Bill Belichick has the NFL’s least diverse coaching staff

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick has assembled the least diverse staff of any head coach in the NFL, according to an ESPN study of diversity in NFL coaching.

Belichick’s staff of 14 coaches includes just two minorities, meaning the Patriots have the NFL’s least diverse staff, according to ESPN. Those numbers do not include strength coaches and other non-football personnel.

Only three NFL teams have coaching staffs on which at least half the assistants are minorities, and all three have minority head coaches: Ron Rivera’s Panthers, Todd Bowles’s Jets and Mike Tomlin’s Steelers. The five coaching staffs with the lowest percentage of minority assistants — New England, Jacksonville, San Diego, Dallas and Washington — all have white head coaches.

As one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, Belichick will get the benefit of the doubt in a way other coaches would not: It’s hard to argue, given his success, that Belichick has done anything other than hire the most qualified assistants regardless of skin color.

On the other hand, given that Bill’s son Steve Belichick is the Patriots’ safeties coach and Bill’s other son Brian Belichick is a new Patriots scouting assistant, the Patriots may deserve some criticism for perpetuating the NFL’s old boys network.

271 responses to “Bill Belichick has the NFL’s least diverse coaching staff

  1. mikermiker says:
    Jul 22, 2016 2:47 PM

    No wonder that three letter hate group in white robes rhymes with “Patriot Way”
    ___________
    Seriously? Dude go back to bed

  2. Suppose you need to go in for surgery. Do you want a diverse group slicing you open, or do you want the best?

    I know what I want!

  3. Bill Belichick also loves those small, white receivers. His QB is White too. WAKE UP SHEEPS, THE PATTERN IS CLEAR.

    Seriously though, this is a garbage tier reporting, even for ESPN “Standards”

  4. Uh oh, we have some people undermining their own argument. The Patriots have been the most successful franchise over the past 15 years. If the premise is that more qualified minority coaches are getting passed over, it would imply less qualified white coaches are getting their position. Yet, the most successful franchise is the least diverse.

    Are they now arguing less qualified coaches should be hired JUST BECAUSE they are minorities?

  5. why does everything have to be about race I bet no one was ever thinking about how many white coaches are on the patriots. Racism will never end if race is brought up in every conversion. I’m mixed and look more black then white and I never have dealt with racism other than a joke here and there but u media writers always bring these things up just to put it in people’s heads. Maybe there are just a lot more white coaches that apply for coaching jobs after football. Best man for the job regardless of race that’s how it should be.

  6. Oh brother…you’ve got to be kiddin me? Lets just SLING accusations at the Patriots and hope something sticks?? THIS has gotten COMPLETELY out of hand !

  7. It’s too cold up in our neck of the woods….minority coaches don’t like it!!!
    Boy that should ruffle some feathers lol!!!

    Pats staff is small to begin with & our minority coaches were either pillaged by another team or left for what they perceived as a better position elsewhere

    Just out of curiosity, how many minority OWNERS are there in the league…. Where’s THAT outrage??!!

    Bill hires the best person for the job & color has absolutely NOTHING to do with it….

    Look soon for the League to change the rules again so that it can AGAIN try to cripple the Pats ongoing domination of the rest of the league….. #Racegate coming to you by BSPN!!!

  8. Before you morons scream racism ask Jim Brown about Belichick and what he has done for the black community.

  9. On the other hand, given that Bill’s son Steve Belichick is the Patriots’ safeties coach and Bill’s other son Brian Belichick is a new Patriots scouting assistant, the Patriots may deserve some criticism for perpetuating the NFL’s old boys network.

    —————-

    Accuse him of nepotism for sure, but that isn’t the same thing as perpetuating a racist old boys club.

  10. In a country where African-Americans make up 10% of the population, the team with the lowest percentage of minority coaches is the Patriots with 14.5%. How can anyone still complain that there aren’t enough?

  11. So there’s an issue with Belichik having too many white people on his staff? Who cares about the races of New England’s coaches. Hire the most qualified candidate for the job, regardless of their race.

  12. Oh for the days when an owner of ANY business could hire whoever they wanted without hurting someone’s feelings. Good coaches(and owners) come in all colors. Great coaches choose the BEST available to run their teams.
    Why isn’t there a report about the lack of diversity of players! Oh yeah, that would be racist!!!

  13. Due to their love of white receivers, I’m going to take a guess that the Pats also have the least diverse WR corps in the league

  14. All PFT and the media do is encourage more and more people to vote for Trump by writing this non sense. Grab a tissue, boys, the PC will come to end in November.

  15. Dear God, when will this “bean counting” of minorities stop!?! Just let people hire whoever they think is best and go from there. There are plenty of people willing to hire and give opportunities to minorities. If someone doesn’t and they pass on the great talent, then they will fall behind. If they thrive, then they made the right call.

    Those who try hardest to promote diversity do the most harm. If Jim Tomsula were black and fired after 1 year, it would have been “racist”. People don’t want to deal with it. It’s easier to fire a white coach than a black one because of all the false “racist backlash” they will face so I wouldn’t be surprised if owners just shy away from it and hire the white guy because they can move on easier if it’s not working out.

    Let people hire/fire who they want. They are the ones that will reap the benefits or consequences of their decisions. In the meantime, your just adding fuel to an already out of control fire in our society today.

  16. Why is there a problem with Belichick hiring his sons? Maybe there’s a benefit to having a good relationship with assistant coaches. Most places in the world, a relationship makes it far easier to get a job. If I were a coach, I’d rather hire someone I know and that I can work well with–a known quantity.

  17. Folks, don’t let the media make you feel bad for being white! Remember, you did not choose the race you were born with. This PC culture is dividing, not uniting.

  18. I’m just curious, why does the whole “diversity” thing come up only when there are too many “white” people? What about the NBA being over 70% black players? How many White CB’s or RB’s are there in the NFL? There have been multiple teams in the NBA that had only black players, where was the diversity then? Why should experience and knowledge be put aside for color? I am a minority, I am Hispanic, but if I was told I am getting a job not because I am the best candidate but because of my place in this country, I would decline it on the spot. I would be very disappointed if the Patriots made coaching changes because of this “study” so they can stay out of the public eye or to keep the media breathing down their back about it….as I’m sure Espn will now do. I am in no way a Patriot’s fan, but this “study” is ridiculous and annoying.

  19. let’s not do this – this is a bad road.

    And, oh, btw-re “On the other hand, given that Bill’s son Steve Belichick is the Patriots’ safeties coach and Bill’s other son Brian Belichick is a new Patriots scouting assistant, the Patriots may deserve some criticism for perpetuating the NFL’s old boys network.”

    that would be “nepotism”, not the “old boy network” (especially considering his sons are much younger than him)

  20. Demographically speaking the US consists of:

    64% white (non-Hispanic)
    12% African American (non-Hispanic)
    16% Hispanic
    5% Asian
    3% other

    If a standard NFL coaching staff has 14 coaches, like the patriots (according to the story) then it should consist of:

    9 white
    2 African American
    2 hispanic
    1 Asian

    Or in News speak 5 minority coaches.

    The teams with EITHER more OR less than 36% minority coaches are not representing the US racial composition, I.e. The panthers (having 56% minority representation) is more or less as far from true representation, as the Patriots ( having 14% minority representation).

  21. patriot fans sure are a cute little bunch. Nobody said anything about sanctions or “gates” or racism, just did a report on the status of minorities in coaching positions, and the wagons sure did come circling.

    LOL

  22. It’s hard to argue, given his success, that Belichick has done anything other than hire the most qualified assistants regardless of skin color.

    Funny. He very rarely hires anyone legit from the outside. Promote from within or look to places like the the South Dakota school of mining and technology. Other Pats fans raving about the staff is just as funny. It’s Bill and a bunch of interns outside of Scar . Patricia is starting to resemble a decent DC, McDaniels I still have very little confidence in when he doesnt have all the pieces.

    “great staff” lol…Who exactly? Why do they all suck when they leave here?

    It was very good early 2000’s with Weis,Crennel even Ratgini was a really good position coach. Done nothing but go downhill since. It is 95% BB on both sides of the ball

  23. There goes the media again… stirring the pot. I’m pretty sure Bill wants the best person for the job and doubt skin color plays any part of it. Keep this race baiting crap out here. Worse is interviewing a minority just so you fill a quota knowing darn well you’re not going to hire him or her. That is more insulting.

  24. I’m slowly starting to like the Pats more than I have just for the simple fact that PFT and ESPN write garbage about them every day. The Pats have been the best team for like the past 15 years. As a Niners fan, I’m totally jealous of their winning ways. They have the least diverse coaching staff, but have been the most productive over the last 15 years. Yeah, I’ll take the superbowl rings and winning culture over people pouting because they have more white guys on their staff. Get over it, media.

  25. myhawks1976 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 3:15 PM
    patriot fans sure are a cute little bunch. Nobody said anything about sanctions or “gates” or racism, just did a report on the status of minorities in coaching positions, and the wagons sure did come circling.

    LOL
    —————-
    Know how to spot a Hawks “fan”? They all put “1976” in their name to make it seem like they’ve been fans since they got into the league. Lol, facepalm.

  26. Who cares? He has the winningest tenure in the NFL. Are you implying that he should have different coaches simply based on the color of their skin? I thought this was supposed to be a results-based business not to mention a meritocracy.

  27. How dare he hire the people HE wants and clearly it isn’t working out for him.

    Better he follows some idiotic affirmative action garbage to satisfy the race baiting, PC loving media and perhaps has a worse coaching staff because of it.

    I live for the day when a coaching staff is all black and nobody in the media will be bringing it up, proving yet again the incredible double standard that exists.

    It is time people put the white guilt to rest. Nobody alive today took part in pre 20th century slavery so let’s quit trying to make up for stuff nobody alive today was part of.

  28. myhawks1976 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 3:15 PM
    patriot fans sure are a cute little bunch. Nobody said anything about sanctions or “gates” or racism, just did a report on the status of minorities in coaching positions, and the wagons sure did come circling.

    LOL
    ——————-
    Still salty about your team losing to the Pats, and calling the DUMBEST play in all of sports, huh? Precious little “12’s”. After this year, you all will jump ship and become Steelers, Dolphins, Raiders, or whatever fans you were before the 2012 season.

  29. Wasn’t Belichick that guy in “Die Hard with a Vengeance” that carried a sandwich board in Harlem?

  30. This is the Massachusetts way. Scream about diversity and elect officials who value it over merit, yet turn a completely blind eye when there is none in their favorite organization.

    How can one region be so politically wrong? Now, run to your safe space and watch Jon Stewart tell you what you want to hear.

  31. “t’s hard to argue, given his success, that Belichick has done anything other than hire the most qualified assistants regardless of skin color.”

    You guys get the Donald Trump journalism award for this one.

  32. When it comes to measuring the diversity of an organization I don’t think it’s appropriate to look at a moment in time. At the moment it may be true, but It would be interesting to see the overall hiring history.

    Belichick has always had key people on his staff that have been black as far as I can remember, starting with Romeo Crennel and Pepper Johnson who won 3 Super Bowls with him.

  33. I don’t like The Patriots but,

    So fricken what that they are the least diverse?

    Belichick hires the guys that he has the most confidence in.

    So what?

    Do you want them to sign more white guys to balance out the diversity imbalance on the roster?

    Much ado……

  34. Troy Brown has made it clear Belichick has offered him the job of receivers coach multiple times and he has always turned him down.

    Why? Troy has also said on air on Comcast that he doesn’t want to put in the hours it takes to be a Patriots coach for the 70 or 80k a year the job pays and that he’s perfectly happy in his cushy tv analyst job.

    Its clear that Belichick doesn’t care what skin color you have, he just puts the best available candidate in the available job.

  35. I can guarentee you that not a single member of the Patriots organization is aware of this or cares about it at all.

    The rest of the league can fight to have the “Most Diverse Staff” trophy, while over here in New England we’ll just keep focusing on one thing and one thing only…winning championships.

  36. usa98j30t4 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 2:46 PM
    Oh boy. Here we go……….

    ——————————————-

    Took the words right out of my mouth.

    Not saying BB is a beacon of racial progress but let’s not forget that he brought Romeo Crennel to Foxboro in ’01 and had Pepper Johnson running various parts of the defense for years. My guess is he approaches coaching hires the same way he approaches players – doesn’t matter your race, creed, age, pedigree, or alma mater – the only thing that does matter is are you better suited to do the job at hand than anyone else available (at a comparable price).

  37. ” It’s hard to argue, given his success, that Belichick has done anything other than hire the most qualified assistants regardless of skin color.”

    I thought that hiring the most qualified assistants was the entire point of building a quality football team that consistently competes for the league championship.

    I guess someone forgot to tell Bill Belichick that he’s supposed to be concerned about diversity first. Perhaps the league should start awarding the Super Bowl trophy based on a combination of wins and diversity. If not, then this entire conversation is pointless.

  38. Rodger knows what to do –
    dock them a 1st round pick

    each year they are all white they lose another 1st round pick.

    They will learn

  39. I wonder what the front offices of ESPN look like? I hate the patriots more than anything but this is garbage.

  40. If Belichick hired his sons to do a job within the organization it’s because they earned it. Just can’t see Belichick tossing a carrot like that, even to a family member!

    Both have worked for the Patriots for quite some time, and I’m sure they started as “go fors” before getting their recent jobs. And if I remember correctly an article posted on PFT about Steven Belichick being named Safeties Coach was published in May of this year, I think. It described how he came up, and was a coaches assistant, etc.

  41. It doesn’t matter, he could have a bunch of muppets in there and he’d beat my team every time. I love him so much.

  42. If they cared to dig a little deeper they would find out that there are no former pro players on the staff either. That is the real weird stat.

    There are former college players, but they are from small schools that no one has heard of.

    BTW Patrick Graham recently left the Pats to go to the Giants and Pepper Johnson left for the Bills

  43. Here’s something to think about : WHY would any team base hiring coaching or staffing vacancies based solely on one’s skin color rather than one’s own abilities?
    It just doesn’t make ANY sense…
    You take the following steps:
    A) Hire the BEST coaching staff regardless of skin color
    B) Draft/Sign the BEST players regardless of skin color
    C) Don’t worry what the so called “experts” say about it

  44. “No wonder that three letter hate group in white robes rhymes with “Patriot Way””

    Geeze the xray of this guy’s head would how nothing but vacuum.

  45. Whats the point of the Rooney rule? If you are good at your job and you can deliver .. then thats why I am going to hire you. Not because you are a certain race or designation.

    Best man = Job.

  46. It’s a big piece by ESPN standards. Sando pumped out 3,000 words about minority hiring in the NFL.

    Bill Belichick is mentioned once when he was listed with the coaches with highest winning percentages of all time.

  47. I’m willing to bet the Panthers, Jets and Steelers coaching staffs have more than the average amount of gay, lesbian and transgender people too. Right?

    RIGHT?

  48. It’s easy to say he hires the best because they’ve been winning. Every organization has succession plans for when key individuals leave. My question for Bill is does he have minorities in his pipeline?

  49. Bill Belichick has the NFL’s least diverse coaching staff
    ===========================
    Seems to be working out just fine for him/Pats

  50. “Looking for a reason to pull the race card. This is why racism will never die.”

    The dirty little secret is that’s exactly what white liberals want. Gotta keep that African-American vote. Unfortunately, it’s working.

  51. The least racially diverse sure. The coaching staff is probably very diverse in personality types, coaching backgrounds, philosophies, etc. Only a racist spends time checking the color of coaches. Bill is so competitive that he’s going to do whatever he thinks will get him the W’s. Had his focus been racial diversity, he would have hired some token minorities. Unfortunately, he was too busy trying to win championships to worry about what some racist outsiders might think.

  52. Let’s take the writer of this article for example. Did Florio hire Michael David Smith because of the color of his skin? Nope, they hired him because they thought he was the best candidate for the job. This sums up the business world in a nutshell ladies and gentlemen. Nothing to see here. moving along.

  53. What I hate about these things is that they preclude any kind of logical or deep thinking. In other words, “racism” is often the laziest conclusion. Unfortunately, it’s the default go-to and many folks won’t listen to any other possibilities.

    There are hundreds of reasons, when combined, that often lead to racial/gender/age disparities. If we’re willing to analyze situations with logic and without the knee-jerk emotional reaction of “racism”, maybe we can find solutions that work.

  54. “It’s easy to say he hires the best because they’ve been winning. Every organization has succession plans for when key individuals leave. My question for Bill is does he have minorities in his pipeline?”

    For those that don’t see color, it’s not an issue. It’s only an issue for those that do. Should white people demand more NBA players or more running backs/wide receivers or do they want to see the best?

  55. Why are some of you assuming that hiring minorities means not hiring the best or most qualified? The point of the article is that some white head coaches are not dedicated to finding qualified minorities. The article is not implying to hire less qualified people. The problem is that qualified minorities are not getting opportunities.

    That’s the point of the affirmative action and the Rooney rule: if you don’t stress to hiring managers to consider minorities they just won’t do it equitably. They will be lazy. There are plenty of minorities who are qualified if not more so. The rules are trying to get hiring managers out of their comfort zone and consider other people.

  56. The Patriots also only have 14 coaches on staff (lowest in the league) the Jets have 22. That’s over 50% more staff. This study isn’t a study it’s a joke.

  57. The Patriots coaching staff is actually quite diverse. They have Italians, Irish, German, Polish, Hispanic, English and Africans on the staff. Pretty diverse to me.

  58. Wow ESPN has breaking news that paints the Pats and BB in a bad light.
    If you look deeper into the coaches formerly employed by the Pats you would see more men of color. It’s not their fault that due to the success of the Pats teams have been known to covet the staff members.
    By the way if EPSN ever said something good about them, or him that would be newsworthy.

  59. pawpwr says:
    Jul 22, 2016 3:56 PM
    “It’s easy to say he hires the best because they’ve been winning. Every organization has succession plans for when key individuals leave. My question for Bill is does he have minorities in his pipeline?”

    For those that don’t see color, it’s not an issue. It’s only an issue for those that do. Should white people demand more NBA players or more running backs/wide receivers or do they want to see the best?
    —————————————————————–
    The part that you are missing is that we know it’s a lie when we see white people dominating positions. It’s not a lie when we see more minority NBA players or running backs/WR’s. But it’s a lie when we see mostly white coaches because we KNOW that there are qualified minorities.

  60. I do love when PFT creates headline like this just to get Pats Nation all fired up. Hilarious. Belichick also loves him some white players too. Can we get a head count?

  61. ESPN tweets 11 of 12 Patriot coaches are undersized white dudes. Look for the correction around 2 a.m. about a year from now.

  62. ESPN needs to do some investigative journalism into the discrimination white players face in college from scout, rivals, their own ESPN college recruiting football rankings and the practices of all FBS schools. There is plenty of blatant anti-white discrimination in the recruiting process and stories of white players not being recruited and totally ignored because they are the wrong color for certain positions. ESPN won’t do it because they are afraid to uncover the truth.

  63. Belichick couldn’t care less if you were plaid if you’re able to improve the team.

    Try another tree. Sheesh … at a time when race relations have been set back 50 years you manufacture this?

    Done.

  64. Liberals looking at skin pigment rather than character or competency. Who gives a rats behind what coaches look like if they win?

  65. He must be doing something right and I can’t stand the Patriots but this is kind of just unnecessary to point out. The best candidates should be hired regardless of race period

  66. Do we keep track of minority head coaches and the diversity of their staffs? Maybe just maybe the Pats are hiring the best candidates for their jobs on his staff..they win..and this is coming from a Jet fan who hates the Pats. Now please keep social engineering out of the NFL.

  67. Anyone whose ever lived any amount of time near NE knows why the Pat’s have few minority’s in coaching positions, AND a predominantly white receiving corp. It’s NE. For a person of color being in Boston can be a worse experience than they’d experience in the south.

    And stop acting as if racism doesn’t exist in the country. Always has, and always will. Proof that racism is alive and well is the US corporate world. That includes the NFL. This smoke and mirror, “best man available” is a racist tactic created by the Reagan administration, when Reagan began his attack on affirmative action in the early 80’s. “Best man available” is another of those phrases with the wink and nod that says, we don’t really won’t to give “them” opportunities to excel too.

    Who cares what NE does. Low life cheating organization anyway. Enjoy the 4 game smear to your professional record TB. You earned it.

  68. If skin color has no impact on your ability to do your job, then why is having diversity of it relevant?

    When we talk about diversity as a concept, why don’t we talk about diversity of thought, philosophy, football intelligence, communication skills and teaching ability. Those are more relevant to running a successful football program than having the socially acceptable variety of melanin content in your employees’ skin.

    The fact that diversity seems to be synonymous with “diversity of skin colour” is the reason nobody takes it (or media that talks about it) seriously.

  69. Quit forcing us to hire minorities when even when they are not as qualified as their competition just to fill a quota. Quit forcing us to be ok with men wearing lipstick and dresses to enter a ladies restroom. Quit destroying this once great nation with political correctness. Enough already.

  70. I could care less if they were pink with purple poke-a-dots…. All I care about is if they are good at what they do…. Based on the Patfiots tract record I’d say Bill is doing a fine job whith whom he’s chosen to employ at critical positions thruout his staff & tenure…..

    I think I’ll just choose to celebrate THAT as opposed to what race creed or color they are

    Could care less if YOU have an issue with that or not
    & we’re on to Arizona ladies!!!

  71. The whole Pats are cheaters is laughable – Brady is the GOAT – deal with it and worry about how your team can improve instead of the cheating excuse

  72. bullcharger says:
    Jul 22, 2016 3:05 PM
    “On the other hand, given that Bill’s son Steve Belichick is the Patriots’ safeties coach and Bill’s other son Brian Belichick is a new Patriots scouting assistant, the Patriots may deserve some criticism for perpetuating the NFL’s old boys network.”
    —————-
    Accuse him of nepotism for sure, but that isn’t the same thing as perpetuating a racist old boys club.
    ————————–
    Agree with you bullcharger, but it’s only really nepotism if those guys wouldn’t be able to compete for jobs with other teams and we all know most teams would jump at the chance in the hope of inducting a little of that BB magic into their teams, because both these boys got interested in coaching by the time they entered college. Put it another way, accusing BB of playing family favorites is not much different from saying Peyton and Eli Manning only got into the NFL as QBs because their dad pulled in favors.

  73. But I did see Belichick choose vanilla ice-cream once, without even looking at the other varieties!

  74. “Talk to me when he only hires assistant coaches from or only drafts players from all-white colleges. Oh wait…”

    You mean like Red Auerbach drafting every player from BYU in his later years?

  75. “Diversity in all its forms is core to our value system. …laws to the contrary go against our fundamental belief of quality and inclusion for all individuals.”

    Turner Network in its supportive response to the NBA’s removing the NBA star game from Charlotte after passing anti LGBT legislation.

    The more diverse the team the better the team. Same goes for the coaching staff. It’s called evolution. Get used to it, as it’s only a matter of time before Hispanics becoming the voting majority.

  76. So he’s supposed to, what, not hire his sons? If they don’t do the job, you can be sure they won’t stick around. That’s the only requirement, and therefore, no, neither he nor the patriots deserve criticism.

  77. Bill, as a Black Patriot I just wanna reassure you.

    You are forgiven.
    Shout out to New Bedford MA!

  78. skawh says:
    Jul 22, 2016 4:27 PM

    Anyone whose ever lived any amount of time near NE knows why the Pat’s have few minority’s in coaching positions, AND a predominantly white receiving corp. It’s NE. For a person of color being in Boston can be a worse experience than they’d experience in the south.
    ————

    but the Patriots don’t play in Boston and their offices are not in Boston.

    living near NE and experiencing the varied cultures within this diverse region are two different things.

  79. “Are they now arguing less qualified coaches should be hired JUST BECAUSE they are minorities?”

    It’s called the Rooney Rule which is probably the most racist rule ever established in the NFL. NO coach should be hired simply because his skin is a certain color.

  80. skinsdiehard says:
    Jul 22, 2016 4:04 PM
    pawpwr says:
    Jul 22, 2016 3:56 PM
    “It’s easy to say he hires the best because they’ve been winning. Every organization has succession plans for when key individuals leave. My question for Bill is does he have minorities in his pipeline?”

    For those that don’t see color, it’s not an issue. It’s only an issue for those that do. Should white people demand more NBA players or more running backs/wide receivers or do they want to see the best?
    —————————————————————–
    The part that you are missing is that we know it’s a lie when we see white people dominating positions. It’s not a lie when we see more minority NBA players or running backs/WR’s. But it’s a lie when we see mostly white coaches because we KNOW that there are qualified minorities.
    —————————————————————–

    That is the most nonsensical all over the place thing I have read in recent memory. Do even YOU know what you were TRYING to say here?

  81. Its hard to know how history will view this tremendous period of success that the Patriots have enjoyed. The scandals will remain controversial. In my opinion, Belichick would have had an unremarkable career and probably gotten into far more trouble for cheating if not for Tom Brady. On the other hand, Brady would have thrived in any system and elevated the performance of the players and coaching staff around him.

  82. Offensive line also. Now you see one secret to his SUCCESS.
    Might want to also cue up 1970s Dolphins teams in these regards.

  83. If you look at Belichick’s policy of interracial roommate pairings, is close relationship with Jim Brown and other prominent members of the black community, you see how silly this article is. At other times, he has had more people of color in coaching positions. Pepper Johnson, Patrick Graham and Romeo CrenallI just a few examples.
    The haters have formed this negative image of the hoodie, because he doesn’t make nice with reporters. Talk to his players, he’s owner, his assistant coaches and you find a guy who knows how to treat people. He has high expectations, and treat people with respect. That’s with the guys who have played for him and work with him have to say. Even a challenging personality such as Randy Moss, always speaks highly of this coach.

  84. Everybody that fell for this and got their back up is an idiot. ESPN just used your own racismphobia to take you for a ride. They even suggested that black coaches were inferior but it went over a lot of heads here.

  85. This is not about race, it’s nepotism. Hire your kids, 2nd hand family, friends, kids of friends, friends of friends… Etc. That is the way of the world. As far as the minority coaches, the reason they have so many more minority’s working for them, is probably because they do the same thing. They are all doing the same thing, race never enters the equation. As far as hiring the best candidate, what a joke, that never ever, ever will happen, and that is anywhere, because of….. Yes let’s all shout it out… NEPOTISM with a dash of cronyism. Also, all coaches of every race do the same thing. There, back to the real world. Now, get off the race kick. One more small point….Just because a person is a great player does not mean they can coach. So team player racial breakdown may not match coaching racial breakdown. The biggest reason though is the first point, nepotism and cronyism. Class is out

  86. This just in!

    All 3 Patriot minority season ticket holders just relinquished their tickets!

    How will we make up the money?

  87. usa98j30t4 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 2:46 PM
    Oh boy. Here we go……….
    —————————
    Seriously!

    Look, I detest the Patriots as much as the next guy, come on…

  88. ESPN has become the MSNBC social justice warriors of sports.

    Hopefully Fox Sports will continue to grow and out pace them.

  89. skinsdiehard says:
    Jul 22, 2016 4:04 PM

    The part that you are missing is that we know it’s a lie when we see white people dominating positions. It’s not a lie when we see more minority NBA players or running backs/WR’s. But it’s a lie when we see mostly white coaches because we KNOW that there are qualified minorities.

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    KNOW that how? Do you realized that you just argued that there are not? Take that chip off your shoulder and replace it with some brains before ESPN punks you again.

  90. Really? How about y’all do a study on why the NFL has so few white WRs, RBs and Cornerbacks? Then for fun have your basketball site demand the NBA explain why there are so few white professional basketball starters? Lets just blow the roof off the whole discrimination thing and get down to some real truths!!! SMH

  91. Hey BB, another Bill known as one of the NFL’s great innovators recognized the value of diversity on his coaching staff, and he purposefully worked to support young minority coaches so they could grow into coordinators, and later possible head coaches.

    Does the name Bill Walsh ring a bell?

  92. skawh says:
    Jul 22, 2016 4:27 PM
    Anyone whose ever lived any amount of time near NE knows why the Pat’s have few minority’s in coaching positions, AND a predominantly white receiving corp. It’s NE. For a person of color being in Boston can be a worse experience than they’d experience in the south.

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    Anyone that has lived any amount of time in New England knows that the Patriots aren’t from Boston. They also know how far Foxboro is from Boston. They also know cities closer to where the Patriots are based such as Brockton, Foxboro, Fall River, New Bedford, Attleboro, Providence (RI). They would also know the racial makeup of those towns all closer to where the Patriots are than Boston. Actually they would know the racial make up if Boston too (all over the place). And wait a minute, now that your point has evaporated I can’t remember mine anymore either.

  93. The Pats also has the most white players on the team.
    Jason Whitlock did a story a few years ago on that. Teams with more white players have a better record. Don’t shoot the messenger.

  94. patriots123456 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 5:47 PM
    This just in!

    All 3 Patriot minority season ticket holders just relinquished their tickets!

    How will we make up the money?

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    Actually there are a great deal of minority ticket holders if you count ALL minorities. And they are not turning in their tickets. They are right about now pissing themselves laughing at this article.

  95. Don’t blame the Patriots for America’s race problems. NFL football has hired more blacks in leadership positions than any other industry I can think of. Sure, there are serious issues in America, but the NFL has done more than anyone else to help. The NFL could have 32 black head coaches tomorrow and that wouldn’t change anything for the other 99.99%. People like to point things out to make themselves feel good, but the NFL isn’t the bad guy. Every coach who’s coach in New England while Tom Brady has been the QB has been a great coach. Most that have left Brady have fallen on their face. Belichick could hire an all black staff and nothing would change until Brady retires. Charlie Weis (white) and Romeo Crennel (black) are two perfect examples of how smart they were with Brady, and how dumb they were without Brady. When Brady is operating on defenses, it doesn’t matter who the yoyo in the press box is or what color he is.

  96. skawh says:
    Jul 22, 2016 6:02 PM

    Hey BB, another Bill known as one of the NFL’s great innovators recognized the value of diversity on his coaching staff, and he purposefully worked to support young minority coaches so they could grow into coordinators, and later possible head coaches.

    Does the name Bill Walsh ring a bell?
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    Does the name Romeo Crennel ring a bell? Please remind me of the name of Bill Walsh’s black coordinator.

  97. This stat should also apply to his actual team of players. New England ALWAYS has the largest contingent of white players in the NFL
    Doubt me? Go look up team photos for the last fifteen years and see for yourself. It’s right there in black and white (pun intended).
    I’ve always noticed this.

  98. kcchefs58 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 2:46 PM

    A cheat AND a racist. Class act organization my rear.

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    Throwing a race card when it is not applicable just so you can broadcast personal jealousy about the success of another team is classless.
    And mentioning “cheat” is the equivalent of screaming “I was duped !!!”

  99. xinellum says:
    Jul 22, 2016 3:55 PM

    You mean he is a racist on top of being a cheater. no one is surprised.

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    Your comment says much more about you than it does about anyone else.

  100. Utter drivel. If there was a LGBT, African-American, Mexican-American, Asian-American or whatever-American who was the best qualified for an assistant coach on the Patriots staff, Belichick would hire that person in a heartbeat. Being the most successful franchise in the history of the NFL breeds an awful lot of haters: the Patriots dominance now transcends two generations.

  101. (Disclaimer: I am not a Pats fan)………Why must a coaching staff be diverse anyway. Why can’t the Pats hire who they feel is the best qualified? Is the NBA a diverse sport? Is the NHL a diverse sport? Shouldn’t we hire the best regardless of skin color? 76% of NBA is black. 61.2% of MLB is white. 65% of NFL is black. 98% of the NHL is white. Why do we have to force diversity on the coaching staff of the Patriots? Affirmative action hires are evil. The liberals of the SCOTUS do not seem to think so. The corrupt ESPN is just stoking the race fires.

  102. skawh says:
    Jul 22, 2016 6:02 PM

    Hey BB, another Bill known as one of the NFL’s great innovators recognized the value of diversity on his coaching staff, and he purposefully worked to support young minority coaches so they could grow into coordinators, and later possible head coaches.

    Does the name Bill Walsh ring a bell?
    ************************
    Does the name Romeo Crennel ring a bell? Please remind me of the name of Bill Walsh’s black coordinator.
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    Wasn’t Art Shell the NFL’s first ever black head coach in 1989? Think about that – 1989.

    Walsh had Denny Green and Ray Rhodes on his assistant coaching staff, both of whom later became head coaches in the league. And that’s the point, you can’t be considered as a head coach if you aren’t given an opportunity as an assistant, much less a DC or OC.

  103. Isn’t Bob Kraft a minority? Or are we only supposed to worry about certain minorities? (The rules on racism are wicked confusing)

    Belichick himself is Croatian. Are they not a minority? (Outside of Croatia of course)

    Brady is white as hell so there you go you can make a stink about that if it makes you feel better. But he did marry a Brazilian.

    Gronk is Polish.

    Gosh when you start writing out this stuff you can see how stupid it gets when you get all hung up on race.

  104. Maybe that’s why he’s a winner. It’s about picking the best, not the mediocre just for diversity’s sake….if anything, it’s racist to hire minorities just because of their ethnic origin. You pick the best guy for the job, period; and if that’s a white guy or Asian guy then whatever it is what it is

  105. ….As one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, Belichick will get the benefit of the doubt in a way other coaches would not: It’s hard to argue, given his success, that Belichick has done anything other than hire the most qualified assistants regardless of skin color….
    ……………………………………………………………………………
    this was all that needed to be said. period.
    ….but …..this being a summer weekend before training camp , it’s to be expected that this storyline would pop up.

    don’t know how to respond, if he had a losing record he wouldn’t get a pass ?
    if it was another coach with a winning record , would he get a pass ?

  106. Dablitz says “Are they now arguing less qualified coaches should be hired JUST BECAUSE they are minorities?”

    YES, that IS what they are saying. The same goes for police, fire, college applicants etc etc etc. Not sure why blacks get all the attention. What about Asians? Native Americans, Latinos etc etc

    When my kid was in high school the teacher put them all in groups. THe groups were all equally divided to keep them as diverse as humanly possible. The kids hated it. They also did not all become great friends who explored each others cultures etc. When lunch rolled around and they were free to hang w/who they wanted, the whites hung w/whites, blacks w/blacks etc. Forced diversification is a failure. You can’t force people to like each other

  107. Why don’t you publish a breakdown of ESPN employees by race.

    I’m sure the posters here could have some fun with that.

  108. I’m a black man and I like truth and excellence. Diversity means nothing unless the best man does indeed have the job. If that man happens to be black, great! I that man happens to be white, great! So long as excellence is served. Can I get an, AMEN?!

  109. I think Belichick deserves a four game suspension and loss of a second round draft pick for this outrage.

  110. RussianBreadMaker says:
    Jul 22, 2016 4:35 PM
    Listening to Bill’s son (a position coach) give an interview was cringe worthy. That kid has no business taking that job away from someone truly deserving.
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    How often do you EVER hear an interview with a positional coach? Rarely if ever. HC or coordinators only.

  111. Back when Larry Bird was playing for the Celtics people used to make ridiculous claims about the Celtics diversity too. Two facts that were never considered by making those making the false claims:

    1. Celtics were the 1st NBA team to draft an African American player when they selected Chuck Cooper in the second round. In 1966,

    2. Bill Russell became the first African American coach in North American professional sports when he took over the reins from Red Auerbach.

  112. “the best man for the job” is a long time red herring to actively discriminate based upon race. Good grief, it’s not as if the country hasn’t had a 400 year history of racial discrimination already. Spare me Obama being elected largely by a white majority. And how did that work out?…from day one in office cut off at the knees with one racial maneuver after another, starting with the tea party.

    The article points to a lack of progress in today’s NFL as a whole, in team management and black coaching. Owner’s ultimately hire who they choose. And those coaching and management hires are mainly white. But owners are smart enough to understand that if they want to win they can’t apply their same bias towards the players they select for their team. Although, I question how successful BB would have been without a once in a generation QB. Clearly both BB and TB have benefitted from their joint collaboration. One could make the case that given their collective strength’s, they’ve actually underachieved. I mean, for 10 years, and before a Seattle Seahawks meltdown of a play call, where was the team with the GOAT and BB?

  113. factpurveyor says:
    Jul 22, 2016 8:02 PM
    Back when Larry Bird was playing for the Celtics people used to make ridiculous claims about the Celtics diversity too. Two facts that were never considered by making those making the false claims:

    1. Celtics were the 1st NBA team to draft an African American player when they selected Chuck Cooper in the second round. In 1966,

    2. Bill Russell became the first African American coach in North American professional sports when he took over the reins from Red Auerbach.
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    Celtics drafted Cooper as the first black player in 1950, yes – Nearly 4 years AFTER Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in MLB. Somebody had to be first. Definitely not proof of a Celtics stance for racial diversity, especially in 1950, for some team was going to add the first black player to pro basketball.

    It would have been news if Russell wasn’t the first NBA black coach, especially after what Russell had done for the Celtics…AND during the racially divisive times of 1966, where the country was not only divided over race, but war, and change in general. Think about that…the Voting Rights act wasn’t signed until 1964, just 2 years before Russell became head coach.

  114. Dumb issue. Political correctness strikes again. All the whiners should take a look at Obama’s cabinet.

  115. Depending on which recent year you pick, the NBA is between 74% and 83% African-American.

    No one complains about the lack of diversity there.

    When you remove the international players, the number of white American players is at 9.9% (That’s a 2012 figure that I would imagine is similar today. )

    Again, no one complains about that lack of diversity, especially ESPN. So, why is ESPN picking on the NFL and Bill?

  116. Don’t any of you realize ESPN is engaging in racism? “Look at this. By far the most successful coaching staff has the fewest minorities.” This is the network that gave us Stephen A. Smith making African-Americans look like clowns.

  117. ” It’s hard to argue, given his success, that Belichick has done anything other than hire the most qualified assistants regardless of skin color.”

    No kidding….ESPN just managed to counter their racism article with the most glaring truth, that ‘some’ teams hire the best at what they do.

    BTW – ESPN, as far as I know, the objective of any team is to win the SB. To do that, you need the best. Whether it be player or coaches, you need the best (period). Suggesting my Pats are racist because they win so much is like saying the NFL should change the objective of the game (winning), and just play for fun.
    Have at it. Personally, I enjoy watching my Pats destroy other teams…call me a racist. I don’t care.

  118. juice997 says:
    Jul 22, 2016 7:23 PM
    I’m a black man and I like truth and excellence. Diversity means nothing unless the best man does indeed have the job. If that man happens to be black, great! I that man happens to be white, great! So long as excellence is served. Can I get an, AMEN?!

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    AMEN!!

  119. It’s called nepotism. … hiring your family members when there is no way they have the qualifications of a hundred other available coaches.

  120. Uh oh, I see the Pats ending up in Crooked Hillary’s speech next week! DOJ is coming for you coach Bill. Better start deleting those emails about how you”only prefer to hire coaches of a certain color”!

  121. irongoats says:
    Jul 22, 2016 8:52 PM
    1) What’s ESPN and 2) how did they come up with this study?

    bwaahaaaaa

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    These are easy questions to answer,,

    1) ESPN is a sports network that will say whatever the NFL wants in exchange for the NFL giving them things to say.

    2) This study was done by a group of people getting in a room to discuss the troubling situation that with deflategate dying out they had no new ways of tapping into the clickbait market of Patriots haters. The Patriots have left so many butthurt losers in their wake for so many years that this is a significant market not to be overlooked. So they started spitballing ideas on a whiteboard until someone finally suggested that all the racial unrest in the country presented a wonderful opportunity to write race baiting stories directed at the Patriots. They knew if they just tossed it out there that the haters, even the ones that knew it was stupid bs, would do their work for them from there. They also knew that the racists that run around calling everyone else racists to cover up the fact that they are racists would give a heavy assist. And they knew from deflate gate that something did not have to make sense (it could even be blatantly obviously false), it only had to be anti Patriots and the haters would lap it up and run with it.

  122. *shrug*

    Pepper Johnson was linebacker and defensive line coach for 13 years.

    Romeo Crennel was heading up the defense during the Super Bowl runs.

    I doubt Bill sees skin color.

  123. When it supposedly becomes a “problem” to just hire the best people a born leader sees as most qualified, even after his decisions are proven right by constant and unequaled success, all is lost. For God’s sake, just let it go already.

    And I am not a Pats fan.

  124. The interesting thing about Belichicks staff is he builds bottom up.

    Former Coordinators
    Charlie Weis – Started as Giants Offensive Coaching Assistant under Parcells
    Bill O’Brien – Started as Patriots Offensive Coaching Assistant under Belichick
    Romeo Crennel – Started as Giants Coaching Assistant under Parcells
    Eric Mangini – Started as Cleveland Browns Ballboy under Belichick
    Dean Pees – Started as Patriots Linebackers coach under Belichick. Pees had coached with Steve Belichick at Navy. Also coached under Nick Saban in College.

    Current Staff
    Josh McDaniels – Offensive Coordinator – Started as Patriots Personnel Assistant under Belichick
    Matt Patricia – Defensive Coordinator – Started as Patriots Offensive Coaching Assistant under Belichick
    Dante Scarnechia – Offensive Line Coach – Inherited – Started as Patriots Special Teams/Tight Ends Coach under Ron Meyer after working for Meyer as Offensive Line Coach at SMU.
    Joe Judge Special Teams Coach – Started as Patriots Special Teams Assistant under Belichick
    Josh Boyers – Cornerbacks Coach – Started as Patriots Defensive Coaching Assistant under Belichick
    Ivan Fears – Running Backs Coach – Started as Patriots Coaching Assistant under Dick MacPhearson after coaching wide receivers for MacPherson at Syracuse
    Brian Flores – Linebackers Coach – Started as Patriots Scouting Assistant under Belichick
    Chad O’Shea – Wide Receivers Coach – Started as Chiefs Volunteer assistant. Was assistant coach for several teams over 6 years before becoming Patriots Wide Receiver Coach
    Brian Daboll – Tight Ends Coach – Started as Patriots Defensive Coaching Assistant under Belichick.
    Brendan Daly – Defensive Line Coach – Started as Patriots Defensive Coaching Assistant under Belichick after being Defensive Line Coach for the St. Louis Rams.
    Steve Belichick – Safeties Coach – Started as Patriots Coaching Assistant

    So as you can see, he rarely hires established coaches. Only one current coach was a coach somewhere else before joining the pats as an assistant.

  125. This is not news. In fact, it is a somewhat offensive attempt at fanning the flames of racial division. Shameful. The NFL is not a social experiment, it is a results oriented business…or else. I’m far from a patriots fan, but they undoubtedly have one of the best coaching staffs year in and year out in the league. These attempts to inflame hatred among fans is pathetic yellow journalism at best.

  126. Didn’t Romeo Crennel earn his bones on BB’s staff? Does anyone really think that BB would exclude a more-qualified minority? What is ESPN’s “Investigative Team”?
    There are plenty of reasons to hate the Patriots. This isn’t one of them.
    – a Steelers fan

  127. I guess this is just ‘another reason’ to hate the Patriots, as if diversity even means anything at all. Everybody is a human being. If you’re even in the NFL, chances are you know what you’re doing either way.

  128. this is a direct quote of jim brown from a 2002 interview. espn stinks. trying to further racism. this speaks volumes about the question of race and why blm is hypocrisy.

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    Brown: I don’t compare myself with anyone. Let me tell you about someone I do admire. Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots has contributed more to the work I surround myself with than any black athlete in modern times – financially, intellectually, every way. He’s been in the prisons with me. He’s met gang members in my home; he’s met gang members in Cleveland [where Belichick coached the Browns form 1991 to ’95]. He’s put up money. He’s opened up areas of education for us very quietly and very strongly. Imagine what would happen if Michael Jordan did the same thing.

  129. Never crossed my mind until the left brought it up.
    So if you are black you are more suited for the job? Let me tell you an old school story.Back in the day there was a Foundry,you know what a Foundry is right?! Anyway there was a particular black man who got fired by a white boss. He cried discrimination.He said,”you fired me because I am black”. The Forman said:”No,I hired you because you are black”. “I fired you,because you are useless”.

  130. I’m not a Pats fan, but WHO CARES!! The demographics of the US are still 65% white… Let people hire whoever they want… Based on skill, not some quota… Rooney Rule is a joke!

  131. youdrivemenutseagles says:
    Jul 22, 2016 5:25 PM
    I think their receiving corps is the “least diverse” too, or will be this year if that dude from Buffalo (Hagan?) makes it.
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    Most NFL receivers are black. that makes The Patriots receiving corps the most diverse. It works both ways.

  132. OMG! I can not believe PFT is going there. No one I know even considered to analyze the race of NE’s coaches. No one I know thinks that way. But PFT certainly does.

  133. I wonder when someone is gong to start pointing out that the NFL and NBA discriminate against white males….I mean there are ally more African Americans o. Every team so it must be discrimInation. I would love to see how BLM would react if teams were forced to have an equal number of opportunities for whites as African Americans

  134. skawh says:
    Jul 22, 2016 8:49 PM

    Back when Larry Bird was playing for the Celtics people used to make ridiculous claims about the Celtics diversity too. Two facts that were never considered by making those making the false claims:

    **********************************

    I am not saying we have a problem here with BB but let’s face facts Boston Sports are riddled with racism. Bill Russell’s house was broken into twice and spray painted with ethnic slurs while he was a player. The Red Sox were the last team to add a black player after MLB forced them to. I could go on for hours.

  135. Some of the best assistant coaches Belichick has ever had were/are black:
    – Romeo Crennel (3 Super Bowls with RC as defensive coordinator)
    – Ivan Fears (now starting his 15th season as Belichick’s RB coach)
    – Pepper Johnson (Got his start coaching in the league on Belichick’s Patriots. Stuck with him for 13 years, moving up to DL & LB coach)
    – Brian Flores (Got his start in the NFL as a scouting assistant. Promoted up the ranks until becoming the safeties coach).

    I absolutely do not get this article.

  136. Maybe, just maybe, minority coaches that have applied for these positions are not as good as the Caucasian applicants… Just like we assume the African American players that are kept in the teams are better players than the Caucasian players they didn’t keep

  137. Why do we go looking to make stories out of nothing to promote hatred and division? How about reporters start reporting on actual stories instead of creating drama and controversy that’s just gonna feed an already growing fire. “Bill belicheck meticulously interviewed and hired one of the most successful coaching staffs in NFL history. These coaches are all American.” Thats what we all are. And I am not a patriots fan.

  138. Celtics drafted Cooper as the first black player in 1950, yes – Nearly 4 years AFTER Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in MLB. Somebody had to be first. Definitely not proof of a Celtics stance for racial diversity, especially in 1950, for some team was going to add the first black player to pro basketball.

    It would have been news if Russell wasn’t the first NBA black coach, especially after what Russell had done for the Celtics…AND during the racially divisive times of 1966, where the country was not only divided over race, but war, and change in general. Think about that…the Voting Rights act wasn’t signed until 1964, just 2 years before Russell became head coach.
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    @skawh Civil Rights Act was 1964. Voting Rights Act was 1965.

  139. Not to mention they won their most recent super bowl by beating the NFL’s top rated defense with a MOSTLY WHITE OFFENSE.

    There were plays where they had 9 WHITE GUYS on the field at once! What the hell?

    No team has ever beaten the #1 defensive team in the super bowl, and they do it with WHITE GUYS!?

    What a bunch of fantastically coached, intelligent athletes.

    I’ll tell ya, someone ought to be ashamed of themselves. (the writer of this story)

  140. Awe, another Cry-a-thon for the Trolls in the Loser’s Circle!

    Whaaaaa!

    We can’t compete with the Patriots, so let’s cling to whatever excuse we can to deflect attention away from our under performing teams…

    Puffs of Air
    Warm Gatorade
    Skin Color

    What a bunch of Crybabies!

  141. skawh says:
    Jul 22, 2016 8:49 PM

    Somebody had to be first. Definitely not proof of a Celtics stance for racial diversity, especially in 1950, for some team was going to add the first black player to pro basketball.

    It would have been news if Russell wasn’t the first NBA black coach, especially after what Russell had done for the Celtics…
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    I didn’t claim that the Celtics were taking a stance on racial diversity. That would suggest that the Celtics were making staff decisions in order to make social commentary. I just provided facts that clearly counter any opinions claiming that the Celtics practiced more racial discrimination than all the other NBA teams. The facts show that the opposite is true.

    The Celtics were the 1st team to draft a black player. That means that they did it before every other team.

    Plus the Celtics were not just the 1st NBA team to hire a black coach. The Celtics were the 1st professional sports team in any sport in all of North America to hire a black coach. Further evidence that the Celtics were a team that wanted the best player of coach that was available and race was not a consideration.

    The 17 championship banners on display in the Boston Garden are further evidence of the team’s commitment to consider talent above everything else. Every other NBA team has won less than 17 championships so it is evident that the Celtics were the best NBA team since 1957 at hiring based on available talent and without consideration of race.

  142. This story HAS to be a LEAGUE driven AGENDA…..
    Roger & 345 Park Ave seem to need to keep the SHEEPLE brainwashed in a negative light toward the Patriots so when they frame them AGAIN for some other bogus reason to STEAL MORE DRAFT PICKS to help the other organizations that make up the League be more competative & create better parody, everyone will be on board with it & support the WITCH HUNT that takes place as they did with FRAMEGATE……
    Success breeds contempt & Rogers EGO can now go unchecked with absolutely nothing to stop him based on the results of the courts ruling on the CBA

    It almost seems to me that Roger is STILL going after the Patriots because Brady gave the NFLPA permission to continue to fight his power at the SCOUS level even though Brady has now bowed out in the best interest of the TEAMS future….

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely…..& I see Roger as a most VINDICTIVE type personality out there….NOT GOOD PEOPLE… NOT GOOD!!!!!
    WAKE UP!!!!

  143. So the take away is this white coaches hire white and the minority coach hire minority. This league is rampant with racism. Shut the league down now!!!!

    Just side note, a few years ago at one time, the Pats who were one of the best Offensive in football had all white player. YES all white players. The RB, WR to whole line and no one made the point that maybe white players can play RB and WR. Funny surprised the media didn’t pick up on that. They do such a good job at rooting out racism where it exists.

  144. It’s hard to argue ANY head coach did anything other than hire the best available coaches. You realize you’re impliedly accusing a lot of teams’ head coaches of being racist, right?

  145. skawh says:
    Jul 22, 2016 4:27 PM

    Anyone whose ever lived any amount of time near NE knows why the Pat’s have few minority’s in coaching positions, AND a predominantly white receiving corp. It’s NE. For a person of color being in Boston can be a worse experience than they’d experience in the south.

    And stop acting as if racism doesn’t exist in the country. Always has, and always will. Proof that racism is alive and well is the US corporate world. That includes the NFL. This smoke and mirror, “best man available” is a racist tactic created by the Reagan administration, when Reagan began his attack on affirmative action in the early 80’s. “Best man available” is another of those phrases with the wink and nod that says, we don’t really won’t to give “them” opportunities to excel too.

    Who cares what NE does. Low life cheating organization anyway. Enjoy the 4 game smear to your professional record TB. You earned it.
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    You’re not only a sore loser, but YOU are a RACIST as well.

  146. Boston Ma. all white, and racist, who woulda known. LOL.
    Celtics had the whitest team in the league for years.
    Coincidence……..

  147. Maybe that is why the Patriots are so successful. They hire the best for the job regardless of skin color. I work for the Government and they fill racial quotas when hiring managers, they call it a diversity plan. We all know what a mess government is and I see it first hand everyday. Not a Patriots fan at all but I applaud them for hiring the best instead of bowing to all the PC BS that has infected are culture in today’s time.

  148. Love it…. Only in America is now being considered a racism crime to be white…. Too funny

  149. Probably the main reason he wins so much…along with all the cheating.

    I don’t think he is racist though Boston is inherently racist unless you have a uniform on and are playing well on the field. David Ortiz, Paul Pierce, etc would all be lynched in Boston if they weren’t athletes playing on Boston teams

  150. Brady is such an aristocrat. He is white, rich, married to the most famous supermodel of all time. His close friends live in the Hamptons and he definitely looks down his nose at people like you and I. He tolerates people of race only if they block for him otherwise they are to be shunned. He has learned well from his manbro Trump and if Tammy doesn’t like you, you are gone baby gone. Tammy runs personnel with the Pats and just about everything else.

  151. bostonpatriots1stfan says:
    Jul 23, 2016 9:40 AM
    skawh says:
    Jul 22, 2016 4:27 PM

    Anyone whose ever lived any amount of time near NE knows why the Pat’s have few minority’s in coaching positions, AND a predominantly white receiving corp.

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    You’re saying it’s “racist” to have white WR’s?!? What sort of warped, twisted logic is that?

    Of all the nonsense thrown at the Patriots, that may be the most dumbest accusation I’ve ever heard.

  152. This would only maybe be a story if the franchise was historically unsuccessful. The fact they are the most successful makes the Rooney rule seem less of a good idea if anything.

    Regardless, why does everything always have to be about race. This constant needless discussion is getting people killed at this point. Let it go.

  153. tralfaz1127 says:
    Jul 23, 2016 9:40 AM

    Boston Ma. all white, and racist, who woulda known. LOL.
    Celtics had the whitest team in the league for years.
    Coincidence……..
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    That posting is evidence that some individuals are still committed to perpetuating the false narrative about Boston.

    Back when Larry Bird was playing for the Celtics people started making those ridiculous claims about the Celtics. Then some chose to broaden the lie by claiming that the whole city was racist. Two facts that were never considered by making those making the false claims:

    1. Celtics were the 1st NBA team to draft an African American player when they selected Chuck Cooper in the second round. In 1966. The Celtics were the 1st team to draft a black player. That means that they did it before every other team.

    2. Bill Russell became the first African American coach in North American professional sports when he took over the reins from Red Auerbach. That means that the Celtics were not just the 1st NBA team to hire a black coach. The Celtics were the 1st professional sports team in any sport in all of North America to hire a black coach.

    Those facts clearly counter any opinions claiming that the Celtics practiced more racial discrimination than all the other NBA teams. Clearly the facts show that the opposite is true. Those facts should demonstrate that the Celtics were a team that wanted the best player or coach that was available and race was not a consideration.

    The 17 championship banners on display in the Boston Garden are further evidence of the team’s commitment to consider talent above everything else. Every other NBA team has won less than 17 championships so it is evident that the Celtics were the best NBA team since 1957 at hiring based on available talent and without consideration of race.

  154. Please haters please keep hating the Patriots! We Pats fans want our team all to ourselves! I wouldn’t feel comfortable if my team was all of a sudden universally loved by all! It wouldn’t feel as special to me. Oh and badbabyjane you could not be more wrong about Brady and how the Pats organization is run! You have to be a devote fan to know anything at all about Brady or about how the organization is run!

  155. So what? If BB and his staff do all that winning, who cares?

    And I seem to remember back in the 70s another great team was criticized for having so few black players in the day when another powerhouse, the Steelers, had so many (Rooney came up with the Rooney Rule for reason)–and the team I refer to was the early 70s Dolphins! You know, as in undefeated?

  156. tralfaz1127 says:
    Jul 23, 2016 9:40 AM
    Boston Ma. all white, and racist, who woulda known. LOL.
    Celtics had the whitest team in the league for years.
    Coincidence……..

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    Wasn’t that team winning a bunch of championships?
    Coincidence………

  157. “Boston Ma. all white, and racist, who woulda known.”

    There it is, the most ignorant thing I’ll read all day. Guess you’ve never been to Boston there are many black, asian and hispanic people living there and have for many years. It has long been a polyglot city and nowhere near “all white”.

    But hey, don’t let actual facts get in the way of making astronomically stupid comments.

    Double facepalm

  158. Bill B & anything Patriots related brings out the cellar dwellers, especially if promoted by BSPN & its AGENDA to further smear the Patriots organization….
    Ever since Brady called BSPN the TMZ of sports entertainment the network has gone out of its way to slander & promote negative League rhetoric to all the SHEEPLE that just can’t think for themselves….

    I just LOVE how anything Patriots related OWNES so many of the feeble minded out there…. It so hilarious it hurts!!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  159. So a few years ago when there were plenty of minorities on the staff, it was fine. Find a year when the minority ratio is lower, and OMG the sky is falling.

    Nothing to see here. Just happened to work out that way this year.

  160. It should be obvious to everyone: Belichick’s focus is exactly where it needs to be — on building and coaching the best team. He’s certainly not one to sacrifice quality in the name of political correctness. He’s purely motivated by winning with the best available. Should it be any other way?

  161. Good grief. Who cares. Overall the staff/s hes assembled have worked out pretty well for them so its hard to claim they should have hired x for diversities sake over y. I think subtly trying to play the race card like this is lame.

  162. Get off the lame diversity crappie. He’s the best by trying to hire the best. Stop judging people by the color of their skin. This is the least racist country in the world by any objective analysis.

  163. This is dumb. Last time I checked, Romeo Crennel is still a person of color, so lets not try to make it seem like Belechick has some hidden agenda to not let minorities within his coaching staff.

  164. there is so much to dislike about this thread.
    1) In any year, there is always one team at #1 and one team #32 in this ranking. Of course, it is not highlighted until the Pats hit that position.
    2) Pats had high placed persons of color on their staff (Crennel for one) who did so well with the Pats that he was poached by another team.
    3) I don’t see anyone complaining about Shanahan bring his son up through the coaching ranks. If he wants to tutor his kids and they are decent coaches, I think that he has earned the right.
    4) Pats fans who claim that he is only hiring “the best”, well, that is just racist, and I am a Pats fan.
    5) Yes, they should diversify.

  165. “The Patriots may deserve some criticism for perpetuating the NFL’s old boys network.”

    Every year a contest is held to determine 1)the year’s most ignorant story and 2) the year’s most ignorant statement, and this article is a top notch entry in EACH category.

  166. 4) Pats fans who claim that he is only hiring “the best”, well, that is just racist, and I am a Pats fan.
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    What? “the best” doesn’t refer to color at all, therefore by definition it cannot be racist.

  167. Don’t worry Pats fans, us Redskins fans go through the same liberal jellyfish crusades as well. Despite 91% of Native Americans saying they weren’t offended by the name, the agenda continues. Welcome to 2016 liberalism.

  168. Just to caveat about I said about Troy Brown above, yes, the Northeast is the most racist, bigoted location in the United States……and I admit my Patriots cheat, but these articles are getting redundant, seriously.

  169. “Seriously though, this is a garbage tier reporting, even for ESPN “Standards”

    ESPN has standards? But they employ Cris Carter and What’s his name Berman.

  170. Wow listening to racist talk about racism is just about one of the most entertaining and sickening things that I can do with my time.

    Entertaining because it’s just stupid and you sound like a moron and I’m laughing at you. Sickening because I realize there’s enough of you in this country to actually possibly put a man like Donald Trump in charge of the free world.

    P.S. not a liberal so don’t bother with your standard line. I don’t really like Hillary either but Donald is out of the question. Downright dangerous

  171. Since the Patriots are one of the best and most successful teams year in and year out, doesn’t this mean that diversity for the sake of diversity is not a good thing?

  172. When I think about the Patriots and their simply unprecedented run since 2000, at the top of that list is the media, led by “The World Wide Leader of Sports” doing everything they can to discredit and whip up public hate against them led by agenda-laden individuals overflowing with jealousy of their success.

    It’s just that simple…

  173. This is pathetic!
    Gotta create hate to create interest?
    Its so obvious to anyone with brain cells he is no racist.
    If you are a person who is still capable of being the definition of objective,then you will see things clearly.If not you just wanna hate em,and nothing noone says will ever change your mind,and thats SAD!

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