NFL’s Minority Issues Reach New Level With Firing Of Leslie Frazier

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The NFL has had an issue with minority head coaches or the lack thereof for the better part of a decade. Now, the number of minority coaches on the sidelines is beginning to dwindle by the week. And after one look at the head coaches in the NFL you can easily tell that this is becoming a job dominated by middle-aged white males, which is exactly what the “Rooney Rule” was supposed to eliminate.

Out of the 12 teams in the playoffs this year, two of them have a minority head coach. Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals and Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers are the only coaches who can be classified as minorities, because the rest of the coaches fit the middle-aged white guy label to a tee. So with a whooping 16% of playoff teams with a minority head coach on the sideline, it really makes you wonder about the NFL’s lack of diversity.

While Leslie Frazier’s inability to develop a solid quarterback likely sealed his fate with the Minnesota Vikings, his status as a minority makes this firing a larger issue. Moreover, the Vikings will now go on another coaching search as minorities like Lovie Smith, David Shaw and even Charlie Strong are said to be in the running.

See: Minnesota Vikings: Leslie Frazier Reportedly Out; GM Has Large List Of Coaching Candidates

At the end of the day: Frazier’s firing leaves the NFL with three minority head coaches. The lack of minority head coaches is second to concussions as far as high-grade NFL issues, so I fully expect commissioner Roger Goodell to get more involved with this issue in particular.

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  • Lavanya Walia

    And after one look at the head coaches in the NFL you can easily tell
    that this is becoming a job dominated by middle-aged white males, which
    is exactly what the “Rooney Rule” was supposed to eliminate. << bam80 c0m

  • http://about.me/leonx Leon X

    I see it didn’t take long for one of these posts to appear on the Internet. Couldn’t this wait until after the Super Bowl?

  • BobJ

    I don’t see it as an issue at all. My favorite head coach is/was Tony Dungy, just because black athletes dominate the playing field doesn’t mean they should dominate coaching. Athletic prowess doesn’t necessarily translate into coaching prowess.

  • MikeofAges

    Coaches are hired to be fired. It can’t be different for minority coaches. Things have to be done for football reasons, period. Same for baseball and basketball.

  • gradyphilpott

    I think the NBA has a minority issue. Shouldn’t sports be merit based?