Rooney Rule likely will use draft picks as compensation, not as a reward

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The decision to table proposed Rooney Rule enhancements that would give teams draft-pick enhancement for hiring minority coaches or General Managers creates the impression that, if the proposal wasn’t tabled, it would have failed to secure the requisite 24 votes to secure passage. That’s not the case, Commissioner Roger Goodell said on a media conference call after Tuesday’s ownership videoconference.

“We table resolutions frequently,” Goodell said, “because the discussion leads to other ideas that make it more effective.”

He added that there is a “great deal of support” for the proposed enhancements, but that a decision was made to consider “suggestions, amendments, etc. and try to strengthen it.”

Goodell also pointed out that the proposal wouldn’t become effective before the next hiring cycle at the end of the calendar year, creating plenty of time to address the situation.

“We hope to meet in person several times before then,” Goodell said.

Executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent separately echoed the notion that the league has ample time to consider the best way to proceed.

“There’s no rush for this,” Vincent said. “Let’s get this right. Coach Dungy said it right. We shouldn’t be paying for people to do the right thing.”

Vincent’s remarks bolstered the sense that specific draft-pick enhancement for hiring a minority coach or General Manager has been, or likely will be, abandoned, and that any effort to make draft-pick currency available under the Rooney Rule will reflect compensation for teams that develop minority coaches and lose them to other teams, either as head-coaching hires or in other capacities. Indeed, when pressed by Jarrett Bell of USA Today to reconcile rewarding teams for boosting diversity with creating an unfair advantage, Goodell mentioned only the competitive consequences of losing a coach.

“We want teams to be investing in the futures of their coaches so they can move on,” Goodell said. “When you lose a coach there’s a competitive issue there.”

Thus, as this measure is revisited, it seems more likely that draft picks will be used to compensate teams that develop minority coaches who leave for jobs elsewhere than to specifically reward a team for hiring a minority coach or G.M.

Regardless, there’s still plenty of time before the next hiring cycle starts. The discussion over the past four days has gotten the attention of the league at large, and it has generated (and will continue to generate) plenty of discussion and ideas regarding the best way to strike the balance between using draft capital as a meaningful incentive without undermining minority candidates who secure the most coveted jobs in the sport.

For now, the biggest takeaway seems to be that, although teams likely won’t be rewarded for hiring minority head coaches or General Managers, they will be compensated for developing minority coaches who accept promotions with other teams. And that will give teams an even greater incentive to develop a deep, diverse, and highly-skilled group of coaches, who inevitably will have opportunities to advance, either with their current team or with another franchise.

63 responses to “Rooney Rule likely will use draft picks as compensation, not as a reward

  1. If the NFL wants to put some cred behind their words they should hire a black commissioner.

  2. Much better idea. The Fins got an outstanding coach in Brian Flores. The Fins shouldn’t be rewarded – the Patriots should be compensated for developing and losing him. Someone will snag Jerod Mayo in a couple of years. He will be a fast riser.

  3. So, that means teams won’t want to hire minority coaches from other teams in their division or possibly conference, because they won’t want to give that other team an extra draft pick. I’m going to reiterate what I said before. Why not do something like a job fair or like a combine for coaches? This would give candidates an opportunity to meet with owners and GM’s and showcase their ideas. Instead of teams only interviewing a few candidates, they could meet with several and then bring the ones they like in for a formal interview.

  4. That would deny those draft picks to another team, whose finish put them in position to take those athletes. I don’t like this at all.

  5. With millions of dollars on the line, owners care about winning because winning equals more money. If owners were racist, we would have all white teams.

  6. So instead of being rewarded for hiring black coaches, teams will be rewarded for developing black coaches that get hired by other teams. So it’s still racist then??? Reverse racism is still just racism.

  7. jdphx says:
    May 19, 2020 at 4:41 pm
    Compensation — Reward

    What’s the difference?

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    Huge difference. Similar to free agency. Teams losing top candidates get a small compensation for losing their up’n comer. And its not just for HC or coordinator jobs. Its for a promotion within the system. I can see more opportunities for minorities at the entrance level.
    Previously, teams could block lower level staff that were under contract.

  8. Love how so many people predict the doom of the NFL because of things *they* do not like, yet the NFL is one of, if not THE most successful sports league on the planet. Stop watching….doubt the league cares. Everyone will still be there, watching the game and rooting for their teams.

  9. Some of you are speculating a little too much. The compensation doesn’t have to come from the team that hired the coach. They’ll probably be like all the other compensatory picks that teams get, added to the end of a round.

  10. charger383 says: “One day Goodell is going to wonder where the fans went”
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    And yet football viewership has completely dominated television ratings since Goodell took over. Tagliabue couldn’t do it. Rozelle couldn’t do it. Care to explain how Goodell made football even MORE popular with Americans?

    Maybe he knows what he’s doing just fine…

  11. jam11163 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 4:26 pm
    This is racist in every way.
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    …no. racist is when a man walks into a bank for a business loan and despite an overall better plan and standing qualifications are marginalized and his interest rate jumped 5 points before he sits in the chair.

  12. If anybody thinks that owners or GM’s are hiring head coaches on the color of their skin they are sadly mistaken.
    Here in Cleveland we had a black head coach and a black G.M. and the team went 1 – 31 over two seasons. Was that a failure of black men? Absolutely not. It was a failure of football people who happened to be black.
    You know why Tomlin still in Pittsburgh all these years? Because Steelers fans were screaming for him to be fired and the Rooney family planted the flag and said we own this team. WE will do want we want to do when we are ready to do it. PERIOD. I LOVE IT.
    Tomlin still has a lot of gas in the tank.
    This is not a race issue as much as an opportunity issue.
    I think they should rid of coaches titles in the NFL and let the other teams figure out who is calling the shots where. It’s really something that should not be for public consumption. As far as other teams are concerned he just another guy on the sidelines talking into a headset. The PLAYERS when they become free agents or traded will tell other teams how the power structure was set up on their ex team (weather they had good coaches or bad coaches which is how it should be.
    THINK ABOUT IT.

  13. If the owners approve of it, who cares what you think. They’re the one running the team and PAYING the salaries. All this fake “outrage” is silly consider the owners WANT the rule that only applies to them and not to you people.

  14. This demeaning to African Americans candidates! Says that they need special “ incentives, for the team, in order to hire them. Better they earn it using their skill and brains!

  15. dcpatfan says:
    May 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm
    jam11163 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 4:26 pm
    This is racist in every way.
    ___________________________________
    …no. racist is when a man walks into a bank for a business loan and despite an overall better plan and standing qualifications are marginalized and his interest rate jumped 5 points before he sits in the chair
    ————
    Believe it or not opening up a liquor store or a nightclub isn’t always a full proof plan.

  16. thelinestartsheretokissmyass says:
    May 19, 2020 at 4:30 pm
    That’s some racist stuff.
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    no. racist is when a man can enter a restaurant in DC, brandishing an assault rifle, shoot a few rounds and be talked down…peacefully arrested. but another man could be sleeping in his bed with his girlfriend, have his door kicked in by police with a “no knock” warrant for an apartment 10 miles away and with his conceal carry permitted handgun on display, draws 15-20 rounds killing his girl.

    Guess who was the minority?

    #RIPBreonnaTaylor

  17. I’m still wondering where all the white cornerbacks went. Do we need to implement a system to up the percentage of white CBs in the NFL? Seems a shame all the discrimination these days.

  18. akira1971 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm
    charger383 says: “One day Goodell is going to wonder where the fans went”
    ——————————

    And yet football viewership has completely dominated television ratings since Goodell took over. Tagliabue couldn’t do it. Rozelle couldn’t do it. Care to explain how Goodell made football even MORE popular with Americans?

    Maybe he knows what he’s doing just fine…
    ———————–
    We (fans) don’t care about TV ratings. We want a good product.

  19. Why does the NFL even have the Rooney Rule? What are the reasons why more minority coaches don’t get hired? I would think that the NFL should answer these questions and more. Plus the NFL should make the facts public, be transparent. Is it because the owners 30 of the teams have owners that are Caucasian? Is this the obstacle to more diversity? Is it because America is still so racist, they can’t get a fair shake? We Americans certainly don’t mind watching African Americans and other people of color suit up and play on Sunday’s. So, are there not enough coaches of color to go around? Honestly, what is it? Instead of making rules that don’t have the intended results, just so the NFL can feel good about themselves, why not answer the question. Why don’t more people of color get hired as NFL coaches or executives.

  20. Compensation is paying for. Call it what you want. When my team loses games due to poor players, because they did not hire a minority coach, I will never watch another football game as long as I live.

  21. Last year I watched my team and the other teams in the division. This year I will watch my team only. Soon, I will build an addition on the house during my spare Sunday afternoons, thursday nights, and Sunday nights.

  22. Would it be racist to say that the “compensated pick” has to be a white player? Because that’s what goodell is saying for the coaches.

  23. I want to see good plays on offence and defense, long passes caught and missed, kickoffs returned for TDs, big hits, goal line stands and rushing touchdowns ect, ect NOT social issues, protests, Fritz Pollard association whining or more of the overpaid Goodell’s silly ideas

  24. wiley16350 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm
    Some of you are speculating a little too much. The compensation doesn’t have to come from the team that hired the coach. They’ll probably be like all the other compensatory picks that teams get, added to the end of a round.

    ___________________

    Nobody loses or gains picks in this proposal. They just move up in a mid round. And I understand the owners’ support. It really wasn’t a good look during the draft. One GM and 4 HC’s out of 64. In a league that is roughly 70% minority.
    Jerry in his yacht, Kliff in his living room that looked like a Vegas casino lobby.

  25. Call it what you want but when you someone a positive benefit when they do something you want them to, that is a reward.

  26. I’m glad they are going to take the time to come up with stronger ways to fight against the obvious racism at the highest levels of most NFL teams, but im disappointed they didn’t do more. The league is happy to throw out young black men on Sunday to bash their brains in, but somehow only white people wind up “qualified” to be the “best hire” when it comes to leadership.

    The Rooney Rule needs to be expanded to have some real teeth, because young people won’t be there watching this declining sport if the racism isn’t addressed. When you’re white, you’re born on third base, the entire country is catered to you and your privilege, and you get hired over and over even if you fail in the NFL. Its time for some real Leadership or the sport will continue to be dumbed down and ratings will continue to fall. You can only roll Tony Dungy out there so much to take the heat. Ownership and leadership positions should reflect the playing demographics, instead of the Good ole Boys club. Black men are perfectly capable of leading young Black men, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at coaching ranks.

  27. Why does the NFL have so few white defensive players? Is it because they aren’t smart enough? Is it because of the ol boys network?

  28. I like the idea of compensating teams for losing coaches who are promoted to higher positions on other teams… just as long as it is not specifically related to just minority coaches. That aspect completely devalues the process and will continue to set back minority coaches specifically because it is a discriminatory practice. The Rooney Rule has the opposite affect of its intent due to the same issue hence why it still hasn’t worked.

  29. Rewards and/or compensation does not address the problem, the fundamental bias and tendencies humans have. If you believe they don’t exist you are just uninformed. I’m white, not privileged, just white, and i know they exist. The solution is to make the interview process anonymous, audio only. Job experience is important in any hiring, but citing past roles absent team names could make it hard to guess who the real person is. The selection process then boils down to character, demeanor in the interview process and experience.

  30. “So two teams could swap minority assistant coaches and each get compensatory picks?”

    I wouldn’t worry; that would be gaming the system with a callous disregard for the sensibilities of the disadvantaged people involved.

  31. akira1971 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm
    charger383 says: “One day Goodell is going to wonder where the fans went”
    ——————————

    And yet football viewership has completely dominated television ratings since Goodell took over. Tagliabue couldn’t do it. Rozelle couldn’t do it. Care to explain how Goodell made football even MORE popular with Americans?
    ————————
    While there are always many reasons that things like you describe happen in a complex society, it seems the consensus tipping point where the NFL takes over is after the MLB strike of 94. Goodell isn’t the sole reason for anything save consternation of fans.

  32. Love all the “old white men” comments… hmmmmmm, age discrimination and reverse racism, got it.

  33. lgw91s says:
    May 19, 2020 at 4:32 pm
    Much better idea. The Fins got an outstanding coach in Brian Flores. The Fins shouldn’t be rewarded – the Patriots should be compensated for developing and losing him. Someone will snag Jerod Mayo in a couple of years. He will be a fast riser.

    ———-Um…That IS the point Goodell is saying.

  34. Maybe I am just to old, but what happened to the best person getting the job attitude? We live in a world where money rules all, so hiring the best candidate to make you the most money seems like the obvious choice to make. No matter wht color their skin is.

  35. Libera double-talk. It’s racism, pure and simple, and as is clear from the comments here and the thumbs up/down ratings of those comments, is gonna alienate a LOT of common-sense fans who strongly oppose this identity politics garbage.

    These people wonder how Trump got elected 4 years ago, and are gonna be shocked again in November when he wins again. It’s stuff like this right here that got him elected. Get a clue.

  36. So basically, you’re saying that minorities are so incompetent that if you didn’t have these woke policies, they would never amount to anything. Got it. Way to show who the real racists are.

  37. This will actually make teams less likely to hire minority coaches from other teams. Especially other teams within the division or even the conference. For example, would the Denver Broncos be less likely to hire Eric Bienemy if it meant that the Chiefs would get a first round compensatory pick? I think yes.

  38. And we can probably stop using the term “minority” and simply say “black”, because that is what this is about. The Fritz Pollard Alliance only cares to have more “black” folks in these prominent coaching positions — not any other race. So let’s stop the charade of it being dubbed “minority”.

    I think the consensus of most of us fans are hire based on the best qualified and the best fit to your team, regardless of skin colour.

    I never even noticed who was white and who was black (and whatever other colour) on the sidelines until these racist clowns started pointing fingers and claiming everybody ELSE was racist…

  39. it.

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    backintheday99 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 7:44 pm
    lgw91s says:
    May 19, 2020 at 4:32 pm
    Much better idea. The Fins got an outstanding coach in Brian Flores. The Fins shouldn’t be rewarded – the Patriots should be compensated for developing and losing him. Someone will snag Jerod Mayo in a couple of years. He will be a fast riser.

    ———-Um…That IS the point Goodell is saying
    ———————
    Just so you know Flores led the Dolphins to their 3rd worst ever season since joining the nfl.

  40. The Fritz Pollard alliance cares about one group of people and one only. They’re not looking out for all “minorities” just one particular group of people they care for. Most racist group affiliated with any pro sports. Shouldn’t even be allowed to exist or have any say in anything.

  41. Why is nobody asking the question: What is the target number of coaches that all of this is pointing toward?

    If there isn’t a goal, there’s no meaningful measurement.

  42. If minority representation is that important, when can we expect Roger Goodell to step down so someone truly deserving of the opportunity can start running the NFL?

    My guess… umm, never.

  43. Reading these comments should leave no one any doubt as to why this discussion is being held in the first place. If you are willing to turn your back on the NFL for considering more creative ways to be more diverse in positions of influence then you my friend are the problem. Good riddance.

  44. As soon as you start trying to bribe someone to give the trophy to the second place kid because you feel better if he gets it, you are no longer a meritocracy.

    As soon as a team moves back in draft position because another team bought their way forward you are no longer a meritocracy.

    Sports is the purest of meritocracies. As soon you stop being a meritocracy you are closer to being the WWE than the NFL. You crossed the line between sports and produced entertainment.

  45. patriotmaleorgy says:
    May 19, 2020 at 8:27 pm
    it.

    4 0 Rate This
    backintheday99 says:
    May 19, 2020 at 7:44 pm
    lgw91s says:
    May 19, 2020 at 4:32 pm
    Much better idea. The Fins got an outstanding coach in Brian Flores. The Fins shouldn’t be rewarded – the Patriots should be compensated for developing and losing him. Someone will snag Jerod Mayo in a couple of years. He will be a fast riser.

    ———-Um…That IS the point Goodell is saying
    ———————
    Just so you know Flores led the Dolphins to their 3rd worst ever season since joinin

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    And that it was only 3rd worst was to Flores’s credit. He inherited a situation that was a hot mess in so many ways and heading the wrong way from there even. He has it turned so its not getting worse, that was good work. He has more work to do obviously, but what he did last year was seriously good work. Not going to dis on Flores. Respect.

  46. fordbw says:
    May 19, 2020 at 8:14 pm
    This will actually make teams less likely to hire minority coaches from other teams. Especially other teams within the division or even the conference. For example, would the Denver Broncos be less likely to hire Eric Bienemy if it meant that the Chiefs would get a first round compensatory pick? I think yes.
    ================
    Get out with this, lol. A 1st round compensatory pick for taking another teams WR Coach and making him your Offensive Coordinator??????? LMFAO.

    For reference, Tom Brady is the greatest player EVER, and you know what the Pats will get for him leaving? A third rounder. No way any coach is going to be worth a First round pick. Ever.

  47. 6250claimer says:
    May 19, 2020 at 8:11 pm
    Libera double-talk. It’s racism, pure and simple, and as is clear from the comments here and the thumbs up/down ratings of those comments, is gonna alienate a LOT of common-sense fans who strongly oppose this identity politics garbage.

    These people wonder how Trump got elected 4 years ago, and are gonna be shocked again in November when he wins again. It’s stuff like this right here that got him elected. Get a clue.
    ——————————————
    Spot on. And as so one that doesn’t want to see Trump get re-elected I do despair as the people I need to help prevent that are too busy focused on the wrong stuff.

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