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MINORITY HEAD COACHES IN THE NFL

By JEAN SENAT
October 31, 2018

Since the Rooney rule has been impletmented in the NFL, minority coaches have seen a little spark of increase in 2017.  For those of you who might not know the Rooney rule, It is an NFL policy that requires league teams to interview ethinic minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation jobs. 

 

Beginning of the 2017 NFL season, There were 8 minority coaches coaching in the NFL, tying a leauge high since 2011.  The latest additions to a growing number of minority coaches in the NFL in 2017 were, The Denver Broncos Vance Joseph, and the Los Angeles Chargers Anthony Lynn .

 

After the 2002 season, the NFL instituted the "Rooney Rule," requiring NFL teams to interview minority candidates for vacant head coaching positions. Before the "Rooney Rule," there was one minority head coach. Sine the establishement of the "Rooney Rule" in 2003, over the next eight years, that number has grew significantly a record high in 2011 at eight. 

 

There are occassions where teams don't follow the rule to the fullest , but at least the rule gives hope, hope that can lead to more hiring.  However, the rule should be followed accrodingly, and it should not be used to interview minority just for the sake of the rule.   Should the NFL put more restriction on the rule? It remains to be seeing.  What hold true, if a team already have someone they want to hire, there is no reason to follow the rule.   

 

With the firing of Hue Jackson in Cleveland, the number of minority head coaches is at seven.  Could it increase after the 2018-2019 NFL calendar year?  it's possible, but it can also be lowered for the those minority coaches in The hot seat.  One thing that remains true, minority head coaches have less chance to be head coach again based on history.

 

After dropping to just four minority coaches in 2013, the number is again rising, and is now stand at seven, including six African-American coaches.  The rule might not be perfect, but at least it gives the minority a chance to be a head coach.  NFL is doing its part to help minority coaches, what about in the college level, or other pro sports league?  It would great to see a similar wave in the work place, at least given a chance to minority to interview for an executive,or  a manageiral position.

 

SOURCES OF THIS ARTICLES WERE TAKEN FROM WIKIPEDIA.COM & BUSINESSINSIDER.COM.  THIS ARTILCE IS THE SOLE PROPRIOTSHIP OF JEAN SENAT, A CONTRIBUTER OF MYGROUPLINK

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