Byron Leftwich and Todd Bowles among Jacksonville Jaguars head coach contenders
Despite the insistence of Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers that the wonderful world of sport is a “colorblind meritocracy, âI regret to inform you that no, it actually isn’t. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
I could trot a million examples like at Why this is, but instead, I’m just going to point my finger and laugh at the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which exists only to taunt and torment black head coach candidates. For those unfamiliar with this policy that requires teams to interview minority candidates for senior coaching and front office positions, what is Actually occurs does the teams completely waste the said candidate’s time by alone interview them because they have to. Then they keep hiring any white guy that’s the flavor of the week they wanted to hire in the first placeâdeserving or not-and wash, rinse and repeat.
The star child of this demoralizing cycle of unworthiness is ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, who, as I have previously noted, at “summer on enough fictitious interviews to file fraud charges against LinkedIn.
I also said this:
It is quite clear that the [Rooney Rule] does not work-since 2003, there were 108 vacant head coach positions and only 21 of them were filled by minority candidates– and in urgent need of a drastic overhaul, and by ESPN, the latest changes to the Rooney Rule only appear to increase the embarrassment minority applicants will experience with each hiring cycle.
For those wondering what these âlatest changesâ were implemented in October, let’s get started, courtesy of ESPN:
The NFL has implemented policy changes to the Rooney Rule aimed at further improving diversity, fairness and inclusion in hiring practices.
The rule has been extended to require teams to interview at least two external minority candidates for General / Executive Director of Football Operations positions and all coordinator roles. Previously, the requirement was to interview a minority candidate from outside a team for openings in these positions.
NFL clubs are now required to conduct an in-person interview for at least one external minority candidate for any head coach or general manager opening. All candidate Coordinators and Deputy Directors General can be interviewed virtually, but face-to-face interviews are encouraged.
Translation: Instead of wasting the time of a minority candidate, the league will now waste the time of of them. Yay! Repairs!
This brings us to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In January, they gave the world to college football demigod Urban Meyer, only to have him explode spectacularly in the face. So, with Meyer’s NFL coaching career buried in the backyard somewhere next to Shahid Khan’s goldfish, the team is in desperate need of a savior who will water the organization with a fire extinguisher. and straighten the ship.
But before they inevitably introduce another white messiah, they must first cancel their token interviews. And since Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Bruce Arians did a masterful job bringing in a bunch of top-notch assistant coaches who just happen to be Blackity-Black-Black-Black, the Jags are saying to themselves: “Oh, hey niggas! We have chicken! Go back up!”
OK, seriously: is it a distant possibility that Leftwich – who once played for Jacksonville once – or Bowles could become the Jags’ next head coach? Sure! But history has taught us that the chances of that happening are slim, and it’s also impossible to ignore that they probably wouldn’t even get interviews if – wait –the Rooney rule was not in place.
Although Urban Meyer threw a burst grenade at TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville is still a desirable landing spot for the next potential head coach. Trevor Lawrence has shown huge promise despite a hectic rookie campaign, and with a patient owner and plenty of cap space at his disposal, the Jags won’t be world beaters anytime soon, but with the right gestures. , respectability is just around the corner.
It only remains to be seen if a black head coach will have the opportunity to help change the course of the team.