NFL makes changes to Rooney Rule

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The Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority before hiring a new head coach or general manager, has been weakened in recent years by teams following the letter of the rule but ignoring its spirit. Those teams included the Browns in their hiring of G.M. John Dorsey, and the Raiders in their hiring of coach Jon Gruden.

Now the NFL is taking some steps that it hopes will strengthen the Rooney Rule.

At today’s league meeting, the NFL confirmed that the Rooney Rule has been updated to require teams to go outside their own organizations to interview a minority candidate, or to interview a candidate who is on the league’s career development advisory panel list.

That doesn’t solve the fundamental problem that Gruden’s hiring illustrated: Sometimes an owner makes up his mind about who to hire as his next coach or G.M., and his mind isn’t going to change. In those cases, an owner is still going to interview a minority candidate he’s not planning to hire. And if minority candidates take offense at that, or decline such interviews, it’s hard to blame them.

49 responses to “NFL makes changes to Rooney Rule

  1. Never decline an interview, even if you don’t want the job or know you won’t get it. The interview process itself is a great experience and will help with the one later for the job you do want or can get. In context of the NFL, you also get media exposure as a head coach candidate, so other teams may look your way in the future.

  2. An owner has a right to hire whoever they want. We want our society to not care about the color of someone’s skin but we never stop talking about it.

  3. The Browns already interviewed Condoleeza Rice for head coach. She’s outside of the organization. They complied.

    Change the letter to match the spirit and people will find a way to comply to the new letter.

  4. If I know who I want to hire, why make me interview more candidates?
    Example: Belechik becomes available at a time I’m looking to hire a coach. I’ve known him for years and worked with him in the past. He has also made it known that he has interest in coaching my team.
    Why should I be made to interview other candidates?
    The rule makes no sense.

  5. As a black man, I feel like the Rooney Rule is a joke.. In my opinion, teams should interview at least 2 minority candidates.. I don’t expect things to be given to us, but interviewing more than 1 at least shows that the NFL cares about diversity.. If they don’t hire a minority FINE, but at least obligate teams to interview a minimum of 2..

  6. Social engineering at work! To stay consistent with this force feeding, minorities should be penalized for turning down an offer to interview.

  7. The Steelers followed the letter of the franchise tag, but completely abused the spirit of it with what they did to Leveon…

    And if not for the Rooney Rule, the Steelers prolly would’ve found a better coach than Tomlin and would’ve won another Superbowl by now…

  8. One change I’d like to see for the hiring process: I wish the NFL would not allow teams to interview coaching candidates until after the Super Bowl. It’s a distraction for teams that are still playing to have their guys out doing interviews with other teams for a new job, but if they don’t take the interviews the coaches from teams that are already eliminated have a head start on the positions.

  9. Let them hire whoever they want. This rule just reinforces the “token minority” mindset if a guy is already favored. “I want to hire X, but we have to follow the rules so bring in Y just so we can say we did what we’re supposed to.” Has anyone doing the hiring for these teams changed their mind based on a Rooney interview?

  10. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    December 12, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    The Steelers followed the letter of the franchise tag, but completely abused the spirit of it with what they did to Leveon…

    And if not for the Rooney Rule, the Steelers prolly would’ve found a better coach than Tomlin and would’ve won another Superbowl by now…

    _______________________________________________________________

    Would the Colts have won more SuperBowls if they had a different coach other than Tony Dungy?

  11. “That doesn’t solve the fundamental problem that Gruden’s hiring illustrated: Sometimes an owner makes up his mind about who to hire as his next coach or G.M., and his mind isn’t going to change”.

    Wake up: THAT ISN’T A “PROBLEM”. If a franchise has one person (of any skin color) as the apple of its eye, it can and should sign said coach. The idea of the Rooney Rule was to encourage teams to widen its search when it is NOT yet set on whom to hire, and it almost immediately paid off for the Steelers themselves with Mike Tomlin.

  12. Here’s the thing…..

    If Tony Dungy stated on TV this Sunday he wants to go back into Coaching? Monday morning his phone would be ringing off the hook from teams.

    If Steelers fans got their way and Mike Tomlin gets fired? He will be on the open market for all of 20 minutes before a team faces him a blockbuster contract, no interview needed.

    Likewise if Marvin Lewis leaves the Bengals within a season or two teams will start calling him to lure him back into the NFL to start coaching.

    Not to mention the Broncos, Cardinals, Chargers, Bengals, Steelers, Jets ect all have African-American coaches.

    That tells me that 1: The Rooney Rule worked and was a success this 2: it is time to retire the Rooney Rule. The days of cigar chomping good ol boys running the NFL are over and good HC’s, regardless of race now have opportunities available to them.

  13. Affirmative action is pathetic and racist in and of itself. Hire the best person for the job regardless of race, sex, creed etc. Stay woke, go broke.

  14. There’s got to be a way for the NFL to make $$ off this…maybe they could set up a draft-type scenario…Once every 4 years, all the teams have to give up their coaches and the teams will draft from a list of candidates…they could televise the coaches combine that identifies their assistant coaches and staff, their past performance would be scrutinized and then the draft. Whoever you draft, you’re stuck with for 4 years until the next draft. Each team will also have draw – like a lottery – that decides who must draft a minority coach.

  15. If a team already knows who they want (regardless of race, sex, creed), why waste someones time with a bogus interview?

  16. Good God, can this stupid rule just go away? Black coaches needed help getting interviews like 20 years ago. It’s just plain silly to keep this crutch in place today. That’s what it is. It’s insulting to most black coaches that aren’t in true consideration for a job to be paraded in front of the media so the libs can feel good about equality.
    In today’s climate I would think we could begin to swing this pendulum back to a merit based decision making process.

  17. I believe the intent the rule is noble. However, as discussed teams find ways to work around it. Not sure there is a solution until more GM’s or Owners of color are in place.

  18. Sometimes an owner makes up his mind about who to hire as his next coach or G.M., and his mind isn’t going to change. In those cases, an owner is still going to interview a minority candidate he’s not planning to hire. And if minority candidates take offense at that, or decline such interviews, it’s hard to blame them.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    Welcome to the real world, where this is standard practice with no racial overtones. Owners often know who they want for a particular position. Sometimes they create positions for people they want in their employ.

    Get over it.

  19. Those teams included the Browns in their hiring of G.M. John Dorsey, and the Raiders in their hiring of coach Jon Gruden.

    And the Jaguars in hiring Tom Coughlin in a position that didn’t exist that no one knew they were trying to fill. Time to repeal the rule.

  20. Likewise if Marvin Lewis leaves the Bengals within a season or two teams will start calling him to lure him back into the NFL to start coaching.

    +++++

    This might be true. I just don’t think it is.

  21. It seems like waiving the requirement if you’re hiring someone with head coaching or GM experience would fix a big part of the problem. When a team has identified who they want based on previous coaching experience they shouldn’t have to give a token interview just to meet a requirement

  22. Teams are gonna hire who they want to hire. But hey let’s bring in someone because they’re a minority to appease the nfl.

  23. The Browns have had multiple black GM’s and multiple black head coaches. One can fairly criticize the organization for any number of things, but not comlying with the spirit of the Rooneu Rule would not and should not be among them.

  24. The NFL Needs more diversity on the field.. with that said, all NFL teams should be required to draft a white WR, RB, CB and safety, additionally all teams need to carry at least one black punter or place kicker… see how stupid that sounds NFL??

  25. packertruth says:
    December 12, 2018 at 1:18 pm
    Likewise if Marvin Lewis leaves the Bengals within a season or two teams will start calling him to lure him back into the NFL to start coaching.

    +++++

    This might be true. I just don’t think it is.

    +++++++++++++++++

    Of course it’s true.
    What, you think the NFL wants a collusion suit on it’s hands?

  26. While it’s an understandable sentiment trying to force interviews, at the end of the day, it’s pointless because what you want are actual minority hires. You can’t force that without making some VERY suspect rules, and as such this entire discussion is a farce.

  27. Have you ever been on a job interview? Practice makes perfect, especially for coaches who don’t have experience interviewing for such high up positions. What better way to enhance your knowledge of what teams will ask you in future interviews than to do one with no strings attached and take notes? Even if I knew I wasn’t going to get hired I’d still do it for the experience of it all. Plus a free meal most likely, can’t beat that

  28. If the league is forcing a team to interview somebody they clearly do not want to hire, the league should pay all expenses for the interview. The Rooney rule is such a joke, all the teams had a plan to circumvent it before it was even in effect.

  29. Everyone acts like the NFL is the only one who does this. I watch everyday at my job and hear about it from my wife. How these employers have a policy about how many people need to be interviewed. “We already know who we want for this job but we have to interview three people still.” If you know who you want hire them and quit wasting everyone’s time with this BS interviews.

  30. The Raiders have had a black GM for 7 years. They have had a black head coach, Hispanic head coach, female president. Now they hire a super bowl champion coach and suddenly there’s a problem because his skin isn’t the right color? He just happens to be white. Sometimes when you push the pendulum too hard in one direction, it comes back just as hard in the other direction. There is tons and tons of racism in our country and around the world, but you dont see more blacks in prominent positions anywhere in the world like you do on NFL sidelines making millions. Hats off to the NFL for their leadership. Just dont push it to the point where you get the opposite of the desired outcome. The Rooney Rule’s goal is to hire the best candidate for the job regardless of race, and the Raiders did that with Gruden

  31. The whole concept of the Rooney Rule is racist, and any preference given to a candidate based on race, gender, and/or creed is a violation of the constitution as has been decided by the Supreme Court. Affirmative Action is no longer a valid path to determining the worth of a candidate…or preferential acceptance of students to a college/university.

    There are minority coaches directing a majority of black players. And there have been black GMs (in re: Farmer of the Browns and MacKenzie of the Raiders). And to all those PC dolts who are ruining the traditions and fabric of this country, I say “Merry Christmas”.

  32. They should call it the “Leslie Frazier rule”. That guys got like 30 interviews before he finally got Vikings job in offset to fill the quota.

  33. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

    We seem to be moving backwards.

  34. The rule is racist. Its basically saying that no minority candidates are good enough to get interviews without the NFL’s help. Coaches get hired because a team thinks they are the best person to coach their team, not because of skin color.

  35. With the amount of money associated with winning, I am quite sure a team would hire a purple Martian if he could take them to the Super Bowl. This whole color issue is a complete non issue.

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