NFL will have at least eight minority head coaches in 2017

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The NFL, which has long strived for more diversity among its coaching ranks, will have as many minority coaches as it’s ever had in the 2017 season.

With eight minority head coaches — the Chargers’ Anthony Lynn, Denver’s Vance Joseph, Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Detroit’s Jim Caldwell, Cleveland’s Hue Jackson, the Jets’ Todd Bowles and Carolina’s Ron Rivera — the league has the most minority coaches it has had at the start of any season. There were also eight minorities coaching NFL teams in 2011.

The 49ers still have an opening, so it’s possible a ninth minority head coach could be hired. That seems unlikely, however, as the only minorities the 49ers interviewed — Lynn and Joseph — have already been hired elsewhere.

The NFL had six minority head coaches last season.

115 responses to “NFL will have at least eight minority head coaches in 2017

  1. Owners hire coaches based on who they think will get their team to win, not the color of their skin.
    Enough of this nonsense of putting everything under the race microscope.

  2. The number is neither good nor bad. It’s almost 50 years since Martin Luther King died. It’s time to stop caring about what color skin a man has.

  3. Are we going to socially engineer the percentages of players, cheerleaders etc. or just the coaches?

    Evidently the only percentages that count to the NFL are the minority ones.

    Well this year they are finding out that the percentages of people who view their product count also, because they are taking a nose dive.

  4. …of which, as a practical matter, the Rooney Rule played almost no part.

    These men were hired on merit, not because of some artificial job interview mechanism.

  5. That’s getting there. NFL has progressed to the middle of the 20th century. Now they are only 50-60 years behind society as a whole.

  6. Who cares what their skin color they are….their is only one white running back in the NFL in 2017 that’s a small number must mean the NFL is racist or the truth there really isn’t very many good white running backs probably the same for minority coaches BS rule and who cares win games

  7. Freakin awesome. It’s finally working!

    Question is, how will it work out….

    Better coaches = better league, period

  8. Your promoting an issue by calling them minorities. They are on the same level making this whole story unessesary.

    Plenty of other things to write about. Think harder

  9. Leave it to the NFL to drive home the point that it isn’t necessarily the qualifications one has alone that is needed for a HC job.

  10. Remember, folks: “Diversity” = fewer white people. No one is complaining about diversity at cornerback.

  11. Were they best guy for the job and will they win? Those are the most important questions. Who cares as long as they can do the job is the ultimate question. Social engineering should not be part of the reason you hire an nfl coach.

  12. When is the NFL going to force teams to start minority RBs, WRs, etc? I really feel if white, latino and asain RBs, WRs just had the opportunity to show how they could play we’d see more of them in the league.

  13. This is a good thing. However, reducing human beings and groups to their skin color, whether the intent is benign or malicious, makes it virtually impossible to evolve beyond a racial analysis. Put another way, this kind of reductionist approach has the effect, however inadvertently, of prolonging race issues.

    A person’s skin color is (or ought to be) the least interesting fact of his life.

  14. Nothing like keeping the racial divide going by constantly talking about minority hires. Who cares what color they are they’re all men qualified to do a job. Pick the best candidate be it black, white , blue or green. If I was a minority and I knew was getting an interview simply because of some rule the NFL put in place I would be insulted.

  15. Coaches should reflect diversity of players period. I don’t think it needs to be announced though. It is what it is, just keep progressing. And they have to win games because owners are still represented by one race group and firing black coaches because of a losing season will happen much quicker than it would if the coaches are not black.

  16. Wow, 25%. Very happy for these men. However, at 75% I do feel that whites are not represented proportionate to society. Actually either are Asians, Hispanics, Latinos, etc. And we all know about how the NFL feels about Native Americans. I pray for legislation to make things perfectly fair for all men. Oh damn well I guess women have to fit in too somewhere.

  17. Not all about results, look at Jeff Fisher record, Jay Gruden record, and host of other non minortiy coaches with loosing records and still coaching.Rex Ryan 2 different teams with loosing records

  18. VJ gets a HC job after ONE year as a DC overseeing a unit that finished the year ranked #29. If s white candidate had gotten the job over a qualified black candidate with VJ’s credentials then the equity police would be outraged.

  19. Should be 7. Caldwell is a lame duck and brain dead. He has no passion for the game. The players have way more fire than him. He literally has one tone to his tune game 1 to the playoffs game. He never once fought for calls against us. He never fught once for what should have been calls against our team. The refs straight up cheat the Lions bc its so easy for them. I dont understand how someone with Caldwells personality got himself in to a leadership position. HE IS NO LEADER. He’s just a lame brain on the sidelines and he looks lost like a deer in headlights. This a pro sport not father convention or high school character development school, hell, I wouldnt want him for that either. I will sit by and live thru sucky football teams only becaus eof the people in charge of the players. Lions have had some damn good teams in the last ten years any normal coach would be in the playoffs year in and year out, MAYBE even won a game there.

    rant over. I pay money for this crap.

  20. so what?

    Things like this are what actually perpetuate racism. These are men good enough at their jobs to reach the pinnacle of their professional field. Making a point of their ethnic background simply negates all the hard work they have done.

  21. Wow…. It’s a good thing they posted this article because for a minute I stupidly thought that football was about winning games. Glad they could set me straight.

  22. It won’t be ‘fair’ until there are at least 8 coaches that are non-minorities.

    Let’s just hope they got the job because of their accomplishments, otherwise it just sets the individual, as well as the overall product, up for failure.

  23. Does anyone actually believe that these guys wouldn’t be in the positions that they’re in if not for the horribly misguided Rooney Rule, the most ridiculous rule in all of sports?

    Those guys are there on merit, which is how it should be.

  24. Perhaps the owners, while patting themselves on the back for instituting an archaic ‘affirmative action’ rule for head coaching positions, ought to look themselves in the mirror and diversify NFL ownership (since this is obviously such an important issue to them), too. How many minority owners are there in the NFL?

    Obviously, that’s not something that’s going to change any time soon – but hypocrisy sure is a funny thing, ain’t it…

  25. It’s sad that this is a story; no, it’s sad that this has to be a story in today’s America. The only way the color of a person’s skin should need to come into conversation is when giving their physical description.

  26. This is progress but it’s still not enough! We need to see a few women break into the HC ranks along with some Asians. Only then will we reach some diversity levels that the NFL is desperately lacking

  27. It’s sad that this is a story; no, it’s sad that this has to be a story in today’s America. The only way the color of a person’s skin should need to come into conversation is when giving their physical description

    The papers won’t even do that

  28. So, despite the American population being 13% black, minority NFL head coaches are now disproportionately higher than the population at 25%, so why does the story continue?

    Why does everything in our everyday life go to appease 13% of our population? Hispanic people make up 18% of the population and we never hear a peep from them about race and racism.

  29. Who cares. If you’re any good at your job you’ll climb the proverbial ladder. Like any other business, the nfl is results based so these guys got hired because they’re good not because they’re minorities

  30. pat123438 says:
    Jan 14, 2017 10:12 AM
    Perhaps the owners, while patting themselves on the back for instituting an archaic ‘affirmative action’ rule for head coaching positions, ought to look themselves in the mirror and diversify NFL ownership (since this is obviously such an important issue to them), too. How many minority owners are there in the NFL?

    Obviously, that’s not something that’s going to change any time soon – but hypocrisy sure is a funny thing, ain’t it…

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    If blacks want to own an NFL team, let them put together a group with the money and go for it. The other owners care about one thing and one thing only — money. If a group of blacks want to own a team and have the money, it will be done.
    The thing I get tired of is hearing racism in only one direction all the time, as if blacks don’t have racist views, too. When John Thompson was the basketball coach at Georgetown, he came right out and said he would always give a black kid a scholarship over a white kid and no one even blinked. If he ever had a white kid on his team while he was there, I must have missed it. Actually, there might have been one, but you get my point.
    The point is, everything is not about race, as some people continually say.
    I am a Packers fan and when they gave Ray Rhodes, who is black, the head coaching job, I was happy. He had been a very good DC and his lineage as a former player and as an assistant coach made him seem like a worthy candidate. But after just a few games, it was clear that he was in way over his head. He was horrible as a head coach, and I wanted him fired. The Packers fired him after that one season when they finished 8 and 8, the only non-winning season they had from 1992 to 2004.
    They took a lot of heat for firing him from the usual suspects (Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, to name two) but they were 100% right in firing him. His best move on the sidelines during a game was chewing gum and staring like a deer in the headlights.
    If the Packers named a black coach tomorrow, I wouldn’t care, as long as he won — just like any other coach.

  31. Why is that I never hear about the lack of asian or hispanic coaches/players in the NFL? How come in a league and maybe even sport that is probably 50% Black they are still the only minority that counts?

  32. “Wake me up when we have our first extraterrestrial coach.”

    Lolercoaster you win the thread, might as well close comments down for this one.

  33. SouthStander says:
    Jan 14, 2017 9:11 AM
    VJ gets a HC job after ONE year as a DC overseeing a unit that finished the year ranked #29. If s white candidate had gotten the job over a qualified black candidate with VJ’s credentials then the equity police would be outraged

  34. bucnasty says:
    Jan 14, 2017 8:23 AM
    Who cares what their skin color they are….their is only one white running back in the NFL in 2017 that’s a small number must mean the NFL is racist or the truth there really isn’t very many good white running backs probably the same for minority coaches BS rule and who cares win games

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    Bingo…….. Buco. Winner, Winner… Chicken Dinner. Best post I have seen for quite awhile.

  35. bucnasty says:
    Jan 14, 2017 8:23 AM
    Who cares what their skin color they are….their is only one white running back in the NFL in 2017

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    Whoa, back up there, Sparky.

    You might want to do a recount.

  36. irishjugalo says:
    Jan 14, 2017 8:12 AM
    Regardless of the impact, liberals everywhere will now assure you the game is better. Everything is about race.
    ======================================

    Because conservatives are not obsessed with race day and night?
    Let’s be honest…. that is exactly why you posted your comment.

  37. Gotta love when no one is thinking about race and these writers write articles trying to keep it fresh in our minds.

  38. It’s always those in the majority and with the power who say let’s ignore race. Those of us of color still can’t get into certain clubs, still are disproportionatelying stopped by police, are still left out by the old boys club. Without the Rooney Rule we wouldn’t have 8 coaches and that’s still not reflective of the player base.

  39. deuce2222 says:
    Jan 14, 2017 9:29 AM
    When they reach 17 strong, do they become the majority?
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    Yes, and then we can start using the “All in The Family” rule to ensure that White Men get special treatment for once!

  40. valentino8100 says:
    Jan 14, 2017 8:50 AM

    Equality will never exist until we stop caring about color. Knock it off.
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    True, but in 2017, equality no longer seems to be the goal. People don’t want to be equal, they want vengeance, to be right, to win, to be superior. People would rather fight than get along. Always have.

  41. Don’t you love how all the racist know-nothings pipe in with their incoherent blabber. Now, go polish your gun collections and count your bullets one more time to prove to yourselves how tough you are.

  42. luther6 says:
    Jan 14, 2017 8:55 AM

    This is a good thing. However, reducing human beings and groups to their skin color, whether the intent is benign or malicious, makes it virtually impossible to evolve beyond a racial analysis.
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    True, but that’s exactly why it will never go away. They’d never admit it, but most powerful entities in the US don’t WANT it to go away. NOT because they’re racists, but because they benefit from it. The media cultivates all forms of controversy because it drives clicks, interest and profit. It’s why PFT revisits this issue every day and why it always generates tons of comments. The US govt. and the plutocrats that control it don’t want racism to end because a divided populace is easier to control and exploit, and if all the poor people are fighting each other they are too distracted to do focus on the real source of their oppression. Its better to sic the dogs on each other than have them bite us, they say, so thats what they do, and sadly, it seems to work.

  43. Actually, I’d like to watch them count their bullets, to see if they could do it without moving their lips.

  44. Minority coaches will be made the scapegoat for a league that is already going down the tube.

  45. Whenever I want to see stupidity and ignorance at its finest, all I have to do is hit the “Comments” button at PFT. Veiled racism is bad enough, but in this day and age to see blatant racism, it makes me wonder how these people can be taken seriously. It’s 2017, not 1960.

    Add to that the fact that these same people still don’t know the difference between to and too, your and you’re, their, they’re, and there, and worst of all losing and loosing (which isn’t even a word). Good grief.

  46. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Jan 14, 2017 11:35 AM
    Don’t you love how all the racist know-nothings pipe in with their incoherent blabber. Now, go polish your gun collections and count your bullets one more time to prove to yourselves how tough you are.

    __________________________________________

    I’m tougher than you

  47. “will have as many minority coaches as it’s ever had in the 2017 season.”

    I hate to have to mention grammar and composition (again), but the NFL has never yet had a 2017 season.

  48. What does it matter whether you’re Lily White or from the planet Zoltar? If you are the best candidate for the opening, you should get the job.

    Quite try and Socially Engineer the world.

    Best qualified, you have the job, period.

  49. Randall Stephens says:
    Jan 14, 2017 11:05 AM

    More jungle bunnies. Just what the country needs.

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    Wow, I’m surprised that made it past the censors. Let’s see if this does…

    Grow up, you racist pig.

  50. patsfan1960 says:
    Jan 14, 2017 9:48 AM
    And Eight minority firings next year

    19 12
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    Wow, are all Pats fans as racist as you? The minority coaches all get fired next year because their minorities? So Tomlin get fired he hasn’t proven anything? Rivera coaching a team to the Super Bowl, Gone! Do you want to cleanse the league of all the non-whites too?

    What time are you due at your Rally?

  51. lingsun54 says:
    Jan 14, 2017 7:53 AM
    The number is neither good nor bad. It’s almost 50 years since Martin Luther King died. It’s time to stop caring about what color skin a man has.

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    Racism and discrimination didn’t die with him unfortunately.

  52. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jan 14, 2017 12:50 PM
    Randall Stephens says:
    Jan 14, 2017 11:05 AM

    More jungle bunnies. Just what the country needs.
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    Go back to your NASCAR racing or Golf those probably fill you quota of “whites only” participant activities

  53. found it, “loosing” is a word:

    dialect Yorkshire: a celebration of one’s 21st birthday.

    so clearly, gregoryw1965, was talking about minority coaches in england holding some sort of record for celebrating their 21st birthdays.

    meabe its thyme two taek spelhing lesuns ennywhey tho.

  54. NFL owners are a lot like Congress.
    Pass laws that don’t pertain to them. Why doesn’t the “Rooney Rule” come into use when appointing a Commissioner?

  55. packattack1967 says:
    Jan 14, 2017 8:00 AM
    Maybe we can stop looking at people’s skin color once and for all? Liberals?

    —-

    “Liberals” as you put it are the reason why today we can start looking past skin color. Because conservatives and the “Southern Strategy” under Nixon is why they had to. Start looking at history instead of reinterpreting it.

    However I am impressed with the vast majority of posts here. We do need to stop looking at skin color. Hiring minority coaches is no longer a problem, same as hiring minority QBs no longer is. But to disagree with the fact that it used to be is revisionist. Maybe the rule worked? But it is time to just look at who is most qualified, which if we did back then the rule wouldn’t have been necessary. Ask George Allen and the Redskins.

  56. We are all created equally as to being human beings with a right to pursue all. What one achieves or fails is on them and their choices.

  57. The white man is being phased out of pro football, just does not have the physical attributes to compete with the athlete of color for much longer.

    Tennis, Soccer and hockey moms have the right idea, keep hold of the obscure sports for the next hundred years or so.

  58. That’s a lot of mediocre coaches, right there.

    Then again, most of the other coaches are mediocre, too.

    I have the feeling that every coaching hire this go-round is going to end badly.

  59. And once again, a vast majority of fans don’t care one way or another about their coach’s skin color. They care about a good product on the field.

  60. I only had to read one comment to prove beyond all doubt that discrimination, based on race alone, is not only a mitigating factor, it is the primary, fundamental motivator in the vast majority of comments because it is only got worse from there. Argue that fact. Only someone with a deep seeded racial bias would. No one, and I mean no one, who has a pragmatic bone in their body plays “devils advocate” and makes a comment denigrating minorities opportunity to be leaders of their preferred format of entertainment. If you look at it any other way your values are so warped, I’ll say it, you’re irretrievably warped. It’s not a joke that people were owned as property, it’s not a joke that they were killed in front of pleading family members for mercy. It’s racial bias, it’s discriminatory and it is wrong. If you truly believe in meritocracy there is no reason to fret, the best man or woman for the job will eventually attain their position. This petty ignorant disdain is pathetic.

  61. “Social engineering” begins with teaching your own children right from wrong and what is expected of them now and in the future. “Social engineering” is practiced every day by everyone who aspires to have basic human needs, food, shelter, security. “Social engineering” separates us from other species because we have the capacity to “engineer” how we desire our society to function. Every single noteworthy individual who’s done anything to contribute to the advancement of our species was a social engineer.

  62. Today is the day the nation is supposed to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, more than 53 years after his signature speech, people are still judged by the color of their skin, not by the content of their character. What a disgrace.

  63. hollymolley says:
    Jan 14, 2017 7:53 AM

    So what ? How about minority players ?
    ——
    But you had no problem there were no “minority players” in the NFL until when? Understood.

  64. The owners select the players. The call for more White CB’s and RB’s in the league is on the owners. The call for fairness in Black head coaching hires is on the owners.

    But seriously, those of you clamoring for more White RB’s and CB’s on your teams…RUN FASTER!

    It was the great Bear Bryant, in the mid 60’s, who finally surrendered and told the school of Alabama that he had to allow black athletes to play if Alabama was to compete.

    The majority of those posting above are either racist or in denial that racism is still rampant throughout america. And that includes head coaching opportunities in the NFL. Deal with it.

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