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Let’s Talk About The Proposed Changes To The NFL’s Rooney Rule and How Absolutely Fucking Dumb They Are

The NFL has a massive diversity problem when it comes to hiring coaches and executives. The Rooney Rule forces teams to bring in at least one black candidate to interview for any open position but that he turned into quickly bringing in a black guy they have zero intentions of hiring to fill a quota before hiring someone’s white son.

But the NFL is proposing new plans to help encourage teams to hire minorities. It’s not great..

And here are the details of this nonsense:

If a team hires a minority head coach, that team, in the draft preceding the coach’s second season, would move up six spots from where it is slotted to pick in the third round. A team would jump 10 spots under the same scenario for hiring a person of color as its primary football executive, a position more commonly known as general manager.

If a team were to fill both positions with diverse candidates in the same year, that club could jump 16 spots — six for the coach, 10 for the GM — and potentially move from the top of the third round to the middle of the second round. Another incentive: a team’s fourth-round pick would climb five spots in the draft preceding the coach’s or GM’s third year if he is still with the team. That is considered significant because Steve Wilks and Vance Joseph, two of the four African-American head coaches hired since 2017, were fired after one and two seasons, respectively.

If a minority assistant left to become a coordinator elsewhere, his former club would receive a fifth-round compensatory pick. And if a person of color leaves to become a head coach or general manager, his previous team would receive a third-round compensatory pick.

One final provision: Any team that hires a person of color as its quarterbacks coach would receive a compensatory pick at the end of the fourth round if it retains that employee beyond one season. The provision is an attempt to get a more diverse pool of coaches working with quarterbacks, since the trend of late is to hire head coaches with offensive experience — 24 of the past 33 hires have been from the offensive side of the ball — and it’s considered even more beneficial to have worked with quarterbacks. Currently there are only two African-American QB coaches in Pep Hamilton of the Chargers and Marcus Brady of the Colts.

 

The abridged version is that teams that hire brown people will get to move up in the draft. There is something incredibly gross about having to tell owners that if you disingenuously hire a black coach then you get better players in the draft. Ew.

Not only is this basically bribery but even the carrot being dangled on the stick isn’t that impressive. Cool, a better third round pick. Surely owners will be hiring minorities left and right for a chance at a solid backup cornerback.

All this proposal does is make people question the legitimacy of any hiring going forward. Any time someone black gets hired we’ll all wonder if they earned the spot or if the team is trying to improve their draft stock.

Now, it’s important that I state that there is clearly a problem in the NFL when it comes to hiring minorities. 70% of the players are black and there are 4 minority head coaches and 2 black GMs.

And these last few hiring cycles just put a magnifying glass on the whole situation. People hate the idea of forcing teams to hire brown people because color shouldn’t matter and the job should go to who deserves it more and America is a meritocracy and blah blah but if that’s the case then explain to me why Joe Judge—a 38 year old special teams coach—is somehow qualified to be an NFL head coach.

Kliff Kingsbury has done nothing but lose in his coaching career and replaced a black head coach, Steve Wilks, after Wilks coached one losing season. Wilks went 3-13 with rookie Josh Rosen and the worst offensive line in the league. Rosen is a THIRD STRING quarterback right now but yes, Wilks was the problem.

And by the way, my point is that Steve Wilks was a good head coach. He didn’t appear to be. He also wasn’t truly given a chance to prove whether he was good or not. Meanwhile, white coaches like Kliff Kingsbury are able to fail over and over and fail upwards to an NFL job. Kliff Kingsbury won 5 games at Texas Tech and was promoted to Arizona Cardinals head coach. Ok.

Peyton Manning has outwardly credited Jim Caldwell for turning him into the Hall of Famer we all know and love yet he is unable and forgotten but Adam Gase somehow gets multiple opportunities because he was Manning’s offensive coordinator in Denver when Manning broke the single-season touchdown record.

He didn’t develop Peyton into a star. Peyton was a finished product already yet that is somehow the number one thing on Gase’s resume and Caldwell is erased from NFL history. And I don’t think Caldwell was that great of a head coach but neither is Gase. That’s the point.

White people are allowed to be mediocre and black people aren’t granted that. Not only is Gase mediocre but he got the Jets GM fired and essentially handpicked his replacement. Why does Gase have ANY power? Oh, he picked a white GM by the way. Of course he did.

It has been scientifically proven that people prefer to hire people that look like them. The bias is built into our brains. And that’s me being generous and removing the dreaded ‘racist’ word that why people are so terrified to throw out.

There are 32 old white rich owners and we expect them to be progressive and hire black people when they can count on one hand how many black people they’ve ever had a conversation with. Becoming a black GM seems like mission impossible. The amount of code switching and ring kissing that must go down behind closed doors is irritating just thinking about.

I don’t know if teams should be forced to hire black candidates. Yet. But there obviously needs to be a change and I promise you that moving up in the draft or receiving compensatory 4th rounders isn’t going to suddenly diversify coaching rooms.

Even without the changes, the current Rooney Rule is still a joke. The Dallas Cowboys brought in Marvin Lewis knowing damn well they were going to hire Mike McCarthy regardless of what Lewis said in that interview.

Some (dumb) people say the Rooney Rule gives brown candidates experience interviewing and gets them in front of teams which can help them in the future. Ah yes. That is the problem. Black guys don’t know how to interview and Matt Rhule is the best interviewer ever. That’s the huge reason why Rhule was hired by the Carolina Panthers after a 47-43 record in college and Eric Bieniemy—the offensive coordinator of the best offense in the NFL—is still just a coordinator.

Do you want to know why Affirmative Action existed? Because it fucking had to. Companies literally refused to hire brown people until they were legally forced to. Again, I don’t think the NFL is at the point where they need to force teams to do anything. Yet. But it makes more sense to punish teams for a lack of diversity over giving them draft picks or whatever. If you want real change, you need to make people uncomfortable and force change.

I suppose I say all of that to say fuck the NFL.

 

 

 

 


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