NFL requiring every team to hire a minority or female offensive coach

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The NFL will require every team to hire a minority or female offensive assistant coach for the 2022 season.

As part of its diversity effort, NFL owners adopted a policy that allows for the coach to be “a female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority.” The coach will sign a one-year deal and be paid from a league-wide fund.

The head coach and offensive staff must work closely with the minority or female coach.

“It’s a recognition that at the moment, when you look at stepping stones for a head coach, they are the coordinator positions,” Steelers owner Art Rooney II, the chairman of the NFL diversity, equity and inclusion committee, said, via Kevin Seifert of ESPN. “We clearly have a trend where coaches are coming from the offensive side of the ball in recent years, and we clearly do not have as many minorities in the offensive coordinator [job].”

Teams like the Buccaneers, who already have a minority or female coach or coaches serving as an offensive assistant, already meet the requirement of the policy.

But it does represent the first hiring mandate in the history of the Rooney Rule.

The league also expanded the language of the Rooney Rule to include women at all levels. It now will read that women and/or people of color can satisfy the requirement to interview two external minorities for top positions, including head coach.

Teams are not required to interview a woman, but women now are included in the fulfillment process.

“The truth of the matter is that as of today, at least, there aren’t many women in the pool in terms of head coach,” Rooney said. “We hope that is going to change over the years, but for that reason we didn’t see it as inhibiting the number of interviews for racial minorities at this point in time. Obviously, we can address that as time goes on, but for now we didn’t see that as an issue.

“Really, we are looking at probably the early stages of women entering the coaching ranks, so we may be a little ways away before that becomes a problem.”

38 responses to “NFL requiring every team to hire a minority or female offensive coach

  1. If I spend a few billion dollars on a business I should have the right to hire whomever I want. The only criteria would be to hire the best and brightest.

  2. Owners should strike. It needs to be best person for the job. Nfl is discriminating.

  3. Makes me think there are some big names and examples in that revised Flores lawsuit coming in a couple weeks

  4. About the lawsuit Flores filed. I do not see anything wrong with what Belichick did. Flores is seeing something that isn’t there.

    Belichick thought he was sending a congratulatory email, friend to friend. That’s it.

    Why would Flores file a Complaint in court over something so trivial as Belichick not getting the correct hire’s name correct? There was no hidden agenda here on BB’s part.

    Miami hired Flores, who is black. Over time, Miami front office felt he wasn’t a good fit, something that happens thousands of times a week throughout corporate America to white, black, male, female employees.

    Why does Flores feel he should never be let go, should only be hired as a head coach and conclude that an honest mistake, by his friend mind you, should end up in court?

    This is just so wrong on so many levels.

  5. The owners made this rule themselves. Nobody can tell the owners what to do; they do what they want. And this is the policy they wanted.

    If it were such a horrible thing for business, 32 billionaire businesspeople wouldn’t have made the rule.

  6. The thing you can’t get around is that anyone hired under this is going to be looked at as less qualified. There is a balance in here. A better way. Not sure this is helping as intended.

  7. Another attempt in this era of everybody gets a participation ribbon by the NFL. The cream of the crop rises to the top regardless of the color of your skin. NFL putting their nose into something they have no business doing.

  8. Why on offense? I’m sorry, no offense but I can say with 1000 percent certainty that their isn’t a woman on the face of the earth that is
    Qualified to be an offensive coordinator of an nfl team. This is a bunch of nonsense, filling a quota that could very well go to a more
    Qualified candidate.

  9. I completely understand why they are doing it, wholeheartedly disagree with the process.
    You mean to tell us that you have a 10 year ex head coach with 30 years in the league you want to hire as your OC,DC what have you…that you need to instead hire someone completely unqualified because of this rule?
    Yes this is an extreme example but nonetheless one that is plausible.

    The hiring of minorities is a problem but you don’t solve one problem with another. This seems like a knee jerk reaction to a jersey of an ex head coach that couldn’t get along with anyone because of his self entitlement syndrome, but yet still had 2 job interviews lined up that he can’t say for sure one way or the other if it was a farce because he never went. 🤔

  10. There are two people standing in front of you for the open position. One of them is Sean Payton and the other is Hue Jackson.

    To most the choice is obvious. However in this new world we live in…

  11. Only a person who cares about money would accept this coaching job. No Dignity and no integrity whatsoever.

  12. jeff7763 says:
    March 28, 2022 at 6:57 pm
    This is wrong when you are told who to hire.
    __________

    No outside outside entity or force is telling the teams who to hire. The league office is controlled by the owners. The owners are implementing this policy upon themselves.

  13. I like this idea. Basically a 1-year tryout to prove themselves. All 32 likely won’t be back next year, but anyone who survives will be in that NFL pipeline for the long run. It’s about opportunity and NFL is paying their checks.

  14. This is a waste of time. I agreed with Tony Dungy. Do what other corporations do when they have a job opening. Create a job posting that breaks down precisely what you are looking for. This way, only people qualified are applying. This means, if you are looking for a Head Coach who mainly coaches on offense, or defense, based on the current strengths of your team, then this helps narrow down who applies. Then, openly discuss why you selected a candidate over others who applied. Someone will have to explain why a Special teams coach from the Patriots was the best fit for the Giants job. Or why Lovie smith was the best fit for the Texans when they have a young QB they need to unleash. This is the problem with how the league does things. Everything is done behind a curtain. For people who keep saying if I have a billion-dollar business, I can hire whoever I want, well, it doesn’t work that way; mainly due to laws in the books, and the other issue is, unless you cater to an all-white audience, the other non-white people you cater to might want to see themselves represented in the hiring behind the team they support.

  15. It’s not the NFLs fault they tried to appeal to peoples good senses for decades. That got the NFL no where in diversity. It’s gotta be such a tough thing for teams to have ONE minority, that’s paid by the league in case you missed it… in a sport played by 70% black people. Don’t give me the “best and brightest” non sense. That’s a clever way of saying the best and brightest have always been ….. people.

  16. They’re forcing teams to hire certain people and then they’re forced to train them as well?

    “The head coach and offensive staff must work closely with the minority or female coach.”

  17. This is basically an internship paid by the league. For most teams it’s an added “assistant” coach- not an existing position that could have been filled by “the most qualified candidate”. A lot of these low-level positions are filled now more by nepotism than any kind of merit or qualifications.

  18. So,a bunch of random white guys posting on a blog are upset that a bunch of very rich white guys decided to voluntarily establish a new best practice for their own businesses because the random white guys think that it’s somehow unfair. That makes sense.

  19. None of these owners or head coaches are biologists, so how will they even know if someone is a female or not?

  20. “I can say with 1000 percent certainty that their isn’t a woman on the face of the earth that is Qualified to be an offensive coordinator of an nfl team”

    YES. That is entirely the point of this! Most offensive coordinators currently in the league started out as low-level offensive assistants or graduate assistants at the college level. They got experience, learned form established coaches, and cost their employers next to nothing. This program is creating new jobs (paid by the league) to expand that pool of individuals who can start progressing toward higher level coaching jobs.

  21. A simply better solution – don’t mandate – REWARD.
    Don’t know what the reward could be – MAYBE move up draft position based on number of folks that meet this “mandate”. For sake of argument, let’s say you move up 1 or 2 draft positions for each coach that meets the criteria. Likely wouldn’t include the 1st round. Flexible – can increase / decrease reward as needed.

    This will ENCOURAGE and REWARD diversity, while not mandating it. It would give a slight advantage to hiring a minority or female coach while the advantage isn’t so large as to make hiring a bad coach desirable.

    I support diversity in hiring – but mandating employees is simply wrong, and questionably legal as in if the stadium/facilities are not owned by the NFL what legal right do they have to mandate that a person be allowed in? No, I don’t think anyone would challenge on those grounds, but I do see this as an overstep in power by the NFL.

  22. I’ve never understood how anyone taking advantage of such programs can not feel disrespected. Affirmative action, Rooney Rule, this rule. I’d be pissed if I were the person “benefitting” from the rule. It’d feel like a slap in the face, and how much longer does that vetting process take if you are viewed as a hired due to requirement rather than merit and ability? Just direspectful and wrong all around IMO. I feel bad for those candidates.

  23. If you believe that NFL franchises have always hired the best, you’re delusional. Owners have brought this on themselves. An industry that enjoys antitrust exemption status should absolutely be held to the highest standards of hiring practices. Especially the league offices themselves, since they enjoyed tax exempt status for 73 years. All the pearl clutching and peewhining about one, exactly one, position out of literally hundreds in any given organization is nothing less than discrimination.

  24. All of this caterwauling about one position on a staff presumes that a white male is the most qualified because they are a white male…

  25. Does it count if it’s a trans woman? There seems to be a lot of debate on the definition of “woman” these days.

  26. YES. That is entirely the point of this! Most offensive coordinators currently in the league started out as low-level offensive assistants or graduate assistants at the college level. They got experience, learned form established coaches, and cost their employers next to nothing. This program is creating new jobs (paid by the league) to expand that pool of individuals who can start progressing toward higher level coaching jobs
    ————————————————————-
    So then women should climb the ranks in high school and college, why must they jump from the minors right to the majors with 0 experience? Putting a mandate for a woman to be hired as an offensive assistant at the highest level of football is a slap in the face for every graduate assistant, scout, assistant coach or former player that has paid their dues and are competing for an opportunity. I’m not totally against the concept but they shouldn’t get to make such a drastic jump to pro ball. I mean wouldn’t you like to know with some certainty that the coach is competent?

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