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Buccaneers to interview Harold Goodwin for head coach

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The Buccaneers are widely believed to be leaning toward promoting their own offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, to head coach. But they have to conduct at least one other interview first.

According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, the Bucs will interview Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin for their head-coaching vacancy.

By interviewing Goodwin, the Buccaneers will have complied with the Rooney Rule, which requires each team with a head-coaching vacancy to interview a minority before hiring a new coach. But if the Bucs interview Goodwin and then proceed to hire Koetter, questions will be raised about whether the Bucs truly considered all qualified applicants for the job, rather than just deciding on Koetter first and arranging a Rooney Rule interview later.

Goodwin, as the coordinator of one of the NFL’s best offenses, is certainly qualified for head-coaching consideration. And he may consider it a benefit to his own career to get a head-coaching interview, even if the Bucs are going to hire Koetter. But teams that schedule an interview with a minority candidate after they’ve already decided to hire a white coach are following the letter of the Rooney Rule while violating its spirit. The rule was designed not to increase the number of interviews given to minority coaches, but to increase the opportunities of minority coaches. A team that gives a coach an interview after deciding to hire someone else isn’t actually giving that coach an opportunity.

So Goodwin will get an interview. It remains to be seen whether he actually has an opportunity to become the Buccaneers’ next head coach.

Photo via Arizona Cardinals.

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  1. armchairqb says: Jan 8, 2016 9:20 AM

    Who?

  2. fubarry says: Jan 8, 2016 9:23 AM

    Stop this!

  3. patsxsaintsfan says: Jan 8, 2016 9:25 AM

    So I guess lovie didn’t count for the Rooney rule

  4. ncfloyd says: Jan 8, 2016 9:26 AM

    Of course they already gave a minority a coaching opportunity, his name is Lovie Smith. That might satisfiy the spirit of the Rooney Rule.

  5. coltsfan79 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:27 AM

    For all the crowing on any Colts article about how they’re a “total dumpster fire” with the “worst owner in sports”…..stop. 11-5 3x, 8-8 without their franchise QB for half the season…just stop. Tampa just ran off a good HC that deserved a 3rd year at least. Their ownership (Glazer family) has run Manchester United into the ground as well. Sadly, Tampa is a dumpster fire….not Indy.

  6. oneofhis says: Jan 8, 2016 9:28 AM

    There’s your Rooney Rule interview before they make Dirk Koetter head coach.

  7. rob471773 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:29 AM

    This is insulting

  8. 6250claimer says: Jan 8, 2016 9:30 AM

    The Rooney Rule should be illegal. Discrimination is still discrimination, even in “reverse”.

  9. mataug says: Jan 8, 2016 9:31 AM

    Harold Goodwin gets an opportunity to interview, why skip that fact. Some day he could be a successful AA coach like Dungy but at least he needs to be considered.

  10. nole53 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:31 AM

    I understand the value of the Rooney rule, but you can’t really fault a team for knowing who they want.

    Sports writers around the country have been saying that the Bucs would be foolish to get rid of their coach without having a solid plan of who they’re going to get next—so, it’s the height of hypocrisy to then chide them for not taking other interviews as seriously.

    This example is exactly why that while the Rooney rule has purpose, it is ultimately ineffective.

  11. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 8, 2016 9:33 AM

    Remove the Rooney rule.

  12. jackbassett says: Jan 8, 2016 9:33 AM

    If the Rooney Rule continues, it should apply only to defensive and offensive coordinator positions. The strategy should be to PREPARE minority candidates for the “top” coaching position. Many head coaching slots are filled with coordinators. The NFL should work on enhancing the POOL of candidates.

  13. chicksdigthelongballs says: Jan 8, 2016 9:33 AM

    Rooney Rule is garbage PC.

  14. luxinterior78 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:33 AM

    So if the candidates see it for what it is and refuse the interview, can the team hire a coach since they technically didn’t interview a minority? A ridiculous and insulting rule!

  15. boltbacker619 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:34 AM

    What happened to just hiring the best man for the job. I understand that the intentions are good. If your a ( hot) coach then your a hot coach regardless of anything. There just happens to be more qualified white men for these positions as of right now. As more minority players start to retire and turn to coaching things may start to change. But still the jobs should go to the best man for the job

  16. kane337 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:34 AM

    When are teams going to start interviewing Asian or native American Indian candidates? This Rooney rule needs to be tweaked.

  17. a1b24312 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:34 AM

    Dirk Koetter, like Adam Gase and Mike McCoy before him, the flavor of the month assistant coach that’ll be fired two, three years down the line.

  18. Dan says: Jan 8, 2016 9:35 AM

    Part of the point of the Rooney Rule was to get minority coaches in front of owners and GMs *even if it was simply to satisfy the rule*. The process makes those coaches a little more prominent and increases the possibility that they’ll get more interviews in the future.

  19. Packernet says: Jan 8, 2016 9:36 AM

    Rooney rule hurts more than it helps. Token interviews just to comply. I would do the same thing. Interview the janitor and you are covered.

  20. tmainj says: Jan 8, 2016 9:37 AM

    Interview for head coach, hire him as OC.

  21. cuda1234 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:37 AM

    Maybe this guy is a serous candidate, maybe he’s not, but its BECAUSE of the Racist Rooney Rule that we’ll never know.

  22. suhmonster90 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:38 AM

    I think my day would be better if I could read an article about a black coaching candidate that had no mention of the Rooney Rule. Your readers are informed we don’t have to read the same paragraph over and over.

    Also, is this the big name the Bucs were after? Because I’m sorry to say I’ve never heard of him. I’d imagine that offense is more the work of Arians anyway.

  23. daramsman says: Jan 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    As an African American speaking here…the Rooney rule is a joke and does more harm than good..Why have a token interview just so you can meet some quota knowing this isn’t the guy you want…?

    I agree that alot of good black coaches get over looked by owners and GMs and it will be their cross to bare for not hiring these talented football minds. But I think its time to do away with this stupid rule and find other creative ways to engage minority coaches, GMs and hopefully one day owners.

    We have an Hispanic American coach, with an MVP African American QB with a white owner that are on the way to the ultimate prize. Now thats what American sports should and can look like…

  24. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:40 AM

    NOBODY is forcing these guys to interview…so don’t cry ‘foul’ if you feel you’re being used.

  25. 6ball says: Jan 8, 2016 9:40 AM

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    Even if the Bucs plan to hire Koetter and are only complying with the Rooney rule this is still a good deal for Goodwin because until this post I’d never heard of him. Name recognition is essential in the coaching game.
    .

  26. ragnarthegreat says: Jan 8, 2016 9:43 AM

    I understand the Rooney Rule, but in some cases it forces teams to act in a disreputable fashion. In cases like this one where the team has someone already in house and hired who they want to promote, why make them perform a farcical interview and put some poor soul through that. How about an exception for teams promoting from within and reserve the rule for teams conducting a legitimate search?

  27. gscott104 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:43 AM

    Seems like the Fritz Pollard Alliance is far more effective than the Rooney Rule sham.

  28. charliecharger says: Jan 8, 2016 9:45 AM

    The day Jeff Fisher stops getting jobs is the day the Rooney Rule will no longer be required

  29. troylok says: Jan 8, 2016 9:47 AM

    The Rooney Rule really isn’t opening the door for any minority candidate. I don’t think any team has said, “Wow, I never would have hired that guy if I had not been forced to interview a minority”. The reality is teams try to hire the best guy out there. It is only in their best interest to do that. Every team’s idea of who is “best” is different, but I believe a guy like Godwin will get his shot, although I think he needs a larger body of work before he gets the offer.

  30. openfieldtackle says: Jan 8, 2016 9:50 AM

    No more Rooney rule. If a coach is good he will get a chance!
    There should be a no retread rule for interviewing washed up candidates.

  31. cowboylover says: Jan 8, 2016 9:55 AM

    So what if they really want Dirk? Shouldn’t ownership/management be able to hire who they wish? Teams are forced to comply with the Rooney rule so once they have complied, who cares? I can’t think of a single owner who doesn’t seek to hire the guy he thinks best suited to run his team, no matter the color of their skin. Stupid, outdated rule. It’s insulting to minority coaches.

  32. savethebs says: Jan 8, 2016 9:55 AM

    But teams that schedule an interview with a minority candidate after they’ve already decided to hire a white coach are following the letter of the Rooney Rule while violating its spirit. The rule was designed not to increase the number of interviews given to minority coaches, but to increase the opportunities of minority coaches. A team that gives a coach an interview after deciding to hire someone else isn’t actually giving that coach an opportunity.

    ———————————————

    There is literally no way around this. I hate this sentiment about the “spirit of the rule.” Should teams be required to hire black coaches? I think we’re over the racist crap of the past. Winning is all that matters these days & teams will hire any coach who they think will win.

  33. stevent92 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:56 AM

    They should interview Jackie Chan.

    I believe that would count.

  34. zampft says: Jan 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    How are we supposed to move beyond race as a society, when silly rules like this keep emphasizing a person’s race?

  35. sterling7 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:05 AM

    It’s a stupid rule-who should tell anyone who to hire?

  36. wjmoffatt says: Jan 8, 2016 10:09 AM

    They’ve had a minority coach twice in six years. Who cares about this damn rule!

  37. celticsforever says: Jan 8, 2016 10:09 AM

    I despise the Rooney rule. But at the very least if you team is going to promote a coordinator to head coach (hire from within) then they should be allowed to do so without having to insult someone with a bogus interview.

  38. tmsclade says: Jan 8, 2016 10:10 AM

    The Rooney Rule is a great propaganda tool for the sports media. This year, most of the best qualified candidates happen to all be white, so each time that a team has setup an interview with a minority candidate in order to comply with the rules, an article has been written on here implying that the team is just skirting the Rooney Rule.

    Realistically, most coaches do not get the first head coaching opportunity that they interview for. Even in the cases where these teams are interviewing these candidate just to comply with the a rule so that they can proceed with the candidate that they’ve already identified as their next head coach, that person is still getting the valuable experience of going through the interviewing process. Assuming that individual continues to improve their resume and body of work towards a head coaching career, it could be something that helps them secure that next position.

    Stop trying to make it seem like teams are being racist every time that they setup an interview with a minority candidate.

  39. jrossizzle says: Jan 8, 2016 10:14 AM

    Truth is NFL owners would hire anyone who they think gives them the best chance win.

    They could care less of color.

    As most things, more regulations = more harm.

    Bucs have hired 3 black coaches lately and Steven A Smith called them racist yesterday…………

  40. RegisHawk says: Jan 8, 2016 10:15 AM

    Luckily, we have this place to tell us what to think.

  41. qwerty650 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:15 AM

    TB Version of the Rooney Rule:
    1. Dismal team hires black coach
    2. Coach increases wins from 2014 to 2015 by 200% (2 wins to 6 wins).
    3. Coach keeps rookie QB out of trouble from draft to end of season (a record amount of time for this QB to go without doing something stupid/illegal).
    4. Coach earns respect of players.
    5. Organization abruptly fires aforementioned black coach over the phone in order to keep a white assistant.
    6. Organization interviews another black coach to comply with the Rule.

    Dear TB: It is clear you have a firm grasp of the Rule. You can waive Step #6. Sincerely, League Office

  42. wjmoffatt says: Jan 8, 2016 10:15 AM

    We better hire Dirk Koetter

  43. pasipblog says: Jan 8, 2016 10:17 AM

    There are only 2 black offense co ordinators in the NFL. This one does not call the plays!! Hue Jackson the other black offensive co -ordinator will get to all the interviews. Even the telephone interviews this sunday!!

  44. tformation says: Jan 8, 2016 10:20 AM

    Hey, might as well ask Lovie if he’d like to interview for the job they just fired him from.

  45. bucrightoff says: Jan 8, 2016 10:20 AM

    The Bucs having to fulfill the Rooney Rule is hilarious. They’ve only had 3 of their last 5 coaches be a black man, but yeah they won’t consider minority candidates.

  46. oaklegend says: Jan 8, 2016 10:21 AM

    So what are they supposed to do if they had decided they want to hire Koetter? It’s their right to know who they want to hire and it’s their obligation to attend the NFL’s reasonable rule to interview a minority candidate. Much ado about nothing.

  47. chc4 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:21 AM

    So wait… now teams get questioned for abiding by the Rooney Rule yet still hiring a white guy? Maybe the NFL should just force teams to hire minorities?

    Sheesh, what a world we live in!

  48. jvw1982 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:24 AM

    And this is the bad about the Rooney Rule, until a better system comes along that puts AA coaches on the same footing as their white counterparts then this charade will have to continue……the good about the Rooney Rule is this doesn’t happen often…..also how many folks even heard of the guy Harold Goodwin, guarantee his name will come up more in next yr rounds of interviews because of this and the best part about it, no one was harmed………

  49. dallasdominates says: Jan 8, 2016 10:24 AM

    I look at it like this. Harold will take the interview because in his position at Arizona, the Offensive Guru’s everyone talks about is Tom Moore, and Bruce Arians. No one even mentions the man when bringing up their offense, so this is a way to put his name out there in the coaching circles. Hell, I wouldn’t have known the name or man had I not have known he was a former graduate from my high school.

  50. gilamu says: Jan 8, 2016 10:26 AM

    “So if the candidates see it for what it is and refuse the interview, can the team hire a coach since they technically didn’t interview a minority?”

    I think this happened with Detroit a few years ago – they were clearly set on hiring Steve Mariucci (I think they even said so). They could not get a minority candidate to interview and ended up paying a fine for not satisfying the rule.

  51. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 8, 2016 10:27 AM

    STOP THIS NOW!

    Every one of these black assistant coaches need to band together and say no to these teams who are just placating to the shield so they don’t lose draft picks.

    But they can’t, otherwise they’ll get blackballed by the league and labeled as difficult. And when you’re a black man labeled as “difficult” [player or coach], you limit your opportunities by about 80%.

  52. Zac F. says: Jan 8, 2016 10:31 AM

    The Rooney Rule is a joke, and it should be considered shameful for any media outlet to accuse teams of “sham interviews.”

    Look: this is the way the world works. Employers, especially at top positions like this, often have a specific candidate in mind when they have a vacancy. That candidate will be whoever they feel is the best fit for the job they have. With the livelihood of their business and all their employees at stake, that is how it SHOULD be.

    Sometimes that candidate will be white, and sometimes it will be a minority candidate. Again, it is whoever they believe is the best guy to run their business.

    The very idea that a billion-dollar corporation like the NFL would discriminate when hiring for head coaching positions solely on race is ludicrous right on the face of it. Every team has all the motivation in the world to hire the best guy, period.

  53. helicopterpilot13 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:32 AM

    Rooney Rule is stupid.

  54. Zac F. says: Jan 8, 2016 10:33 AM

    And if you don’t believe that, then ask Mike Singletary how much thought the 49ers put into other candidates when he was hired as their head coach. They believed he was the right guy, so that’s exactly who they hired.

  55. a1b24312 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:36 AM

    Re: Arizona, did anyone stop and think that Arians really runs that offense? Hmmm….

  56. colt13 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:39 AM

    Also, is this the big name the Bucs were after? Because I’m sorry to say I’ve never heard of him. I’d imagine that offense is more the work of Arians anyway.

    Goodwin has been on my short list because Bowles came from the same staff and improved the Jets. Figured Goodwin would get at look soon.

  57. webofbelief says: Jan 8, 2016 10:45 AM

    “In cases like this one where the team has someone already in house and hired who they want to promote, why make them perform a farcical interview and put some poor soul through that.”

    Harold Goodwin already knows that he’s not getting the job, but I’m sure he’ll be happy to have his name mentioned all over the football media so that later he will have a better chance of being a legit candidate.

    Bottom line, even when the interview is “farcical” it still improves the candidates chances of ultimately getting a head coaching job, so I don’t think it’s harmful.

  58. armchairqb says: Jan 8, 2016 10:46 AM

    Rooney Rule has absolutely become what everyone suspected it would become. Teams now have to “check the box” by interviewing a minority candidate even if they have zero intention of hiring the man.

    How can the candidates not find these oh-so-transparent “interviews” insulting? Goodwin himself surely knows enough about the organization to realize he’s not a serious candidate. Some day, one of these guys will just decline the interview. Why not? When they new coach comes in, he’s going to get let go anyway?

    All this is particularly absurd since the outgoing TB coach is African-American.

    The Rooney Rule is actually more racist than the supposed racism it’s in place to eliminate. Ridiculous.

  59. rdstpa2 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:54 AM

    Any rule that treats a man differently than another because of the color of his skin is a BAD rule.

  60. codythao35 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:56 AM

    If I’m him I wouldn’t waste my time, especially knowing they’re not going to hire him but their own guy.

  61. Nic says: Jan 8, 2016 11:05 AM

    So Tampa Bay is being crucified for the firing of Lovie Smith. I commend the move. He led the league not once but twice in Penalties. His “bend but don’t break” defense allowed a crop of mediocre to awful QB’s to include Kellen Clemons, Matt Cassel, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallet, Austin Davis, etc to complete 70% of their attempts and in fact break the defense. This is after he ran off pro bowlers Darrelle Revis and Donald Penn in his first year and replaced them with free agent busts Anthony Collins and Alterraun Verner. He hired his own GM and had final say over the 53 man roster. Chip Kelly literally did the same thing in Philly and he was crucified and his firing was met with 100% approval from the media. Why does Lovie get a pass? Sorry the Glazers are tired of the playoffs being a 31 team race for the last decade. The best thing Lovie did was secure the #1 overall pick to get Famous Jameis.

    The Bucs should be commended that they are actually interviewing a viable candidate to fulfill the Rooney rule. The cardinals had a very good offense this year. They could have just interviewed Hardy Nickerson the LB’s coach if they were dead set on Koetter but they are taking their time. But alas, if Koetter proves to be the best for the job (as of now, he is) the Bucs will be vilified. This is a lose/lose situation for the Bucs but I congratulate the Glazers for making the right choice.

  62. dvdman123 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:10 AM

    Does the NBA or MLB have a Rooney Rule? I rest my case.

  63. mark0226 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:11 AM

    I don’t think it matters if the Bucs already have a candidate in mind. They still have not hired that candidate, so another better candidate could come up. Maybe they interview this guy and decide that he is better than the one they had in mind. As a hiring Manager in a business, I might have an internal candidate in mind, but still want to go through the process to interview others for comparison. Sometimes you need new blood even though the internal candidate looks good. The external candidate comes in with fresh ideas.

  64. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 8, 2016 11:13 AM

    Rooney Rule. A waste of time, money, and effort. Quality Control procedures should dictate the eradication of this now antiquated rule in an effort to drive cost out of the hiring process.

  65. bjwbrown2011 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:19 AM

    “Part of the point of the Rooney Rule was to get minority coaches in front of owners and GMs *even if it was simply to satisfy the rule*. The process makes those coaches a little more prominent and increases the possibility that they’ll get more interviews in the future.”

    Exactly, the point of the Rooney rule wasn’t to get teams to hire minority coaches that they don’t want. But to get teams thinking about minority candidates, even if its by virtue of having them go through interviews that they have virtually no chance of getting.

    If this was a “Token Rooney interview” then at least the Bucs did it right by interviewing a legit candidate rather then an unqualified position coach who is in house like some teams do.

  66. snookau says: Jan 8, 2016 11:20 AM

    Two of the last three Bucs coaches were black.

    Shut your mouth about “violating the spirit” of the Rooney Rule in regards to the Bucs.

    That’s garbage.

  67. snookau says: Jan 8, 2016 11:24 AM

    TB Version of the Rooney Rule:
    1. Dismal team hires black coach
    2. Coach increases wins from 2014 to 2015 by 200% (2 wins to 6 wins).
    3. Coach keeps rookie QB out of trouble from draft to end of season (a record amount of time for this QB to go without doing something stupid/illegal).
    4. Coach earns respect of players.
    5. Organization abruptly fires aforementioned black coach over the phone in order to keep a white assistant.
    6. Organization interviews another black coach to comply with the Rule.

    Dear TB: It is clear you have a firm grasp of the Rule. You can waive Step #6. Sincerely, League Office

    ————–

    Only 1 other coach in Bucs history has had a worse record in their first two seasons.

    Let that marinate. In the putrid history of the Buccaneers, only 1 other guy was worse than Lovie. And it was before free agency.

    Lovie is not a good coach. And he will never get another head coaching job in the NFL.

    Sincerely,

    Reality

  68. JC De La Torre says: Jan 8, 2016 11:25 AM

    No it couldn’t be that Jason Licht, who was assistant GM in Arizona before becoming GM of the Buccaneers, has a connection with Goodwin. It must be the Rooney Rule.

    I think MDS is being disrespectful to Goodwin, not the Buccaneers.

  69. putthatkoolaiddown says: Jan 8, 2016 11:25 AM

    daramsman says:
    Jan 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    As an African American speaking here…the Rooney rule is a joke and does more harm than good..Why have a token interview just so you can meet some quota knowing this isn’t the guy you want…?

    I agree that alot of good black coaches get over looked by owners and GMs and it will be their cross to bare for not hiring these talented football minds. But I think its time to do away with this stupid rule and find other creative ways to engage minority coaches, GMs and hopefully one day owners.

    We have an Hispanic American coach, with an MVP African American QB with a white owner that are on the way to the ultimate prize. Now thats what American sports should and can look like…

    Yeah, it’s nice that you don’t like the rule, and think it is un-neecssary. The problem people will have with your argument is the fact that the Hispanic HC you mentioned…he got his job through the application of the Rooney rule.

  70. swellbuilt says: Jan 8, 2016 11:26 AM

    Looney Rule

  71. Chris says: Jan 8, 2016 11:30 AM

    Licht came from the AZ front office, so he knows Goodwin.

  72. bassplucker says: Jan 8, 2016 11:31 AM

    It’s unfortunate that more people today probably associate the name “Rooney” with an archaic reverse discrimination practice than they do with a founding father of the modern NFL and one of the best owners the league has ever seen.

  73. painsyndicate says: Jan 8, 2016 11:36 AM

    Tampa Bay: Hello, Mr. Goodwin?
    Harold: This is he.
    Tampa Bay: This is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office. Good luck in the playoffs.
    Harold: Thank you very much.
    Tampa Bay: Good bye.

    Rooney-ruled. Good to go. Hello Mr. Koetter.

  74. liner1900 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:36 AM

    Don’t blame ownership for frequently firing, blame them for bad hiring.

    If you look beyond the record you’ll see an incredibly undisciplined team (penalties), frequent blow-outs where all 3 phases were unprepared, a horrible & regressing pass defense (opposing QBs 70% completion), lousy personnel decisions, and head-scratching game management (times outs and challenges). Lovie is high-character but desperately needed to go. Shouldn’t have been hired.

    And, Lovie didn’t win 6 games despite having a rookie QB, he won that many thanks to him. This was a 3-win team if Lovie didn’t produce the worst team in the league the year prior, giving him the 1st pick.

  75. bam5239 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:41 AM

    It’s a bit of a catch 22. On the one hand as of 2013 there had been 20 minority head coaches since 1963. Of those 17 were hired after the Rooney Rule. On the other hand there are times a minorty coach is being interviewed solely due to skin color. Obviously the rule has done a great deal to encourage minority coaches and combat racism (put in place in 2003). I think a no interview provsion could be an answer. In that a current coach can be promoted without a minority interview, so long as no other candidates are interviewed. However, this will cost minority coaches exposure. Before today I’d never heard of AZ’s OC. Despite the fact it’s a token interview he now has national exposure he otherwise would have not had.

  76. jeagan1999 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:18 PM

    The Bucs have had 3 black Head Coaches in the last 20 years (Dungy, Morris, Smith). They seem to be one of the only teams that really looks at minority candidates. I can’t think of ANY other team that has hired as many black HC’s…..but I can point out many teams that have never hired a single one! So get off Tampa’s back! The “rule” says you gotta interview at least one minority candidate, and they are doing that! Then they can hire Koetter, who is the guy they really want. After seeing how he helped develop rookie Jameis Winston into the franchise QB this team has sorely lacked the last few decades, I think he has earned the right….if that’s what he wants to do!

  77. MrGschwind says: Jan 8, 2016 12:23 PM

    Do you understand the Rooney Rule isn’t keeping the Bucs from hiring the person they want, it just states they have to INTERVIEW a minority candidate?

    Most people outside of Cardinals fans have no idea who Goodwin is, but this is an opportunity for him to get his name out there so in two years when Koetter gets fired, maybe the Glazer’s (or another team) give Goodwin a call.

    Yes, Tampa has had three black head coaches within the last 10 years, but if you think Tampa is the norm and not the exception then I have an in-ground swimming pool you may be interested in buying.

  78. icebergsimpson says: Jan 8, 2016 12:24 PM

    Nic says:
    Jan 8, 2016 11:05 AM
    So Tampa Bay is being crucified for the firing of Lovie Smith. I commend the move. He led the league not once but twice in Penalties. His “bend but don’t break” defense allowed a crop of mediocre to awful QB’s to include Kellen Clemons, Matt Cassel, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallet, Austin Davis, etc to complete 70% of their attempts and in fact break the defense. This is after he ran off pro bowlers Darrelle Revis and Donald Penn in his first year and replaced them with free agent busts Anthony Collins and Alterraun Verner. He hired his own GM and had final say over the 53 man roster. Chip Kelly literally did the same thing in Philly and he was crucified and his firing was met with 100% approval from the media. Why does Lovie get a pass? Sorry the Glazers are tired of the playoffs being a 31 team race for the last decade. The best thing Lovie did was secure the #1 overall pick to get Famous Jameis.

    The Bucs should be commended that they are actually interviewing a viable candidate to fulfill the Rooney rule. The cardinals had a very good offense this year. They could have just interviewed Hardy Nickerson the LB’s coach if they were dead set on Koetter but they are taking their time. But alas, if Koetter proves to be the best for the job (as of now, he is) the Bucs will be vilified. This is a lose/lose situation for the Bucs but I congratulate the Glazers for making the right choice.

    ———-

    Great post & points, Nic

  79. howiehandles says: Jan 8, 2016 12:29 PM

    This really is a joke. The guys getting interviewed can’t turn it down, as it will make them look arrogant or unwilling to move up, but it’s ridiculous as everyone knows it’s just a token gesture based on this rule. Damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.

  80. lahamburgerler says: Jan 8, 2016 12:44 PM

    All this visceral language around the Rooney rule. I wish I could tell you why there are only 4 Black head coaches and 1 Hispanic in the NFL in 2016 (and 3 OCs). I wish I could tell you why the same non-minority’s head coaches keep being recycled (fired & rehired) over and over and over (Fox, Del Rio, Ryan, Kubiak, Reid, Kelly, Carrol, Fisher, etc). Some geniuses are complaining about a rule that at the very least add to the conversation of why talented applicants were not even being LOOKED at. Some of the clowns here would argue it’s a lack of talent. Some even call it discrimination. That’s humorous. I can have the capacity to play in this league for 10+ years, be an assistant coach or the like, but some dude from Fargo Community Prep State with no professional playing experience has earned it.

  81. kcl10 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:55 PM

    Bucs GM Jason Licht worked in Arizona while Goodwin was on the Cardinals staff, so they have history. He may be there to satisfy the Rooney Rule, but it seems like Licht at least put some thought in to who he wanted to interview in order to satisfy the rule. This wasn’t just the GM pulling a minority candidate out of a hat people, but I guess it’s to expect people to know what they’re talking about before they complain.

  82. nite2al says: Jan 8, 2016 1:29 PM

    Wow, I didn’t know that the Rooney Rule granted you a head coaching position!

  83. jmc8888 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:38 PM

    For others who are wondering, Arians calls the plays, not Goodwin. Arians lets him call the preseason plays.

    Also, the only way he leaves is for a promotion, he isn’t leaving AZ for the same position in TB. His allegiance is to Arians not Licht, and the Cardinals, like any NFL team do not have to allow a lateral move for an assistant under contract.

  84. zampft says: Jan 8, 2016 1:56 PM

    Bring back Tony Dungy!

  85. Patch24680 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:56 PM

    Are the Glazers related to the Haslams? Sure seems that way. SMH…….

  86. 1trojan33usc says: Jan 8, 2016 2:09 PM

    The Bucs and Glazers are officially a joke. It amazes me how you can give a head coach 2 seasons to turn the nightmare that was the Bucs around. I don’t know if it was racially motivated or what (and i’m black) but it really Chaps My Bunz to see “Tools” like Jason Garrett who has produced absolutely NOTHING for the Dallas Cowboys in the ENTIRE duration of the anemic seasons he has produced. Did those clowns not notice the improvements from year one to year to by Lovie??? Ridiculous this whole thing disgust me greatly.

  87. jonwill57 says: Jan 8, 2016 3:04 PM

    daramsman says:
    You refer to these as token interviews. Many of them are just that. However, to ride the bus, you need a token. In other words, without the rule do you honestly believe these men would be given consideration? You said you’re Black, but I wonder. You honestly believe that?

  88. dblr0910 says: Jan 8, 2016 3:40 PM

    I wonder how many of these critics of the Rooney rule are African American

  89. painsyndicate says: Jan 8, 2016 4:30 PM

    dblr0910 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 3:40 PM

    I wonder how many of these critics of the Rooney rule are African American?
    ———–
    Zero.

  90. jonwill57 says: Jan 8, 2016 5:43 PM

    painsyndicate says:
    Jan 8, 2016 4:30 PM

    dblr0910 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 3:40 PM

    I wonder how many of these critics of the Rooney rule are African American?
    ———–
    Zero.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    You’re right because Blacks understand the reason why the rule is in place. Black men don’t necessarily like it but without, the league would be just like it was before. Amazing how white people interpret it to mean a team has to hire a black coach. It means they have to INTERVIEW a MINORITY coach. Has any team ever been subjected to league sanctions for failure to hire a minority HC? Name one instance where this has happened…anybody, name one!

  91. painsyndicate says: Jan 8, 2016 6:53 PM

    jonwill57 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:43 PM

    You’re right because Blacks understand the reason why the rule is in place. Black men don’t necessarily like it but without, the league would be just like it was before. Amazing how white people interpret it to mean a team has to hire a black coach. It means they have to INTERVIEW a MINORITY coach. Has any team ever been subjected to league sanctions for failure to hire a minority HC? Name one instance where this has happened…anybody, name one!
    —–
    When did minority equal black? What if a team interviewed an Asian or an Indian or a Samoan for head coach? The 0bongo donkeys would be crying out for someone’s head. This country is becoming sick of it.

  92. painsyndicate says: Jan 8, 2016 7:02 PM

    jonwill57 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 5:43 PM

    You’re right because Blacks understand the reason why the rule is in place. Black men don’t necessarily like it but without, the league would be just like it was before. Amazing how white people interpret it to mean a team has to hire a black coach. It means they have to INTERVIEW a MINORITY coach. Has any team ever been subjected to league sanctions for failure to hire a minority HC? Name one instance where this has happened…anybody, name one!
    ———–
    What if an NFL team interviewed and then hired an Asian coach without interviewing a black candidate? Would there be howls a protests about that? Of course there would. The Rooney rule means that you must interview a BLACK candidate, period.

    Trillion$ of assistance has been extended in that manner by this country over the years. We are getting sick of it folks.

  93. chrisdacommish says: Jan 9, 2016 8:16 PM

    This rule has passed its time….

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