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Caldwell: Some question legitimacy of minority interviews

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Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is one of two minority play-callers in the NFL, in a year when none of the available head coaching jobs went to minority candidates.

He’s among the many who think the process needs to change, but admitted Wednesday that while many assistants think the Rooney Rule provides only a de facto chance, that the interviews they’re getting aren’t always taken seriously.

“In the past, there have certainly been guys who are concerned about that,” Caldwell said. “There aren’t many guys who are going to turn those opportunities down, because sometimes you never know. You never know what the Lord has planned for you, sometimes it will open the eyes of an individual to give you that opportunity.

“So I do think without question guys are more apt to take interviews even though they may have some questions whether or not they’ve been interviewed in earnest.”

Caldwell said he thought there were many offensive assistants who were qualified to call plays in the NFL, but that changes needed to be made to restock the pipeline, including the discussed expansion to the Rooney Rule that would require teams to interview minority candidates for coordinator jobs.

But he harkened back to his first head coaching job at Wake Forest as evidence that change is slow.

“I was the first African American head football coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1993,” Caldwell said. “Not 1956, not 1957, but 1993, and that wasn’t that long ago.

I’ve been coaching a long time, and certain things pop up periodically. So here’s an instance where we’ve come full circle again, and something needs to be done, needs to be talked about and needs to be implemented.”

His recent success only helps his own chances, and the chances of those who hope to follow him. But institutional changes need to be made to create more of a supply, if minority coaches are to be able to create a demand.

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7 Responses to “Caldwell: Some question legitimacy of minority interviews”
  1. briang123 says: Jan 30, 2013 5:29 PM

    I question the legitimacy of him having anything to do with the Colts Super Bowl appearance.

  2. tjromanello says: Jan 30, 2013 9:37 PM

    Good coaches will coach, doesn’t matter their skin

  3. rcali says: Jan 30, 2013 9:54 PM

    Well, Caldwell could be trying to get a head coaching gig in the NHL. See, it’s not the bad in the NFL is it everybody?

  4. 2013michael2013 says: Jan 30, 2013 10:56 PM

    Well, I hate to say this because i am going to get flamed but i am only saying this to make a point.

    The majority of players in the NFL are African American, by far and Maybe the people who are choosing the coaches aren’t looking at it from a racial standpoint, maybe they are really choosing who they think is best for the coaching job. I don’t know of any team who has passed on a player because he wasn’t white so why would choosing coaches be any different.

    That is not fair. Should we start complaining when the entire offense on a time has no white starters? or whats next? there aren’t enough colored kickers? .. teams will have to try out at least 2 colored kickers each season?

    I think the NFL is one of the least racist sports out there, second only to basketball. Enough already…

    ok let the flaming begin i guess.

  5. fin72 says: Jan 31, 2013 7:47 AM

    Caldwell is the last guy who should be complaining about anything… biggest joke of a head coach in NFL history. No concept of clock management, strategy, and looked asleep on the sideline most of the time. He should just be happy he got this opportunity which he’s far better suited for.

  6. mikeythelectrician says: Jan 31, 2013 9:23 AM

    I think teams should have to try out at least 2 white runningbacks with at least 1 making the team, force these white boys to play football instead of being stock brokers

  7. laserw says: Jan 31, 2013 12:24 PM

    How about starting to whine about the disproportionate amount of minorities as players? If you are going to bitch about poor representation in management, then you need to also address the disproportionate OVER REPRESENTATION in the rank and file.

    Honestly, this concern about racism that doesn’t exist is getting old.

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