It’s unclear whether all teams are complying with enhanced Rooney Rule

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The NFL has indeed expanded the Rooney Rule to apply to coordinator positions. It’s unclear whether teams are complying.

While not a formal requirement, it’s a “recommended best practice” that teams “consider a diverse group of candidates” when hiring a coordinator. The memo to the teams explaining the enhancement requested that the teams “make an effort to interview a diverse slate of candidates before selecting a new coordinator.” It also encouraged teams “to consider identifying diverse candidates for key assistant coach positions, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.”

Whether teams are complying isn’t clear, because not every team is applying transparency to the process of searching for coordinators. Washington, which has been announcing its interviews for the position of defensive coordinator, has interviewed at least one minority candidate. The Browns, who hired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to replace Ray Horton, have not responded to an inquiry from PFT regarding whether one or more minority candidates were considered. (The NFL referred PFT to the Browns on the question of whether the search complied with the “recommended best practice.”)

To their credit, the Browns have made multiple minority hires in recent years, from coach Hue Jackson to executive V.P. of football operations Sashi Brown to former G.M. Ray Farmer to both of the key coordinators hired with Jackson: Pep Hamilton and Ray Horton. But that doesn’t provide the Browns with a license to ignore the Rooney Rule in ant future decisions.

Again, the expansion of the rule to coordinator hires is not a requirement; it’s merely a best practice. If teams aren’t complying, they won’t be punished. It doesn’t mean that the failure to comply should go unmentioned.

26 responses to “It’s unclear whether all teams are complying with enhanced Rooney Rule

  1. I’m sure Hue Jackson and Sashi Brown are mincing racists that only want to hire white people. They better comply with the Rooney Rule.

  2. I would be prepared to bet overall in the game minorities dominate the numbers. When does this stop, when the league becomes 90/100% minority league.

    I dont see any initiative to increase the number of caucasian running backs or defensive backs should we not be doing that as well in the interest of balance and fairness?

    If you are good enough should be the question. Can we please get away from race versus race I am sick of it.

  3. If NFL teams don’t IMMEDIATELY hire minority women with disabilities to be Head Coach and/or OC/DC, ownership should be stripped of their team and jailed for bigotry and civil rights violations. The NFL needs to get its priorities straight: winning is NOT nearly as important as being inoffensive. If even ONE PERSON feels left out, the NFL has failed, and should be destroyed. Amirite?

  4. neilpountney says:
    Jan 10, 2017 11:22 AM
    I would be prepared to bet overall in the game minorities dominate the numbers. When does this stop, when the league becomes 90/100% minority league.

    I dont see any initiative to increase the number of caucasian running backs or defensive backs should we not be doing that as well in the interest of balance and fairness?

    What are you talking about fair? NFL is what about 85% black players but yet MVP race is always a white guy Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Derek Carr(my vote for MVP) Aaron Rodgers . So what are you getting at??

  5. Yeah yeah complain all y’all want, but the most qualified people are NOT always getting the jobs. Furthermore, there are plenty of crappy coaches keeping their jobs when they don’t deserve them (like Jeff Fisher) and they always seem to be white.

    The NFL players are what, at least 65% black? Albeit that there are some coaches that never played professional football, most did. If coaches were actually chosen by who’s the most qualified then a lot more of them would be black and that’s just the math talking.

    Anyone who thinks that having 80%+ of all coaches white means that the most qualified ARE getting the jobs either can’t do math or are at least implicitly racist, and I don’t care who are or what team you cheer for. It’s about the math.

  6. Who cares. Hire who you want because it’s your business and if people don’t like it they don’t have to participate or watch it. Everyone always says all that matters to the owners is money so why would they not hire the guy that will make them the most money. Race race race race race race race. It’s getting real old. Work your ass off and you will be wanted Period

  7. Dr.McStuffins says:
    Jan 10, 2017 11:22 AM
    Diversity brings down America!

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    Diversity can be a good thing – so long as it does not trump merit. Forced Diversity at the expense of quality by making decisions solely based on factors other than merit is what brings down America.

  8. Given it’s not really a rule since it’s not a true requirement why would anybody expect all teams to be in compliance? I don’t even think by definition you can be out of compliance with something that isn’t a requirement.

  9. There are 27 NFL head coaches. Of those 27, 22% are minorities, of those 27 HC’s, 19% are black.
    The current percentage of the US population that is black is 13%. This means that the NFL is exceeding expectations regarding HC opportunities for black HC’s. The Rooney rule has worked for black coaches in the NFL based on the data. However there are 2 areas of GLARING inequality in the NFL:

    There is a dearth of white RBs and CBs in the NFL. There are currently ZERO white CBs in the NFL. There are 3 white RBs out of 249 in the NFL:
    Burkhead *CIN), Lasco (NO), and Reynolds (LA)

    No, Zenner is NOT a RB, he is listed as a FB so that does not count.
    White RBs account for 1.2% of all NFL RBs. Why is that not politically correct?
    0% of NFL CBs are white.

    Yet ALL we hear about is how there aren’t enough black HCs or enough black QBs.

    IMO the Rooney rule does not matter until the NFL mandates “equality” for players as well. Specifically the NFL must mandate that each team must have 1-3 white CBs (true CBs, NOT safeties) and at least 1 white RB (NOT FB or H-back).

  10. when will this stop?

    enough with the forced racism

    owners want money..they do not care what color you are

    it is not 1945

    80% of the league is black and owners would love nothing
    more than to have a black man led young black men, if it meant
    more money for the owner

    enough already

    if you are qualified and good, and win the interview, you will get the
    job

  11. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says:
    Jan 10, 2017 11:33

    What are you talking about fair? NFL is what about 85% black players but yet MVP race is always a white guy Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Derek Carr(my vote for MVP) Aaron Rodgers . So what are you getting at??

    ————————————————————

    What race is Cam Newton? You know, the guy who won MVP last season…

  12. Better take away their franchises if they aren’t following this stupid racist rule.

    If an owner feels a minority coach will truly better their shot at winning then guess what? They’ll hire them since it inevitably means more money they’ll make.

    It is absurd to think owners are apparently against hiring blacks when they continue to hire most black players and pay them millions of dollars.

  13. clashpoint says:

    Yeah yeah complain all y’all want, but the most qualified people are NOT always getting the jobs. Furthermore, there are plenty of crappy coaches keeping their jobs when they don’t deserve them (like Jeff Fisher) and they always seem to be white.
    ————–

    Um, Jeff Fisher was fired after Week 14…

    And he still has a better winning percentage (.512) than Todd Bowles (.486) and Hue Jackson (.281) and on par with Marvin Lewis (.533) who hasn’t won a single playoff game in 14 YEARS. What’s your excuse for those “crappy” coaches keeping their jobs?!?

  14. clashpoint says:

    The NFL players are what, at least 65% black? Albeit that there are some coaches that never played professional football, most did. If coaches were actually chosen by who’s the most qualified then a lot more of them would be black and that’s just the math talking.
    ————–
    Playing and coaching are two completely different skillsets. Just because someone has the physical talents to excel in sports doesn’t mean they can coach or design plays as a OC or DC.

  15. akira1971 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 12:44 PM
    Um, Jeff Fisher was fired after Week 14…

    And he still has a better winning percentage (.512) than Todd Bowles (.486) and Hue Jackson (.281) and on par with Marvin Lewis (.533) who hasn’t won a single playoff game in 14 YEARS. What’s your excuse for those “crappy” coaches keeping their jobs?!?


    Jeff Fisher sucked every year as a Rams coach, still got 5 years, and he’s the biggest loser in NFL history.

    Jackson just finished one year with the Browns with a team that let most of their talent go elsewhere before he even got there. Bowles has had two years and he even managed a winning year his first year. When they reach Fisher status I’m sure you’ll let me know.

    Lewis got his Bengals to the playoffs 5 years in a row, and they’re the BENGALS. You act like they’d do that without him, and you’re crazy. They didn’t make the playoffs for years before him. Hey I think he sucks for being a Bengal, but it’s easy to see why they keep him rather than roll the dice with someone else.

    That blacks make up only 12% of the US population crappy argument is incorrect math, btw. That’s oversimplifying the actual population NFL coaches are drawn from. Most NFL positional coaches actually played the position they coach as players. Coordinator positions are chosen from the population of positional coaches for the most part. NFL head coaches are generally drawn from the population of positional and coordinator coaches.

    Last I saw the NFL player population is over 65% black and you’d know that blacks outnumber everyone else just by watching a few games. Former football players are usually the population who fill the NFL football coaching spots. When NFL coaches are around 65% black THEN the best qualified are actually getting the jobs. That’s the math.

    When you say that despite qualified NFL players being 65% black, qualified NFL coaches should be 80% white, I say you’re not only discriminating by race for the NFL coaching population, you suck at math.

  16. clashpoint says:

    That blacks make up only 12% of the US population crappy argument is incorrect math, btw. That’s oversimplifying the actual population NFL coaches are drawn from. Most NFL positional coaches actually played the position they coach as players. Coordinator positions are chosen from the population of positional coaches for the most part. NFL head coaches are generally drawn from the population of positional and coordinator coaches.
    ——————-

    No, the math is correct – your assumptions are wrong. Football coaches are drawn mostly from a pool of players AT ALL LEVELS of football from high school and up. Players that don’t have talent to go to the next level (college/pros) usually stick around the sport at a teaching level. These coaches learn to be good teachers a lot earlier than a just-retired NFL player trying to get into the business of coaching. As I said, just being a NFL player doesn’t qualify you to coach at that level since it is a completely different skillset. Look at the Patriots – only 1 of 19 coaches has playing experience above college while most are lifers at coaching.

    Second, most NFL players do NOT become positional coaches. As Bill Belichick once explained to one of his older players, he expects his coaches to work 20-hr days, and the newbies only start at $50,000 to $100K/yr. That alone scares off most NFL players used to making millions.

    That’s two strikes against NFL players wanting to be coaches. They have to learn how to coach plus they have to compete against hungrier, younger coaches that haven’t made their millions.

  17. The one thing I’ve noticed is that this year’s token interviewee hasn’t emerged yet. You know, the guy who everyone says is brilliant and would be a great coordinator headcoach and so is interviewed by just about everybody and gets hired by none.

  18. If you want true equality then your choice should be made by resume and blind interviews…..Instituting one form of racism to offset another perceived form of racism is not a solution, it is just racist

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