As of now, there are only four minority head coaches in the NFL and three of them could easily be out of work this time next season. Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers is the most heralded minority coach in the NFL, but he very well could be given the boot this offseason. Ron Rivera and Marvin Lewis both have great gigs with the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals, respectively, but both are also on the head coach hot seat.
That leaves the Minnesota Vikings‘ head coach Leslie Fraizer as the lone minority coach, who can sleep well at night knowing what he’s done for the Vikes. Moving forward, the NFL could very well have just one minority coach in the 2013-14 season.
With that being said, let’s take a look at a minority coach who could make the leap from the collegiate game to the NFL game in the next calendar year. Kevin Sumlin was in charge of the Texas A&M Aggies for the first time in 2012 and was honored as the SEC Coach of the Year. Coming from the Houston Cougars, Sumlin already had a great resume with two CUSA Coach of the Year awards and two bowl appearances.
So, why is Sumlin’s NFL stock taking a hit? Johnny Manziel, that’s why.
The 20-year-old superstar has transcended the college game by drinking and carrying on which makes Sumlin look like he can’t control his players. With constant worries about behavioral issues at the professional level, NFL teams are going to see Manziel’s antics and point the finger at Sumlin.
Unfair? Yes, but that doesn’t matter; the pompous NFL owners are looking at Sumlin with a slanted eye.
For the sake of minority coaches across the globe, hopefully Sumlin can at least get an offer from an NFL team within the next year. Yet, if no teams are interested in Sumlin, we will be blaming Johnny Football for ruining what could have been a promising coaching career for a minority head coach.