Report: Washington satisfies Rooney Rule with Rod Graves interview

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With the imminent hiring of Scot McCloughan as general manager, the Washington Redskins needed to make sure they satisfied the Rooney Rule before setting the deal in stone.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Washington interviewed former Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves to meet that requirement.

Graves had served as general manager of the Arizona Cardinals since 1997 before being fired after the 2012 season. Graves spent the last two seasons as senior director of football administration for the New York Jets and is currently serving as interim general manager following the firing of John Idzik.

The interview with Graves is purely a formality. McCloughan appears to be their guy, though the deal isn’t done yet.

22 responses to “Report: Washington satisfies Rooney Rule with Rod Graves interview

  1. The same Rod Graves that interviewed via telephone with Jerry Jones to fulfill the Rooney Rule. Rooney Rule is a joke. Rod Graves shouldn’t be allowed near an NFL building. Mike Bidwell, Steve Keim, and Bruce Arians are just now finally restoring all the sh!t Graves/older Bidwell left behind.

  2. Bahahahahah!!! Graves….the dude who drafted Levi Brown over Peterson…and traded Suggs for Bryant Johnson and Pace…

    yea that guy

    that rule has got to go

  3. Sad that people have to pretend to be interested in someone because of their race. Our entire society is permeated with phony efforts to try to appease the gods of political correctness.

  4. The Rooney rule is now being exposed for the embarrassment it is. Rod Graves didn’t do anything to deserve such a slight, and only white people would be oblivious to how in being this PC it’s actually much worse. The lawyer in me would like to see how many hires have actually occurred as a direct result of the Rooney Rule. The Quarterback in me understands that, perhaps coincidentally, the best coaches I ever had were African-American, hands down. It is truly at its core, a way for rich white people to cope with their White Guilt. It’s shameful really, any man with any pride can see that. I loved playing for black coaches, just from my personal experience it felt like they cared more about the game rather than looking like a coach. That helped me relax in a profound way, and inspired me. This rule takes advantage and spits on that trait and people who support it are too blinded by their insecurities to realize the damage it causes.

  5. When does the pandering to minorities stop? When are we going to see a rule that at least one NON-MINORITY candidate be interviewed? If billionaire owners don’t want to hire a minority, no dim-witted rule is going to force them to do so…and it shouldn’t be able to.

  6. I don’t know what to think of the Rooney Rule.., can’t decide if I would be offended if an NFL pretty much joy their man locked up but but needs to go through the process just to satisfy the rule.. If all I am is a formality then don’t bother calling me because I ain’t coming…
    In the back of my mind I am thinking ,” Is he interviewing me because they really want to see if I have the chop to make the cut or am I here only to satisfy the
    Rooney Clause.”
    The latter is an absolute insult to my intellect and I would be greatly offended by their offer.

  7. what a bogus rule that in most cases just wastes the time of the minority that is only interviewed to satisfy the rule.

  8. The Rooney rule is absolute garbage. Te players in the nfl a lot of them making more than coaches are 75-80% black. Then there should be mandatory white guy workouts for all positions. GARBAGE

  9. The Rooney Rule is ridiculous, racist, and offensive, not to mention totally unnecessary. No coaching staff or front office cares what a candidate’s skin color is. They want winners. You can be that blue chick character from X-Men for all they care.

  10. I’ll try again. The Rooney Rule doesn’t go far enough. Minority players make up about 75% of the league. Minorities make up 14.06% of GM and head coaching positions. Is everyone who opposes the Rooney Rule using the same brain or the same internet connection?

  11. mancave001, I wish that were true. I really do. It SHOULD be riduculous that we need a rule in place – one that is mostly made a mockery of – that says for every opening at least 1 minority canidate must be interviewed. However, until the Rooney Rule was enacted teams just bypassed the mockery and hired whom they wanted, which they do now anyway but they include the sham-interview.

    As a minority, a Black guy, I have seen discrimination at my job and everyone swears that it doesn’t happen. You have people training people who will become their supervisors, nepotism, on and on. We, as minorities, just want our chance to get our Mike Tomlin on. To come out of relative obsurity with talent and ability that is there and win the job against huge odds when other were expected to have the job sewn up. If not for the sham-pckery interviews the Rooney Rule would be doing what it needed, but the shamockery thing is a joke.

  12. Love all the white commenters who have decided that the league does not need the Rooney rule. Meantime, minority coaching and GM candidates continue to support the rule because it gives them experience at interviewing, and gets them into the “network” of owners and GM’s for future hires. And sometimes, as with Mike Tomlin, someone is interviewed as a formality and ends up getting the job. As a white guy, I say let’s leave it to the minority applicants to decide when it is time to get rid of the rule.

  13. Would Todd Bowles be a hot HC candidate this off season if he had not gone on a couple of “phony” interviews in past years? The answer is NO. Ask Tony Dungy who was a successful coordinator year after year and never got a sniff of a head coaching job before the Rooney Rule.

  14. I understand why we have the Rooney Rule. I agree with equal opportunity but I don’t agree with this rule though. I believe that the best qualified person should get the job. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic…it doesn’t matter. The most qualified should be hired. However, to have a candidate that is head and shoulders above the competition, but you have to interview someone else BASED on their race that you have no intention of hiring? That seems like racism. Looking for the most convenient minority to get past this ludicrous rule. Hypothetically, Mike Tomlin walks away from the Steelers. Later on, someone wants to hire him…will they have to interview a white coordinator to fulfill the same rule?

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