No African-American NFL head coaches hired in 2013 - NFL.com
NFL statement on Rooney Rule compliance, coach/GM hirings - NFL.comNo African-American NFL head coaches hired in 2013
The NFL head-coaching carousel stopped spinning Thursday night with Bruce Arians' hiring by the Arizona Cardinals. The selection is great news for an NFL lifer like Arians, but it might bring home a troubling statistic for African-American coaches around the league.
None of the eight new NFL head coaches is African-American. The number of African-American head coaches in the NFL will drop from five to three in 2012 after Lovie Smith and Romeo Crennel lost their jobs.
The trend is similar in NFL front offices. Five general manager positions have been filled, all by white men. The New York Jets' GM job, which still is open, is expected to go to John Idzik. It's unclear who will become the Cleveland Browns' next GM.
USA Today's Mike Garafolo said he "took the pulse" of minority head coaches and executives Thursday night. "Furious" was a good way to describe their reaction, he wrote on Twitter.
Discussions of race always are heated in this country, but there's no denying football is a predominantly African-American sport that has taken a step back in hiring minorities as head coaches and in the front office. Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports recently wrote two excellent pieces on the issue, pointing out that Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is the only African-American offensive play-caller in the league. (And Caldwell just got that position in December.)
"This is a legitimate topic of discussion among the rank-and-file and, especially, among African-American coaches and front-office executives who are frustrated with the current state of affairs," Silver wrote.
This is a dilemma without easy solutions, but it's a topic not far from the minds of NFL players, coaches and others around the league. A common response by fans, that we live in a post-racial world, is laughable. The NFL's Rooney Rule, to its credit, recognizes otherwise. Perhaps more needs to be done.
Leave it to a Jew to write such a pathetic race baiting article.NFL statement on Rooney Rule compliance, coach/GM hirings
Statement by NFL EVP of Human Resources Robert Gulliver on hiring of head coaches and general managers:
"While there has been full compliance with the interview requirements of the Rooney Rule and we wish the new head coaches and general managers much success, the hiring results this year have been unexpected and reflect a disappointing lack of diversity.
"The Rooney Rule has been a valuable tool in expanding diversity and inclusion in hiring practices, but there is more work to do, especially around increasing and strengthening the pipeline of diverse candidates for head coach and senior football executive positions. We have already started the process of developing a plan for additional steps that will better ensure more diversity and inclusion on a regular basis in our hiring results.
"We look forward to discussing these steps with our advisers to ensure that our employment, development and equal opportunity programs are both robust and successful."
Has it ever occurred to anyone that they want to hire the best man for the job and their team situation, regardless of their tan? Does the candidate have Blue eyes? A full head of hair? Wear the right color shirt? All of that has nothing to do with his ability to help a team win. With winning at such a high priority, I cannot believe that skin color enters into the discussion. Look at the sidelines. Really? You think tan matters?
If we're concerned about diversity in our coaches, why aren't we concerned about diversity in our players? It seems like the Icelandic, Vietnamese and Indonesian people are underrepresented in the NFL. I don't mean to be sarcastic (okay, actually I really do) but, I'm just saying.
I am all for equal rights but not at the cost of skill! I am so getting sick and tired of people playing the race card.