NFL approves proposal incentivizing development of minority coaches, execs

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On Tuesday, NFL owners approved a proposal to incentivize the development of minority coaches and executives.

The proposal from the league’s diversity committee calls for teams to be rewarded when minority assistants and executives below the General Manager position get hired by other teams for higher roles. The new rule, which needs to be approved by the NFLPA as well, would provide third-round compensatory picks in back-to-back drafts as long as the coach/executive had been with his prior team for at least two seasons.

There had previously been discussions about rewarding teams for hiring minority candidates, but the idea failed to gain traction after criticism from people around the league.

Earlier this year, the league instituted changes to the Rooney Rule that call for teams to interview at least two external minority candidates for head coaching openings and at least one minority candidate for any coordinator opening. They must also interview one external minority candidate for senior football operations and general manager jobs.

18 responses to “NFL approves proposal incentivizing development of minority coaches, execs

  1. If your QB
    has 0 playoff wins
    57 fumbles
    7-25 vs teams over 500
    has no heart no desire to win
    started 5-6 in 4 of his first 5 seasons
    has the IQ of a potato
    hated by teammates
    makes everyone near him worse
    holds ball too long
    ignores open receivers
    Your QB is Carson Wentz

  2. I hate this idea. Not because i am against any culture of people, but because it pits people against people because due to their race.

  3. When a ruling body has to create special rules to artificially prop up one group of people, it’s called socialism.

    The NFL looks to be getting a head start on the rest of the country.

  4. I don’t like this. I’m all for finding ways to encourage investing in minority coaches and executives at the assistant level, but this feels like the wrong way to do it. Adding third round draft picks to give out necessarily moves down every pick later in the draft. One or two spots in the 4th-7th probably isn’t a big deal, but it’s not nothing. That could be the difference between Dak Prescott and Cardale Jones.

  5. I don’t understand all the hate for this. The team that LOSES a quality coach or front office person gets a compensatory 3rd round. The team that person goes to gets nothing other than (hopefully) a quality employee. In a perfect world there would be no need for any of this but it’s really not that big a deal. I hated the idea of rewarding a team for HIRING a minority. That isn’t too far from straight up bribery.

    It’s not enough of a reward for anyone to make someone a coordinator who is a minority in hopes of maybe getting a 3rd round pick IF someone hires and promotes that person.

  6. How about all the naysayers follow their criticism with action steps to promote equity, diversity and inclusion amongst NFL coaching and executive ranks?

  7. Why does 13% of the population demand to have more than 13% of coaching jobs? They are already overrepresented by those numbers as it is and yet still demand more. This is as racist as it gets.

  8. There must be more to it than this. It sounds like a team gets two third-round picks if ANY minority assistant coach gets hired by another team for ANY higher position. So does that mean you get the picks if a minority quality control assistant gets hired by another team to be assistant linebackers coach? Seems like there’d be a sliding scale here.

  9. What is wrong with best person for the job, race,religion, sex, etc has no bearing? Organizations place winning above all else in this day and age. This sounds like trying to make up for bygone eras.

  10. If a qualified candidate is working for a close rival. Are you going to give your rival two additional draft pick to hire that coach?

  11. If you look back over the last 15 years, there have actually been plenty of black head coaches hired.

  12. I don’t see how this helps? I think it will hurt the coach/upper management person because other teams don’t want to give opposing teams two extra 3rd round picks! You think the Raider would be part of giving the Chiefs two picks? The WFT giving the Cowboys two picks? Etc etc…

  13. I guess the league has finally become “progressive” enough to admit that minorities are unable to compete with whitey on a level battlefield, so they have to give teams incentives to hire those who are inferior. At least, that is the message this is sending. If I were a minority, I’d be very angry with this rule.

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