Who was the Rooney Rule candidate for the Chiefs G.M. job?

A process about which most had forgotten finally came to an end on Monday, when the Chiefs (as expected from the get-go) named Brett Veach their new General Manager.

With the big-picture question answered, there’s still one nagging issue about a job search that went largely unnoticed and unscrutinized, even though it played out during the slowest time on the calendar for NFL news.

Who did the Chiefs interview to comply with the Rooney Rule?

The team didn’t announce an interview with a minority candidate, and published reports had disclosed only four total interviewees: Veach, Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer, Titans director of player personnel Ryan Cowden, and Chiefs co-director of player personnel Mike Borgonzi.

Team spokesman Ted Crews tells PFT that the Chiefs interviewed two minority candidates. The Chiefs have not yet disclosed the name of either candidate.

ESPN’s Louis Riddick reportedly was a candidate, even if he publicly (and stridently) denied it. Some believe that he did indeed receive an interview, which would have constituted compliance with the Rooney Rule.

At this point no one knows whether Riddick did or didn’t get an interview because the team has neither announced it nor leaked it to the media conglomerate that the Chiefs partially own.

If the Chiefs never announce or leak the name(s), it won’t be the first time that has happened. This year.

The Jaguars hired Tom Coughlin to serve as executive V.P. of football operations at a time when it wasn’t even widely known the Jaguars were looking to fill that job. The team and the league claimed that the organization complied with the Rooney Rule, and that was the end of it.

A lack of transparency doesn’t seem to fit with the spirit of a rule that champions inclusiveness and diversity in a job search and, ultimately, more opportunities for the minority candidates who receive interviews for high-profile, powerful jobs. But if the team and the league are committed to silence, if the candidates are on board with that approach, and if the ever-growing army of reporters working for the media conglomerate partially owned by the team aren’t willing or able to work their network of sources to get to the truth, we all need to get used to a new normal that includes mystery compliance with the Rooney Rule on a routine basis.

19 responses to “Who was the Rooney Rule candidate for the Chiefs G.M. job?

  1. Who cares?

    Go get the best person for the job.

    If they stupidly passed over a better candidate then somebody else will be happy to snap up said better person.

  2. First off, you might not have known, but the people in Jacksonville knew that was a likely scenario. It was well speculated on. My main comment is about the Rooney rule. I don’t understand. We aren’t supposed to see race correct? Than why is there a rule stating a minority must interview? Best man for the job should get the job, regardless of race. It’s a pointless rule. I don’t see a rule stating at least one white person must interview before a decision is made.

  3. No one cares. Did they hire the best person for the job? Did they interview the best people for the job? Or did they waste time interviewing people that might not have been qualified or good enough just to fill a quota? It’s almost insulting to be interviewed or interview someone in this day and age just because some outdated, antiquated rule is still in affect. This business is about money. And I would bet mine that people are going to interview and hire the most competent and successful individuals they can so they can win and make more money. Only color that matters is green.

  4. The Rooney Rule really angers some posters. Wonder why they are so upset about a rule that requires only one interview, with no requirement that anyone be hired? Maybe, just maybe, they are afraid of the possibility that the one interview will result in a minority actually getting the position.

  5. Time to get rid of the Rooney Rule. It was a bad idea that never got better with time.

  6. If Goodell was truly on board with the Rooney rule …there would have been harsher sanctions already. It is somewhat puzzling how a
    commissioner who truly owes a great deal of his job to Dan Rooney,
    has not been more active in his oversight. Roger Goodells career is
    remarkable ….a BA degree from a small college who ends up commissioner of the NFL. That only happens because of owners like
    Rooney. If Roger were to apply for an NFl internship now …he would be a long shot. They only hire Ivy League people now. Goodell should be more appreciate and honor Mr.Rooney with better oversight.

  7. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Jul 10, 2017 8:12 PM
    The Rooney Rule really angers some posters. Wonder why they are so upset about a rule that requires only one interview, with no requirement that anyone be hired? Maybe, just maybe, they are afraid of the possibility that the one interview will result in a minority actually getting the position.
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    Critical thinking still evades many in this day and age.

  8. If they stupidly passed over a better candidate then somebody else will be happy to snap up said better person

    Perfect logic

  9. It is racist . A rule that requires some one interview based on the color of their skin . Everyone needs to learn to be colorblind. Its not black or white or red race it is the HUMAN RACE !!!!!! Go a head florio and delete this post .

  10. Maybe they interviewed Colin Kaepernick for the job? Haven’t seen any more ridiculous posts crying about him being unemployed lately. Sheesh, put a cork in it. People that know more about football than you do have decided they don’t want him on their team. That the QUESTIONABLE talent doesn’t trump the circus side-show he would bring to any team.

    The Rooney rule was a nice idea. Nice to see the NFL participating in EOE plans and affirmative action. But it is such a stupid rule because a lot of minority candidates aren’t really candidates at all and it is just wasting a lot of peoples’ time.

    There have been lots of good African American Head Coaches and I would love to see more. Maybe one will come out of the Ravens coaching staff soon. They actually had Mike Singletary as a LB coach before he got the gig in SF. Marvin Lewis was their DC before he got a head coaching gig with the Bengals.

  11. Maybe, just maybe, they are afraid of the possibility that the one interview will result in a minority actually getting the position.
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    Or maybe we think it’s patronizing and demeaning to be single out not because of the content of your character but by the color of your skin. No NFL owner is going to pass up a good hire based on the ethnicity of the person in question so this rule is just way off target.

  12. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Jul 10, 2017 8:12 PM
    The Rooney Rule really angers some posters. Wonder why they are so upset about a rule that requires only one interview, with no requirement that anyone be hired? Maybe, just maybe, they are afraid of the possibility that the one interview will result in a minority actually getting the position.

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    Lol. The only one that cares if it is a minority or not that gets hired is you. Who’s the racist?

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