The NFL hired eight new head coaches this offseason. They were all white. As of the time this article was written, there are only three minority head coaches in the entire league. This problem is not unique to the head coaching positions as the seven available GM positions were all white hires as well.
A couple of hiring and applicant scenarios come to mind this offseason. Andy Reid is now head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs after he flamed out as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles by turning in an ugly 4-12 season in 2012. He was understandably let go, but not five days later he was introduced to Kansas City media and fans as their new head coach.
Now let’s look at Lovie Smith who was fired by the Chicago Bears after a 10-6 season. He hasn’t coached as long as Reid with only eight years under his belt. However, Smith’s worst season was 5-11 and that was his first. He has also only had three losing seasons in his career, with a Coach Of The Year award and a Super Bowl appearance on his resume. Right now he is still without a job.
For some reason most people like to downplay the presence of racism in society and in the sports world, but it is obviously still a powerful issue that needs addressing. I’m not going to go as far as to say that there is some secret intent to keep minorities out of head coaching and front office positions. I can’t prove or deny that, but what I am willing to speculate is that the problem stems from a lack of interaction between the races. At the end of the day, you as an owner or a GM are going to hire who you know, and you know who you relate to. So until there is an effort by everyone to come out of their bubbles to know and relate to everyone else, the problem will persist and the Rooney Rule will be a failure.
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