Fritz Pollard Alliance takes aim at the Chris Doyle hire in Jacksonville

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Fritz Pollard Alliance executive director Rod Graves had no complaints about the search that resulted in the hiring of coach Urban Meyer and G.M. Trent Baalke. Graves definitely has a complaint about Meyer’s decision to hire Chris Doyle as the team’s director of sports performance.

“At a time when the NFL has failed to solve its problem with racial hiring practices, it is simply unacceptable to welcome Chris Doyle into the ranks of NFL coaches,” Graves said in a statement released on Friday afternoon. “Doyle’s departure from the University of Iowa reflected a tenure riddled with poor judgment and mistreatment of Black players. His conduct should be as disqualifying for the NFL as it was for the University of Iowa. Urban Meyer’s statement, ‘I’ve known Chris for close to 20 years,’ reflects the good ol’ boy network that is precisely the reason there is such a disparity in employment opportunities for Black coaches.”

Meyer, who has had players and assistant coaches involved in off-field problems at multiple college football programs, recently defended the decision to hire Doyle, who left Iowa with a severance agreement. Meyer is about to learn that there’s a lot more scrutiny at the professional level.

51 responses to “Fritz Pollard Alliance takes aim at the Chris Doyle hire in Jacksonville

  1. Hire the person that fits best in your long range plan, race should not be a qualifier or disqualifier either way.

  2. So no one is allowed a 2nd chance unless their a minority? Has the Fritz Pollard Alliance came out against Bienemy? No? I didn’t think so…

  3. Eh, it’s just the usual suspects squawking. Nobody cares what Rod Graves says, as proven by the NFL’s actual HC hiring practices.

  4. He’s unfit. Has he apologized for his racist behavior? You are ready to make excuses for him but has he tried to make amends? Funny how someone benefits from their can say race shouldn’t matter, hypocrites.

  5. Still not sure what he did or did not do at Iowa as all the complaining and settlements were kept very quiet by both sides.

  6. @SundaySwami you are missing the point it’s not that only minorities should be given second chances it’s the fact that some coaches are getting second and third chances like Adam Gase while some minorities aren’t even sniffing a first chance. That is a problem. I came name another Steve Sarkisan who showed up to a USC event drunk and was drinking on the job and has been getting opportunity after opportunity. Sports is suppose to be a meritocracy. If you think that is what is happening in the NFL coach and front office hiring you are not paying attention. Is not about minorities getting more opportunities it’s about getting equal opportunity based on performance and experience that is not what’s happening.

  7. Judge, jury, and executioner now? I think they have a worthy argument to make here, and there is a way to go about it. But two wrongs don’t make a right – more accurately, you can’t solve injustice with a fresh injustice. Declaring someone unemployable without sufficiently-proven cause is just as bad as an “old boys club”…or worse, as it seems to be quite a bit more backwards and outmoded. We walk the edge of a knife right now…

  8. To be fair, he has denied the allegations…

    “At no time have I ever crossed the line of unethical behavior or bias based upon race. I do not make racist comments, and I don’t tolerate people who do. I am confident that a complete review of the body or work over 21 years will speak for itself.”

    Maybe he is guilty of the very general accusations. Maybe not. However, if Iowa had anything concrete I doubt they would have paid 1.1 million to a guy making 900K a year.

  9. The difficulty we should have with the hire is the lack of necessity for it. If Doyle were the most qualified for the position, he is not, even then it would be a bad hire. But the fact that that there are dozens of qualified candidates, many more qualified than Doyle, calls Meyer’s judgment into question.

  10. The stated mission of the FPA is to foster diversity and advocate for minority candidates.

    Getting into who they think *shouldn’t* be hired, especially when it involves a legal case with very few public details, seems outside the bounds.

    Perhaps more appropriate to say, “at a time when racial equity is at the forefront of league focus, we are concerned about the allegations made against Mr. Doyle and will be monitoring the situation to ensure his hiring does not result in reduction of opportunity for black players.”

    They aren’t the NFL or NFLPA, so not really their job to police conduct.

  11. Steven Richardson says: “Is not about minorities getting more opportunities it’s about getting equal opportunity based on performance and experience that is not what’s happening.”
    ———————

    And are you fighting for Saints’ Pete Carmichael to get the same opportunity and NATIONAL MEDIA exposure that’s been pushing Bieniemy? He’s been doing it a lot LONGER and just as successful, yet not a single peep from Pollard Alliance or any journalist.

    How about the Assistant Coach of the Year winners like Brian Daboll or Greg Roman? Who’s been championing their candidacy for HC? No one. And why is that?

  12. Were there any candidates available who had not been canned by their previous employer for racism in the last year?

  13. Well,.let’s be fair here. The NFL let’s players with VERY questionable backgrounds sign with team after team. That doesn’t work for coaches? If T.Hill can be employed, why can’t Doyle?

  14. stabkof2512 says:
    February 12, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Hire the person that fits best in your long range plan, race should not be a qualifier or disqualifier either way.

    ——————————-

    It’s not Doyle’s race that’s the issue. It’s the way he’s treated people of another race.
    In other words, he’s displayed racist behavior. No matter how “qualified” he may be, that’s going to be hard for a lot of black people to just overlook.

  15. Steven Richardson says: February 12, 2021 at 5:38 pm @SundaySwami you are missing the point it’s not that only minorities should be given second chances it’s the fact that some coaches are getting second and third chances like Adam Gase while some minorities aren’t even sniffing a first chance. That is a problem. I came name another Steve Sarkisan who showed up to a USC event drunk and was drinking on the job and has been getting opportunity after opportunity. Sports is suppose to be a meritocracy. If you think that is what is happening in the NFL coach and front office hiring you are not paying attention. Is not about minorities getting more opportunities it’s about getting equal opportunity based on performance and experience that is not what’s happening. ———- What your missing is that minorities are given chances as well as 2nd chances. Are there times when a minority was the best hire but wasnt hired? Yes just as there are times when a minority is hired and they werent the best person for the job but that doesnt change the fact they came out and blasted this guy who’s at such a low level when Bienemy has been the media’s and their poster child of who should be hired and has had his share of issues that is the problem.

  16. Canadian Lions fan here. Hope our great neighbour to the south gets tired of race identity. It’s another brick in the socialist wall beimg built right before your young eyes. Oh, and I live in the last stop of the underground railroad – I know about racial issues. But please be mote afraid of the left than the colours they want you to notice. Stay free!

  17. This dude is a straight up racist. Read the accounts of MANY of Iowa’s former players. FP is right. Dude was fired from Iowa for being a racist. Why is he allowed in the NFL?

  18. chefboyd I am not saying that Carmichael and Daboll don’t deserve their shot. When coaches of lesser experience and performance get hired it just so happens they all have one thing in common. That’s what is infuriating. I will never have a problem with an experience high performing coach gets a job. But far to often unqualified coaches are getting opportunities over more qualified candidates that’s the problem. NFL owners have a propensity to hire for comfort over ability. That is the biggest problem.

  19. FPA keeps saying the NFL has a failed diversity policy. What percentage of the NFL is made up of minorities? Just because their isn’t more NFL head coaches does not prove that it is failing. Detroit hired a minority GM and the Rams will get a 3rd round pick the next two years, which I think is ridicules.

  20. What a disgrace to favor or disfavor anyone based on the tone of their skin. Hire the best candidate for the job, and end the race BS.

  21. so stop running your mouth for the idiot named bienemy then.. if one doesn’t deserve a job neither does the other if Doyle is pushed out Bienemy should instantly be fired

  22. I guess the NFL, NBA, MLB all need to start enforcing the demographics rule of make up. The USA’s has 61% white, 18% hispanic, 13% black, and so on. Guess we need to start making the players, coaches, and management match these numbers so all is fair for all races.

  23. They should most definitely have an issue with this. IF Doyle was black he would be an outcast in collage and the NFL. Instead this guy gets a promotion? This is the unequal treatment that is spoken of. Noone is saying Meyer shouldnt be able to hire who he wants. But you dont hire this guy into that level of position. Bring him in at a staff position and promote him internally of a period of time.

  24. I wonder if the Fritz Pollard Alliance with ever figure out that their opinions carry zero weight.

  25. Well, Urban Meyer walked right into his first gaff. He won’t see it, understand it or get it, but he did not have to hire Doyle. I am sure he could have found many other qualified coaches without the baggage. The fact he did and doesn’t care about the blow back is not good. When Doyle gets into it with one of the players, and it gets much worse, Meyer is going to get those headaches again and be out the door fast.

    The biggest issue most college coaches face is that the NFL Players are Men, not boys. And unlikely college players, actually have a players union and SOME rights. Lou Holtz could not handle it and went back to college. Bobby Petrino quit on the Falcons before the year was out–left notes in the lockers, didn’t even speak to the players directly.

    I have the feeling this will be the first of many PR blunders Meyer will happily roll into because he has his own network of coaches and generally obvious about anything other than football and winning football games.

    As to what Doyle did or not do at Iowa? I have a feeling ALOT MORE former Iowa players are going to talk quite extensively about it. If that investigation gets leaked…how bad a headache is Meyer going to get?

  26. I’m just so sick of hearing how the FPA doesn’t approve and is disappointed and all that. Independent businesses can hire whoever they want. Probably not the guy I would’ve hired but that doesn’t matter. All the FPA cares about is race, that much is clear.

  27. Here is hoping Meyer doesn’t back down on this one. It is getting tiring seeing weak people take a knee at the first sign of social bullying. This is an example, once again, of this guy making a statement without the facts.

  28. im so glad i dont feel the need to be offended either way on this.
    .
    maybe the NFL should offer 2 second round picks, then a fourth every year the person stays HC. of course, if you hire a woman, its 1 first 1 second, and a minority woman 2 firsts.
    .
    DNA yesting should be required so nobody lies.

  29. Nonsense that people believe that teams would not hire the most qualified person for the job.

    Regards

    Bears Draft team 2017

  30. charger383 says:
    February 12, 2021 at 5:44 pm
    The fans are getting tired of fritz Pollard alliance

    The only fans tired of the FPA are the fans that look at individuals in the NFL as cattle.

  31. Number 1 nobody cares what the FPA says and the Jag’s can hire whomever they want. Number 2 why is everbody always offeneded by everything?

  32. Joe B says:
    February 12, 2021 at 5:43 pm
    To be fair, he has denied the allegations…

    “At no time have I ever crossed the line of unethical behavior or bias based upon race. I do not make racist comments, and I don’t tolerate people who do. I am confident that a complete review of the body or work over 21 years will speak for itself.”

    Maybe he is guilty of the very general accusations. Maybe not. However, if Iowa had anything concrete I doubt they would have paid 1.1 million to a guy making 900K a year.
    —————————————————————————————————
    Over 50 current and former players came forward. An outside investigation found that a toxic environment existed where several coaches fostered an environment of racial and cultural bias. Do you even watch college football?

  33. bloodonhishands says:
    February 12, 2021 at 5:50 pm
    The difficulty we should have with the hire is the lack of necessity for it. If Doyle were the most qualified for the position, he is not, even then it would be a bad hire. But the fact that that there are dozens of qualified candidates, many more qualified than Doyle, calls Meyer’s judgment into question.

    ——

    And you have how many years coaching or managing football operations?

  34. A lot of people making excuses for someone they don’t know and a situation they weren’t in. Smoke usually equals fire. Are we defending him or ourselves? Methinks thou doth protest too much.

  35. So it’s just the mistreatment of Black Players? So he never mistreated any White Players? Kinda doubt it.

  36. Steven Richardson says: “When coaches of lesser experience and performance get hired it just so happens they all have one thing in common. That’s what is infuriating.”
    ———————

    Raheem Morris was hired in Tampa at age 32 and never been a DC at the NFL. Mike Tomlin was hired at 34 after just 1 year as DC in Minnesota.

    If the team believes a candidate is the best hire, then age/race shouldn’t matter. Sean McVay was only 31 and a great Rams choice. So was Tomlin, Gruden and Cowher at 34. We’re not in the interview room when each candidate is getting grilled for 8-10 hours. If they come out as the most impressive, then so be it.

    And by the way, 28 NFL teams have already hired/fired a minority HC or GM before. It’s not like teams are minority-adverse to the idea.

  37. Tom G says:
    February 12, 2021 at 8:15 pm
    So it’s just the mistreatment of Black Players? So he never mistreated any White Players? Kinda doubt it.
    ——————–

    Kinda doubt he was fired for being racist toward white players.

  38. I know very little about Chris Doyle, but the FPA’s name-calling is lame.

    Are we going to accuse everyone who hires someone they know of reflecting the ol boy network?

  39. Hey Rod: Don’t complain about the good ol’ boy network. Remember the job Troy Vincent gave you at NFL HQ? The only reason you got that job is Troy and his good ol’ boy network. You spent years at that job doing absolutely nothing. You came to work every day eating a bag of chips and sitting in on meetings where you did nothing And now you complain? Look in the mirror Rod.

  40. If the FPA really cares then why don’t they come up with the money to purchase a team and run it however they see fit? Until then, their opinion is worthless

  41. “What a disgrace to favor or disfavor anyone based on the tone of their skin. Hire the best candidate for the job, and end the race BS.”

    i hear you. we all would love for this to be a reality. but, the reason the rule is there is because when left to police themselves, they did not do much to hire minorities. these are the facts. that’s how bad they were.. a rule had to be made. you want to get rid of it?? you trust that they will do the right thing? c’mon, man.

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