The “Rooney Rule” was implemented to give African American coaches a better and fair chance to become head coaches in the NFL. Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has been tossed around as a potential head coaching candidate for a few teams with vacancies, but is he really deserving candidate? Are teams just bringing him in to satisfy that rule?
The Ravens had one of their worst offensive outputs in recent memory in 2013, and no one ever felt confident that the team could put up points in bunches if at all. They scored 30 points just once all season and in that contest against Houston, Daryl Smith scored a defensive touchdown and Tandon Doss returned a punt for six. All in all, the offense underwhelmed this season and it could be due to Caldwell’s inexperience.
Sure, he took over after Cam Cameron was fired following an overtime loss to Washington, and the Ravens did win the Super Bowl in 2012. However, most of the concepts remained the same and the philosophy Cameron instilled hadn’t changed. When he was given the job for the 2013 as the lone play-caller, the offense faltered and failed in disappointing fashion.
Personally, I think the rule is one of the most racially discriminatory things in professional sports today. Essentially, teams won’t go out and say it, but they just pick the scapegoat candidate to fulfill the rule’s needs and then tell the candidate “thanks, but no thanks.”
Is it right? No, but it’s what happens, and Caldwell is likely in that boat this season. If he does happen to get a job, good for him, but it will make life in Baltimore easier as they won’t have to make the tough decision in firing the coach or possibly retaining him in hopes that he will change things for the better.