Dear NFL Front Offices, Stop Stringing These Guys Along
Another title I have for this post is “Why I’m on the Fence About the Rooney Rule.” I’m going to briefly touch on that first. I didn’t intend to write another post concerning this situation with “minority” coaches getting an opportunity to become head coaches or GMs in the NFL because I wrote about this in a post similar to this one a few years ago. What made me revisit this is a post I read two weeks ago that talked about the landscape of minorities in head coaching positions in the NFL or the lack thereof after the firing of now former Houston Texans head coach David Culley.
As I’m writing this, the NFL currently has nine head coaching vacancies, and one GM opening. As it usually happens around this time of the year, the Rooney Rule is implemented with the supposed purpose to give individuals who are considered minorities an opportunity at positions that normally would be excluded from them such as head coach or a front office position. I think it’s sad that it has to come down to this, but this is where we are.
Honestly, I’m on the fence about the concept and the reason why is on one end, yes, it gives individuals an opportunity that wouldn’t have been presented to them some 50 or more years ago. I think that opportunity has been given begrudgingly, however, the possibility of them getting one of these positions is now there.
What I don’t like about it is — and this takes me to the main title of this post — aside from forcing people to do things, it gives these front office executives the ability to do what they’ve always done, but more covertly. Basically, they’re stringing these guys along. They know good and well at least 8 times out of 10 they’re not going to hire or seriously consider these guys for any of these positions, most of them are just going through the emotions and filling a quota.
An added reason most of them are doing it is because of the incentive by the NFL that if they hire a minority, they will receive compensatory picks, which I think is an insult to these guys. It gives me another reason to think that they’re not being sincere during the hiring process.
Personally, I say don’t force people to do anything. If they choose to interview/consider a minority, let them do it at their own discretion. I say, if you want your white man (to coach or be the GM your team) get your white man. If you’re going to interview or hire them, do it because you think they’re qualified or potentially qualified, not to keep (Roger) Goodell and Co. off your backs. Cut the crap. Stop stringing these guys along.