and this is the trick bag for black coaches, out chea getting all this “experience” just for someone to “see something” in a dude who hasn’t done nearly as much. https://t.co/9LC8x6Z57Z
— bomani (@bomani_jones) January 7, 2020
Critics are slamming the NFL for ignoring the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates during every head-coaching search.
SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER:
There are just three African-American head coaches in the NFL, the same number as when the Rooney Rule was instituted in 2003.
After Eric Bieniemy snub, Joe Judge hire, coaching agent I spoke with projects a small exodus of black assistants from NFL to college ranks. “They’re starting to feel like there’s no future for them in the NFL.”
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) January 7, 2020
“What has the Rooney rule did but give somebody who is not qualified a seven-year $60 million dollar deal that has not done anything at this level?” James Harrison said on Fox Sports, referring to Matt Rhule’s hiring by the Carolina Panthers. “If Dan Rooney was alive today he’d be pissed to see what it has done. So now it has come down to ‘Let’s check a box, we got a minority to get an interview. We checked the box and let’s move on.’”
I wish we could say college is more progressive, but so far 2 black coaches hired for 17 FBS openings. https://t.co/h6qRfz0vzI
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 7, 2020
The NFL is composed of mostly Black athletes, but there’s never been a Black team owner or president, and there’s only been one Black general manager. And for many sports fans, athletes, reporters and analysts, that is a major problem.
Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers and Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins (pictured) are the three black coaches in the league, while white head coaches lead 28 other teams in the NFL. Washington Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera, who was hired last week and is Latino, is the league’s fourth minority head coach and the only one to be hired this cycle.
Following his rant about the NFL’s recent head coach hires, “First Take” host Stephen A Smith took to Twitter to further explain his on-air gripe.
“It was about countless Black folks being passed over, and the latest was for a positional coach – which would’ve NEVER happened if that coach was black. That was the point. I’m quite sure there are legitimate head-coaching candidates who are positional coaches. The real issue is the issue of fairness NOT being accorded to black coaches,” Smith wrote in two separate tweets.
HEAD BACK TO THE BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM HOMEPAGE
25 Best Black Christmas Movies Of All Time
Washed Crooner Aaron Hall Getting Dragged For All The Filth After Rape Accusation With Diddy
This Guy: Aaron Hall Song Lyrics That Haven't Aged Well
Keke Palmer Shuts Down Instagram In A Gold Balmain Mini Dress
Rest In Power: Notable Black Folks Who We’ve Lost In 2023
Tiffany Haddish Arrested For DUI After Falling Asleep Behind The Wheel…Again
Is Lenny Kravitz Invited To The Cookout? Rock Icon's Black Media Support Complaint Sparks Debate
15 Black Movie Soundtracks As Good As The Film Itself