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Fritz Pollard Alliance identifies its six coaching candidates

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 8: Defensive Coordinator George Edwards of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders on August 8, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

Each of the teams with a coaching vacancy has to interview at least one minority candidate, in order to comply with the Rooney Rule.

And the group that promotes diversity has identified the guys they hope get chances at those jobs this year.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Fritz Pollard Alliance has named the six candidates they’re recommending to teams this year, including Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards for the first time.

Chairman John Wooten said others on the list of recommendations are Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, Buffalo running backs coach and assistant head coach Anthony Lynn and Dallas secondary coach Jerome Henderson.

Jackson is in high demand, with three interviews Sunday, and it seems certain he’ll end up with his second head coaching job.

Austin has interviews with the Browns, Dolphins, Giants and Eagles, capitalizing on positive reviews from last year.

Goodwin’s first interview is with the Buccaneers, while Lynn has an interview with the 49ers and Henderson has one with the Browns.

Edwards hasn’t cracked the rotation yet, perhaps because he doesn’t call the plays on his own team (head coach Mike Zimmer does). But Wooten said he got strong endorsements from Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman for Edwards.

“According to Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer, he’s moved into a position where he’s very, very much involved in the game-day operation of calling the plays and runs the defense room,’’ Wooten said. “We think the Vikings have done a heck of a job of moving forward, and we think [Edwards] deserves the opportunity.’’

Whether he gets one remains to be seen, since he’s busy preparing for a playoff game. But he’s moved into the pipeline, which can’t hurt his chances at advancement.

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56 Responses to “Fritz Pollard Alliance identifies its six coaching candidates”
  1. cuda1234 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    Fritz Pollard Alliance doesn’t promote diversity; it promotes BLACK coaches. Since it makes its decisions solely on the basis of race, doesn’t that make it a racist group?

  2. ttommytom says: Jan 8, 2016 9:44 AM

    Hue Jackson should pick a stable franchise. Although the Giants seem to be the only one of those choosing right now.

    Since the Giants kept Reese, it might not be as good a job as people portray it being…

  3. mikeyhigs says: Jan 8, 2016 9:44 AM

    Sounds like the Fritz Pollard Alliance is acting like the “Good Old Boys” network that they are trying to combat

  4. PokeSalad says: Jan 8, 2016 9:47 AM

    Since Hue has already been a HC before, why is he still allowed to take advantage of this affirmative-action program? Wouldn’t his spot be better used by a black coach who’s never been a HC?

  5. savethebs says: Jan 8, 2016 9:51 AM

    Wait, they’re recommending guys who aren’t even coordinators. A running backs coach & secondary coach? I mean, at least promote guys who are qualified.

  6. secretomen00 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:57 AM

    don’t you think it’s a bit too late to be identifying candidates? the list should had been published a month ago!

  7. charger383 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:59 AM

    they don’t care if he is a good coach

  8. Remember when PFT was about football? Now its just a bunch of whiney losers who cry about the Patriots says: Jan 8, 2016 10:04 AM

    So how does the FPA come to these conclusions? Im really very curious. How do they determine which black coaches are the most likely to be successful head coaches? Cuz I am pretty sure that there are owners of sports teams, not just NFL, that would love to get their hands on that formula.

    And if you aren’t one of the top 6, does that make you feel slighted? I find it offensive that the FPA would go out of their way to single out only 6, leaving hundreds of coaches feeling badly about themselves. Lets think about the feelings of those people too FPA.

  9. niners816 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:05 AM

    If there was a group that promoted just white coaches, everyone would throw a girly fit. But since everyone is sensitive and soft, everyone gets offended. Time to pull up your big boy pants.

  10. jonwill57 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:07 AM

    Here’s the irony…some of these guys I had no idea if they were black, white, Asian or Hispanic. What I do know is that many of them repeatedly get passed over for HC positions.

    Can we all agree that race is to America what religious accord is to the Middle East. It will never, ever be resolved.

    White people are upset because of the rules in place because, well, white people were good at excluding people because of race. They are quick to say…hire the best person. While that’s true, you won’t know who that person is unless EVERYONE is included.

    Black people are upset because if were not for the rule, there wouldn’t be any. Remember, this is a league where the government mandated that a certain team, in the nation’s capital, employ Black players.

    Yes, while all that was a long time ago, you would like to believe that things have changed…well, they haven’t. And therefore, the Rooney Rule is a must. The Fritz Pollard Foundation is necessary, but doesn’t have any power.

  11. jonwill57 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:09 AM

    @savethebs…..you realize that Andy Reid was QB coach and not a coordinator..or that John Harbaugh was Special Teams coach, never a coordinator?

  12. Pftsliberalagenda says: Jan 8, 2016 10:13 AM

    Racism is wrong

  13. jonwill57 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:14 AM

    @Pokesalad

    He might have been a HC, but he’s still Black. He might get the chance to be a retread coach like Whisenhunt or Andy Reid, or Rex Ryan or Jack Del Rio or Pete Carroll or Kubiak. You get my point?

  14. jonwill57 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:17 AM

    niners816 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:05 AM

    If there was a group that promoted just white coaches, everyone would throw a girly fit. But since everyone is sensitive and soft, everyone gets offended. Time to pull up your big boy pants.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Your post epitomizes the white mentality of not acknowledging the problem…why would a group need to promote white coaches? They don’t have to be promoted? Look at the list of names currently tossed around…hell even Chip phucking Kelly is being thrown around. Rex Ryan was a huge bust and still got another gig. One day before it’s too late, take ownership of the fact white folks created this situation, so deal with it. Don’t be mad at minorities, be mad at your own people.

  15. 49erfan44 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:21 AM

    How is this not racism? If there was a Joe Blow alliance promoting white coaches, Al Sharpton would blow a gasket.

  16. dawgman66 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:21 AM

    Can someone please tell me why Norv Turner is not in the mix?

  17. PokeSalad says: Jan 8, 2016 10:23 AM

    He might have been a HC, but he’s still Black. He might get the chance to be a retread coach like Whisenhunt or Andy Reid, or Rex Ryan or Jack Del Rio or Pete Carroll or Kubiak. You get my point?

    Yeah, jon, he’ll always be black. Thanks for the insight.

    But why wouldn’t the FPA want to promote a black coach who’s never had the chance? Isn’t it just as wrong for a up-and-coming black coach to be passed over for a black retread as well as a white retread?

    If a team wants a black retread, they can hire Hue any time they want – he has a HC track record anyone can examine. But I would think the FPA would concentrate on helping NON-retread black coaches first, before helping black retreads.

    You get my point?

  18. casualmalexlfan says: Jan 8, 2016 10:28 AM

    Yes, promote “diversity” by proposing six candidates, all with the same skin color, with the main qualifier for finding these these candidates being one skin color. You cannot fool all the people all the time, Fritz Pollard Alliance.

  19. amaf21 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:33 AM

    Fritz Pollard Alliance has named the six candidates they’re recommending to teams this year for sham interviews.

  20. atthemurph says: Jan 8, 2016 10:34 AM

    jonwill57 says:

    Your post epitomizes the white mentality of not acknowledging the problem…why would a group need to promote white coaches? They don’t have to be promoted? Look at the list of names currently tossed around…hell even Chip phucking Kelly is being thrown around. Rex Ryan was a huge bust and still got another gig. One day before it’s too late, take ownership of the fact white folks created this situation, so deal with it. Don’t be mad at minorities, be mad at your own people.
    ———————————

    So jonwill you actually believe that the NFL is not a meritocracy?

    You believe that a country who elected a black man as president, twice, somehow has an inherent racial bias?

    Utter nonsense.

    What you believe is racial prejudice I would categorize as cultural prejudice that has zero to do with the color of one’s skin. The problem is not that whites are prejudiced against black or ice versa but that we have two or three or more cultures in this country that do not share the same values.

    That much should be obvious. The vast majority of Americans believe in working hard, respecting each other, and obeying the Golden Rule. Those that don’t are discriminated against because their values are different. Not because they are colored differently.

  21. hail74 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:35 AM

    @jonwill, poke brought up Hue because one of the rationales for the Rooney rule was to get blacks interview experience. Something Hue doesn’t need. I also didn’t know the race of some of these candidates and quite frankly didn’t feel the need to. The rule needs to go because it is racist and teams make a mockery of it anyway. Every year some team will quickly interview a position coach, Duce Staley for example, just to meet the rule.

  22. fwippel says: Jan 8, 2016 10:36 AM

    I understand what the Fritz Pollard alliance is trying to do, and I respect it. But I do believe it is time to realize that times have in fact changed, and black coaches are getting opportunities for head coaching jobs.

    Marvin Lewis is the second-longest tenured head coach in the NFL. Mike Tomlin has been coaching in Pittsburgh now for going on a decade, and has a Super Bowl ring and two AFC Championship rings. Todd Bowles, despite missing the playoffs, turned in a 10-6 record in his first year as a head coach, and appears poised to have his team challenge the Patriots for the AFC East crown next year.

    Any owner or GM left who discriminates based on race is only hurting himself and his own franchise. They’d be idiots not to consider all qualified assistants, regardless of race.

    Two other thoughts: As a Viking fan, I’m glad Mike Zimmer isn’t black, because if he was, he’d have been hired by another franchise years ago. Right now he looks like he’s a keeper, and will be around for a long time. Second, if the NFL wants to lure a qualified black head coach, why isn’t Stanford’s David Shaw on this list? He has more than proven his mettle at the collegiate level.

  23. romophobic says: Jan 8, 2016 10:46 AM

    Anyone who supports or tries to excuse the FPA is clueless. They are nothing but a racist organization who pushes one specific race over every other race. That is racism. If you try to justify their racism or their existence then you are just as racist as they are.

  24. rdstpa2 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:47 AM

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

  25. pkrlvr says: Jan 8, 2016 10:59 AM

    Considering about 11% of the population is black, and the NFL has about the same percentage of black head coaches, I don’t see any need for the FPA or the Rooney rule. Seeing as about 75% of the players in the league are black where are the groups lobbying for more white opportunities? There are none, because, like coaching, the job gets awarded to the most qualified player. The NFL is not about race, and things like the Rooney rule and the FPA just introduce an issue that doesn’t exist. All owners want to win and they don’t give a damn about the color of the skin of the person who gets them the wins.

  26. bythebay15 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:09 AM

    @savethebs FYI re: Anthony Lynn–Assistant Head Coach is a title usually given to someone who has the pedigree of a head coach or coordinator, but who isn’t given the coordinator title because that position is already filled. It’s title that pays $$$$$$.

    Signed, someone who spent over six years in the league.

  27. justintuckrule says: Jan 8, 2016 11:11 AM

    We have a black GM. Do we need to comply with the Rooney Rule? Seriously question.

  28. contender21open says: Jan 8, 2016 11:13 AM

    Each of the teams with a coaching vacancy has to interview at least one minority candidate, in order to comply with the Rooney Rule.
    _______________________________

    How insulting to black people.

    Each team is going to hire the person they feel is best to coach their team, regardless of race. Doesn’t the NFL get that?

  29. mmack66 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:17 AM

    dawgman66 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:21 AM

    Can someone please tell me why Norv Turner is not in the mix?
    ———————-

    As a black head coach candidate? Good question.

    Oh, wait. He isn’t black, and he sucks as a head coach.

  30. teal379 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:18 AM

    Where are the coaches of Asian or Latino ancestry?

    Why aren’t they represented?

    When are we going to right that injustice?

  31. niners816 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:40 AM

    jonwill57 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:17 AM
    niners816 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:05 AM

    If there was a group that promoted just white coaches, everyone would throw a girly fit. But since everyone is sensitive and soft, everyone gets offended. Time to pull up your big boy pants.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Your post epitomizes the white mentality of not acknowledging the problem…why would a group need to promote white coaches? They don’t have to be promoted? Look at the list of names currently tossed around…hell even Chip phucking Kelly is being thrown around. Rex Ryan was a huge bust and still got another gig. One day before it’s too late, take ownership of the fact white folks created this situation, so deal with it. Don’t be mad at minorities, be mad at your own people.
    ———–
    No, no, no. Your post epitomizes the liberal/poor me mentality. I don’t care if he’s white, black, green, polka dots, etc, if he can coach, that’s all I care about. See, when things don’t go your way or you need someone to blame it on instead of blaming yourself for not being as good as someone else in that particular field, you’ll just blame it on race. You have no other grounds to stand on, you just need to blame it on someone else, because it can’t be your fault that someone is more qualified. Maybe you need to re-think your thinking.

  32. striggz says: Jan 8, 2016 12:01 PM

    Sad to see opinions differ based on race. Also sad to see only one race speaking on the others behalf in regards to needs and what is racist or offensive to them. Thank you for assuring black people that racism and prejudice do not exist. I will keep that in mind as I watch continuous reports of young African Americans being killed by police officers across our country. And to think the FPA has zero power and it’s still upsetting a certain race of people. The FPA is totally ineffective and it’s still upsetting people. Unbelievable!

  33. mmack66 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:02 PM

    Seems like there are plenty of minority coaches around the league, but there are only 32 NFL head coaching jobs to be had.

    Aren’t there, or weren’t there, already 4 or 6 minority head coaches in the league?

  34. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 8, 2016 12:03 PM

    dawgman66 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:21 AM

    Can someone please tell me why Norv Turner is not in the mix?
    ______

    Because he’s been a head coach three times already, he’s older than the hills, and his offense wasn’t very good this year.

  35. savethebs says: Jan 8, 2016 12:10 PM

    teal379 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 11:18 AM

    Where are the coaches of Asian or Latino ancestry?

    Why aren’t they represented?

    When are we going to right that injustice?

    ———————

    Um hello?
    -Ron Rivera

  36. maestro1899 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:24 PM

    fwippel says:
    Jan 8, 2016 10:36 AM
    I understand what the Fritz Pollard alliance is trying to do, and I respect it. But I do believe it is time to realize that times have in fact changed, and black coaches are getting opportunities for head coaching jobs.

    Marvin Lewis is the second-longest tenured head coach in the NFL. Mike Tomlin has been coaching in Pittsburgh now for going on a decade, and has a Super Bowl ring and two AFC Championship rings. Todd Bowles, despite missing the playoffs, turned in a 10-6 record in his first year as a head coach, and appears poised to have his team challenge the Patriots for the AFC East crown next year.

    Any owner or GM left who discriminates based on race is only hurting himself and his own franchise. They’d be idiots not to consider all qualified assistants, regardless of race.

    Two other thoughts: As a Viking fan, I’m glad Mike Zimmer isn’t black, because if he was, he’d have been hired by another franchise years ago. Right now he looks like he’s a keeper, and will be around for a long time. Second, if the NFL wants to lure a qualified black head coach, why isn’t Stanford’s David Shaw on this list? He has more than proven his mettle at the collegiate level.

    ———————————————————-

    I don’t agree with your first statement: “But I do believe it is time to realize that times have in fact changed, and black coaches are getting opportunities for head coaching jobs.”

    But if that is true, or becoming true, it’s because of the Rooney Rule.

    You listed Mike Tomlin. He never would’ve been hired when he did if it wasn’t for the Rooney Rule. You also bring up Todd Bowles. He had been a very successful DC for a number years before he got his first job in 2015. He’s seemed like a qualified candidate for years (and was even an interim HC in Miami). What took so long?

    Your last paragraph is vbery telling and seems to support why we need the Rooney Rule in 2015. You wrote: “As a Viking fan, I’m glad Mike Zimmer isn’t black, because if he was, he’d have been hired by another franchise years ago.”

    So even you are admitting that lesser-known, but QUALITY, black coaches and coordinators are getting passed over and that the Rooney Rule actually is doing something to even out the inequality (over 80% of NFL players are black, as are many lower-level position coaches, but Coordinator and HC positions don’t come anywhere close to reflecting this)

    One last note on David Shaw: Publicly, he has repeated over and over he is not interested in an NFL HC position. That’s why he isn’t on the list. Same with A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, although many think he’s ready to make the jump this year.

  37. thejuddstir says: Jan 8, 2016 12:26 PM

    Further proof that the FP Alliance is nothing more than a racist group. In Minny, George Edwards has the title of defensive coordinator and that’s it…….Head coach M. Zimmer makes ALL of the defensive calls in games, so where does Edwards come off as being named a HC candidate. If I were an owner or GM, I wouldn’t even take a call from the FPA.

  38. oldcracker says: Jan 8, 2016 12:27 PM

    These are privately owned corporations. They should be allowed to be run in a manner that the owner/owners sees fit, whether it is to maximize profits or self/community pride (wins).

    Save the affirmative action/quota crap for the government since they are supposed to represent “all” and are payed for by “all.”

    Racism is wrong in any form.

  39. PurpleRaid18 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:40 PM

    The Rooney Rule – while probably created with good intentions – is so blatantly hypocritical to keep around.

    Since most owners in the NFL are interested in WINNING football games, it would seem more likely that they would hire head coaches who are qualified to, you know, win games regardless of skin color. Instead, teams insultingly continue to call upon unqualified minority candidates (who have to know that they aren’t seriously being considered) only to satisfy an outdated rule.

    NFL, do the right thing and get rid of this rule.

  40. romophobic says: Jan 8, 2016 12:44 PM

    striggz says:
    Jan 8, 2016 12:01 PM

    Sad to see opinions differ based on race. Also sad to see only one race speaking on the others behalf in regards to needs and what is racist or offensive to them. Thank you for assuring black people that racism and prejudice do not exist. I will keep that in mind as I watch continuous reports of young African Americans being killed by police officers across our country. And to think the FPA has zero power and it’s still upsetting a certain race of people. The FPA is totally ineffective and it’s still upsetting people. Unbelievable!
    —-

    I think you’re confused as I’ve never read any opponent of the Rooney Rule claim that racism doesn’t exist. You also seem to imply that racism can only happen to black people. Further, you claim that only African Americans are killed by police excessive use of force. Even further, I think it is up to those using “offensive” language to determine if the meaning of what they are saying is actually offensive or not. In reality, anyone can claim to be offended by anything. I can be offended by your statement that claims I can’t be a victim of racism because I’m white. Promoting any person for any job at any level at any company in any industry simply based on race, regardless of what that race is, is racism. The same can be said of using sex as well.

    No one has denied that racism exists what opponents of the Rooney Rule continue to accurately point out is that guys who have no business being interviewed for head coaching jobs get interviewed not based on their character or job performance but ONLY because of their skin color. You can also throw the interviewing experience out of the window as it appears the same guys get interviewed year after year to satisfy to racist rule.

    Lastly, I don’t care what you think about racism but it is abundantly clear that the NFL is about profit. The ONLY thing owners care about is making money and in today’s world, I highly doubt that they care about the color of the skin of the guy who leads their teams to victory (which leads to higher profits) as long as he’s making them money. Donald Sterling had no problem paying black players and coaches despite being a racist bigot because they made him filthy rich.

  41. fwippel says: Jan 8, 2016 3:10 PM

    maestro1899 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 12:24 PM

    Your last paragraph is vbery telling and seems to support why we need the Rooney Rule in 2015. You wrote: “As a Viking fan, I’m glad Mike Zimmer isn’t black, because if he was, he’d have been hired by another franchise years ago.”

    =========================================
    You’re missing my point (which is not surprising). Zimmer wasn’t passed over because he was black or white. He was just passed over because the GMs doing the search didn’t consider him. What you can’t get past your pea-brained mind is the fact that being passed over happens to coaches of all colors, and it’s not because of race.

    If a GM doing a coaching search was to conduct an interview with every possible qualified head coaching candidate, he’d never hire anyone. GMs have a limited amount of time to go through this process, and the have to limit the number of people they interview. They can’t spend the entire off-season conducting coaching interviews, especially with the draft, free agency and off-season training programs.

    The Rooney rule is an insult to all coaches, and it’s time for it to go.

  42. lx2016 says: Jan 8, 2016 3:10 PM

    Wrong! The Rooney Rule is only for BLACK people. So racist. According to what this says, rooney rule is to force a team to interview a minority. Sure it is.
    I say every team interview Tomsula and skip the black race just so every team can make a mockery of this racist rule.
    Where are the rest of the races in this racist list?

  43. a1b24312 says: Jan 8, 2016 3:11 PM

    No Duce?

  44. lx2016 says: Jan 8, 2016 3:11 PM

    The NFL’s Schindlers List.

  45. lx2016 says: Jan 8, 2016 3:15 PM

    savethebs says:
    Jan 8, 2016 12:10 PM
    teal379 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 11:18 AM

    Where are the coaches of Asian or Latino ancestry?

    Why aren’t they represented?

    When are we going to right that injustice?

    ———————

    Um hello?
    -Ron Rivera
    ————————
    Wrong answer. He asked where are all the other races in this racist list?
    Not who is the only Hispanic coach.
    Why not force teams to interview a Arab. We can call it the Islamophobia Rule.

  46. zampft says: Jan 8, 2016 3:30 PM

    Diversity huh? Funny I don’t see a lot of Asians or Latinos on that list.

  47. maestro1899 says: Jan 8, 2016 3:40 PM

    fwippel says:
    Jan 8, 2016 3:10 PM
    maestro1899 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 12:24 PM

    Your last paragraph is vbery telling and seems to support why we need the Rooney Rule in 2015. You wrote: “As a Viking fan, I’m glad Mike Zimmer isn’t black, because if he was, he’d have been hired by another franchise years ago.”

    =========================================
    You’re missing my point (which is not surprising). Zimmer wasn’t passed over because he was black or white. He was just passed over because the GMs doing the search didn’t consider him. What you can’t get past your pea-brained mind is the fact that being passed over happens to coaches of all colors, and it’s not because of race.

    If a GM doing a coaching search was to conduct an interview with every possible qualified head coaching candidate, he’d never hire anyone. GMs have a limited amount of time to go through this process, and the have to limit the number of people they interview. They can’t spend the entire off-season conducting coaching interviews, especially with the draft, free agency and off-season training programs.

    The Rooney rule is an insult to all coaches, and it’s time for it to go.
    ————————————————————-

    But that’s the point.

    As you said so eloquently (at least for my “pea-sized brain), there are many qualified coaches, yet in a league that is 80% black, I don’t think there has ever even been even 25% black coaches (that would be 8 in any given season).

    As you said, there are lots of qualified candidates. So why do the black coaches get passed up? Why is it that when a guy like Duce Staley gets an interview, 80% of posts here reference the Rooney Rule? But no one says anything when an unknown white candidate like John Harbaugh or Mike Smith gets an interview or even the job.

    Why is that? Not enough qualified black candidates?

    That’s hard for me to believe. Where do most coaches come from? Former players that become position coaches and eventually HC? The pool is much greater for black coaches than white coaches.

    I could understand a statistical anomaly if there were only 1 or 2 opening a year, but in a League that usually has 6-7 a year, and most HC only last 2-3 years (so basically you get an entire new league of coaches every 5 years on average), it does make you wonder why there are never more than a few black HC at any given time.

  48. dietrich43 says: Jan 8, 2016 3:45 PM

    When does the Gloria Steinem Alliance publish their list of recommended female candidates?

  49. a1b24312 says: Jan 8, 2016 4:01 PM

    Juan Castillo?

  50. lx2016 says: Jan 8, 2016 4:33 PM

    dietrich43 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 3:45 PM
    When does the Gloria Steinem Alliance publish their list of recommended female candidates?
    —————————
    For real.
    Also, how about the LGBT Rule?
    Cmon NFL, gotta be fair across the board.

  51. lx2016 says: Jan 8, 2016 5:30 PM

    My briliant Idea!!!! (Would satisfy ALL)

    Rooney Rule-African-American
    Trump Rule- Hispanics
    Isamophobia Rule-Arabs
    The Ginger Rule- Andy Daltons pops
    The Pearl Harbor false flag rule- Japanese.
    The Gulf of Tonkin false flag-Vietnamese.
    And on and on….

  52. lx2016 says: Jan 8, 2016 5:59 PM

    Many African Americans believe this rule is a mockery. But many others don’t. I don’t get why they don’t.
    I don’t understand that the NFL told selves fine, let’s make this rule to quiet down black people from complaining. That’s how i would view it. Its obvious. Its a fact. The NFL makes it seem as if all of thier owners are bigots, forcing them to interview the race they hate the most. That’s exactly how they’re portraying thier own league. I’m Hispanic. If they ever made a rule to force a team to interview a lame duck Hispanic candidate every year, I’d be angry at the league and whatever overly sensitive alliances idea it was to implement such a racist rule. I’d understand if we were back in the Jackie Robinson days. If a coach has the qualities, they’ll be interviewed. Period. NFL, your league is not as racist as you think it is. The league has made many black people wealthy and successful. From coaches, GM’s, referees, staffs in all teams, and the obvious, the black players who make this sport what it is, great and exciting. Get rid of this rule which every year, the majority of the public think is a joke and rightfully so.

  53. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: Jan 8, 2016 8:13 PM

    There should be a Rooney rule for allowing more white players to get drafted. Wait, that will never happen because only the BEST players get drafted. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

  54. southpaw79 says: Jan 8, 2016 11:56 PM

    Someone needs to tell the Niners they do not need to reach for a Rooney Rule interview ( Lynn ) when they intend to interview and probably hire Hue Jackson, or do you have to double up with Fritz Polard to off-set the interview of Chip Kelly?

  55. querbys says: Jan 9, 2016 12:12 AM

    cuda1234 says:
    Jan 8, 2016 9:39 AM
    Fritz Pollard Alliance doesn’t promote diversity; it promotes BLACK coaches. Since it makes its decisions solely on the basis of race, doesn’t that make it a racist group?
    ————————————————————
    What is diversity, idiot? Are they suppose to promote “Whitey”.

    I think you all have that covered.

  56. gokafilm says: Jan 10, 2016 4:16 PM

    As a Hispanic male, I demand the NFL implement the Raphael Rule!!!

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