Pete Carroll delivered “passionate speech” on minority hiring during league meetings

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The NFL has a problem when it comes to the hiring of minority coaches. And the NFL knows it.

But that hasn’t stopped some from issuing blunt reminders to those in charge. Per multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll delivered a “passionate speech” regarding the NFL’s struggles with diversity during last week’s league meetings in Florida.

One source said that Carroll’s comments were sufficiently strong to make people in the room uncomfortable to the point of angry. Another source wasn’t sure if the remarks actually did or should have angered those in the room.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam responded to Carroll’s not-so-subtle suggestion that the problem flows from ownership, taking issue with the idea that owners are out of touch when it comes to entrusting key positions to Black candidates. Others have privately pointed out that Carroll doesn’t have a stellar track record when it comes to giving opportunities to minority coaches, with no black offensive coordinators during his 12 seasons at the head coach in Seattle.

Then there’s the issue of nepotism. Carroll has hired two of his children. Those opportunities could have gone to non-family members, and particularly to minority candidates.

Regardless, Carroll stood up to talk about the issue in an open session among teams. The more that coaches and owners talk about the problem in those settings, the more likely that solutions will emerge. Eventually. Inevitably.

Otherwise, the league will continue to experience not only bad P.R. but also potentially sizable liability.

35 responses to “Pete Carroll delivered “passionate speech” on minority hiring during league meetings

  1. Pete needs to hire some minorities, it’s mandated now, quit hiring your kids yo…

  2. Countdown for ignorant, partisan reactions in the comment section be moaning affirmative action…in 3, 2, 1…

    These are businesses making business decisions. They have nothing to do with your political beliefs.

  3. Do people really think the owners get together and say to themselves “naw, we don’t want a black head coach. They suck because they’re black.” That would be racism. Is that what people really think? Really?

  4. I have a serious question that I would like an answer to. What is the definition of minority? If you look at the global population, whites are by far the minority, making up approximately 8% of the world population, so why can’t we claim minority status? Why is this fact constantly buried.

  5. Did this come straight from Pete Carrol’s PR company? Or from Pete Carrol himself?

  6. Nice cherry picking on the offensive coordinator side.
    He’s had a black defensive coordinator for 8 of his 12 years as head coach.

  7. They didn’t listen to Carroll about giving Kaep a fair shot, they’re not gonna listen to him now.

  8. The owners ought to continue to hire the coaches who they believe will be most successful for their team. I don’t buy the false premise that the NFL has a problem just because there are few minority coaches. Is it racist that white people make up 60% of the population but only 30% of the NFL? Of course not.

  9. gl0ckworkorange says:
    April 3, 2022 at 8:12 pm
    Do people really think the owners get together and say to themselves “naw, we don’t want a black head coach. They suck because they’re black.” That would be racism. Is that what people really think? Really?

    Do I think that? no, I don’t. And I also don’t think that an owner would legitimately pass on a black coaching candidate and give the job to a white guy knowing the white guy was less of a coach.

    I grew up middle class in the Detroit suburbs in a mid size city and in my high school of 1500 students there were prob 100 black students. I was friends with 2.
    many of the owners , especially the ones who come from wealth likely had even less interaction with black people socially than I did growing up.

    I’m 40- and while it wasn’t socially acceptable by the time I was a teenager to be openly racist In middle class Midwestern America, it was certainly still there. most of the owners are near or older than my moms age – early 70s. my mom has be pretty frank to me how open and accepted racism was when she was growing up.

    so, again Do I think that there is a systematic scheme to keep black coaches intentionally down , no.

    but, do I think it’s possible that a group of owners whom 31 are EXTREMELY wealthy white gu6s, many who come wealth, and many who grew primarily around white people in an era where racism was widespread have SOME implicit internal prejudice against black people that could affect their perception of a black coaching candidate?absolutely.

  10. How about you just let the business owner hire whomever they think is the best person for the job. How bout that. I don’t think they care what race they are, or whether they are from Canada, Africa, or Alaska. If they can sell themselves in the interview process, and the owner thinks they can lead the franchise to the promised land they’re getting the job…Period

  11. Virtue signaling by a man that’s on the way out (via retirement soon). It reeks of “not my problem, burn it down because I got mine” mentality. He’s a HC; mentor people to build them up. If there’s no candidates of a certain skin color to your liking, then that’s your fault. But what do I know, I’m just a ‘hire the best person for the position’ guy and not a racist.

  12. thurmanmerman99 says:
    April 3, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I have a serious question that I would like an answer to. What is the definition of minority? If you look at the global population, whites are by far the minority, making up approximately 8% of the world population, so why can’t we claim minority status?
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    So you think the fact that you are a minority in Asia means you should get special treatment here in the US?

  13. A formal quota system is on the horizon. 70% of all NFL coaches, GMs, and quarterbacks will be required to be black, by mandate.

    Anyone who criticizes this system, of course, will be considered “racist”.

  14. Racism is 80% black league who wants more and racism is 25% of the population wanting all the the rest to see it there way I’m sorry but the most rams it’s people I know are black

  15. experience.
    ability.
    skill.

    the only things you need to determine if someone is right for the job. skin color SHOULDN’T EVER MEAN ANYTHING.

  16. Isn’t Carroll’s own staff something like 50% minority? And the pushback here is how one particular assistant position has not been filled by a minority coach?

  17. stampnhawk says:
    April 3, 2022 at 8:22 pm
    Nice cherry picking on the offensive coordinator side.
    He’s had a black defensive coordinator for 8 of his 12 years as head coach.

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    He’s a defensive coach, so DC takes second seat to him. The OC actually runs and leads the offense.

  18. Leave their families out unless you want yours in. And in other news, how is your family doing?

  19. Every year there’s a social politics topic that turns off fans…EVERY. YEAR.

  20. Again the problem is not talking the talk – but walking the walk. And it starts with ensuring that more representation in the hiring of assistants, advisors ,quality control assistants, interns etc. And it needs to be well represented and not just because of their last name.The cream will rise to the top – but if there is not a well based starting point – only that cream will rise.

  21. I wish we could have heard the audio for this, or had a transcript of what was said.

  22. cobrala2 says:
    April 3, 2022 at 8:45 pm
    Actions speak louder than words, Pete. 🙄

    3410Rate This
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    He’s hired two Indian-Americans, a Hawaiian American, and they recently promoted Clint Hurtt, a black man to DC

  23. Pete should give Kaepernick the backup QB job on the Seattle Seahawks. Put his money where his mouth is.

  24. It is just a terrible thing when a father hires his son to work along side him and teach him the family business,

  25. The demographic of the fans who pay the bills is the most important ratio there is. Without fans to spend money and be targeted by advertisers the NFL will be gone.

  26. ZZZZZZZ….The NFL, and sports in general, are entertainment. I’m looking forward to the draft, training camps, and the upcoming season.

  27. heymister24 says:
    April 3, 2022 at 8:04 pm
    NFL diversity = 30% white.

    336 64 Rate

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    With a ratio of five to one in agreement, that’s all anyone needs to know about how they honestly feel about picking the most qualified. They are definitely not in favor of it based purely on race.

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