying about it” doesn’t mean that a glass ceiling or discrimination doesn’t exist. That’s pretty insane logic you have there.

  67. slickster35 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:05 PM

    After Herm and Romeo, I think we’ve paid our price.

    And it was VERY HIGH.

  68. slobmykolb says: Jan 17, 2013 2:15 PM

    vicksprman says:

    I find this very interesting that the majority of people commenting on this thread are white who say hire the best person for the job okay so Chan Gailey was the best the Bills could do or Mullarky was the best the Jags could do? Why do these guys keep getting opportunities, I love Andy Reid what’s the difference between him and Lovie Smith? I know David Shaw signed an extension but not one team asked if he wanted to interview. Syracuse sucks but their coach was hired by the Bills what makes him better then Ray Horton. Why isn’t he the HC of Arizona right now. But of course color has nothing to do with any of this. And most of you guys believe it.

    First off gailey and mularkey got hired because they put up really good numbers on offense as coordinators. Are they bad coaches or did they just have piss poor personnel? As for lovie and Andy the chiefs wanted a hc that was offensive minded not defensive (which seems to me that is what you are). Same thing with Arizona they want Horton to remain the dc because he is good on that side of the ball but they want someone with an offensive mindset to run the team! Try analyzing the situation of each team/hire before insinuating its all racist.

    Know what you’re right it’s a very racist league but at the same time these same owners have no problem paying the players millions regardless of color!

  69. bigjoe2269 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:17 PM

    guess there should be more minority owners

  70. bigjoe2269 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    Just because you are a good player does not make you a good head coach in fact most good players make terrible coaches because they rely on raw athletic ability – the guys that make the best coaches are the ones that have to learn how to get an edge and work hard at making it in the big show

  71. solomon151 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:58 PM

    I am just so impressed by all of the people on here that knows the inner workings of NFL teams and their hiring process. How can any of you be so sure that the best man gets the job? When in every day life the best man or woman (White or Black) gets over looked on a daily. I’m not a fan of the Rooney Rule, Because I think it puts some of these coaches in an awkward position. Knowing that their only there because these owners and GM’s have to interview them. Not because they have a chance of getting the job but because they have to bring in a Minority canidate. Nobody likes to be called a racist, but to think that some of these owners arent, your just fooling yourself.

  72. dtuffgong says: Jan 17, 2013 4:24 PM

    slickster35 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:05 PM

    “After Herm and Romeo, I think we’ve paid our price.

    And it was VERY HIGH.”

    You sound like a stupid kid.
    What price did we pay for Wade Philips? Norv? Mularkey? Chan Gailey? Rod Marinelli? Shurmur? I could go on…

  73. dtuffgong says: Jan 17, 2013 4:31 PM

    It’s rather amazing the number of posters on here that keep implying that the failure of one black coach in a particular city (Romeo, Lovie), somehow is justification for not hiring a different black coach somewhere else. Incredible.
    For every single failed black HC, I can easily name 20 failed white HCs. Yet that doesn’t stop more white coaches from being hired. Nor should it, by the way.
    But like you say, race has nothing to do with it.

  74. bamj6 says: Jan 17, 2013 6:18 PM

    Why is Jacksonville lumped into this? The owner is a minority.

    Can’t say the same for the other teams at this point.

    It does look bad with no new minority hires and as a fan reminds me of what it used to be 10-20 years before “the rule”.

    For those who want it gone, that’s what it’s going to go back to

  75. turkish124 says: Jan 17, 2013 8:29 PM

    Either this article is implying that the people in the NFL right now that are in charge of hiring are racist. Or it should be implying that there wasn’t a big pool of qualified/quality minority coaches this year (or any year this is brought up as an issue).

    Stop tip towing around this and if you think the NFL is racist than call them racist, otherwise this isn’t an issue.

  76. thatyankeedude says: Jan 17, 2013 11:05 PM

    Or no matter what teams feel they should hire the most qualified person regardless of color….

  77. filipinoviking says: Jan 18, 2013 1:20 AM

    So? Best man available as deemed by ownership. Simple.

  78. bamj6 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:33 AM

    And now it’s official, no new minority hires. It’s because of stuff like this that’s “the rule” is needed in the first place.

    As far as they’ve come on this, they still lag behind the NBA.

  79. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:12 PM

    i love how everyone keeps trying to apply logic to whether or not racism exists or is part of this equation. by its very nature, racism defies logic. a racist owner isnt going to find out who is best for the job if they are primarily concerned with race, and thus dont even entertain the possibility of hiring a minority, and consequently possibly miss out on the best for the job. not accusing anyone of being racist, just pointing out that if racism is in fact a part of the equation, logic can no longer be applied.

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