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    A Washington Post exposé reveals the candid experiences of Black head coaches in the NFL, of which there have only been 26.  Earlier this year, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a discrimination lawsuit against the NFL as result of his interview experiences with the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. Nearly two decades after the NFL implemented the Rooney Rule, Black coaches continue to be largely shut out of top jobs. And the problem is only getting worse. https://t.co/AT8GXzSmk6 pic.twitter.com/qpNfEUxALM — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 21, 2022 The 58-page lawsuit detailed the history of the NFL’s coaching hires, shedding light on the fact that franchises such as the Washington Commanders were once owned by George Preston Marshall, who refused to racially integrate his team. The Commanders have done away with his legacy, and by filing the lawsuit, Flores hoped to change the culture of the NFL and its hiring practices, which are still influenced by “systemic racism”, according to Flores. Statement from Brian Flores: "God has gifted me with a special talent to...
    (CNN)Black NFL head coaches regularly perform about as well as White NFL head coaches yet face significant hurdles to getting and keeping their jobs, according to a Washington Post analysis published Wednesday.Titled "How the NFL Blocks Black Coaches," the in-depth story examines the short history of Black NFL coaches, dating to when Art Shell was hired by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1989 as the first Black head coach in modern history. Since then, there have been 191 people hired as head coaches, yet just 24 have been Black -- a "glaring shortcoming" for a league in which a majority of the players are Black, the Post notes.This season, there are three Black head coaches: Todd Bowles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lovie Smith of the Houston Texans and Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers. That is the same number of Black head coaches as in 2003, when the NFL -- facing pressure for its lack of representation -- introduced a new policy known as the "Rooney Rule" requiring teams to interview at least one candidate of color for head...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two Black coaches joined Brian Flores on Thursday in his lawsuit alleging racist hiring practices by the NFL when there are vacancies for coaches and general managers. The updated lawsuit in Manhattan federal court added coaches, Steve Wilks and Ray Horton. READ MORE: Multiple Vehicles Involved In Crash After Tree Falls Across Rt. 51 In Forward Twp.The lawsuit said Wilks was discriminated against by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 when he was hired as a “bridge coach” but was given no meaningful chance to succeed, while Horton was subjected to discriminatory treatment when he was given a sham interview for the Tennessee Titans head coach position in January 2016. Flores also criticized the NFL in the rewritten lawsuit for its response to the lawsuit he brought against it and its teams several weeks ago. The lawsuit added the Houston Texans to the teams Flores has alleged discriminated against him, saying the Texans engaged in “blatant retaliation” by removing him from consideration for its head coach vacancy after he sued the league. In a release from the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Two Black coaches joined Brian Flores on Thursday in his lawsuit alleging racist hiring practices by the NFL when there are vacancies for coaches and general managers. The updated lawsuit in Manhattan federal court added coaches Steve Wilks and Ray Horton. The lawsuit said Wilks was discriminated against by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 when he was hired as a “bridge coach” but was given no meaningful chance to succeed, while Horton was subjected to discriminatory treatment when he was given a sham interview for the Tennessee Titans head coach position in January 2016. Flores also criticized the NFL in the rewritten lawsuit for its response to the lawsuit he brought against it and its teams several weeks ago. The lawsuit added the Houston Texans to the teams Flores has alleged discriminated against him, saying the Texans engaged in “blatant retaliation” by removing him from consideration for its head coach vacancy after he sued the league. In a release from the lawsuit’s attorneys, Wilks said he hoped the lawsuit would help bring racial equality to the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Los Angeles Rams took home the Lombardi Trophy last weekend after beating the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI in Inglewood. The big game is a welcomed event for any U.S. city, but this year’s big game held a deeper meaning. READ MORE: Westbound I-80 Reopens At Yolo Causeway After Carjacking Suspect CrashesAllegations of unfair hiring practices from former Miami Dolphin’s coach Brian Flores, who cited racism, has California’s Legislature calling on the NFL to make changes. But for local lawmakers, the home turf taste of victory last weekend was bittersweet. “We’ve seen a lot of very qualified African American coaches, and they just never seem to rise to become head coaches,” said Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. of the 59th District. After Flores cited racist hiring practices by the NFL, the California Legislative Black Caucus demanded answers in an open letter written directly to the league. “We need to be able to have a frank discussion about what’s really going on when it comes to picking a leader of these national football teams,” Jones-Sawyer said. In...
    Washington (CNN)A version of this story appeared in CNN's Race Deconstructed newsletter. To get it in your inbox every week, sign up for free here.Hip-hop took center stage during a glorious and historic Super Bowl halftime show last Sunday, yet the lineup felt at least a little bit strange, given that the NFL is in the thick of another controversy over race and racism.During the show, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar put on a dynamic spectacle that reminded audiences that hip-hop and its apostles have always grappled with questions of race and power. For instance, Eminem ended his 2002 anthem "Lose Yourself" by taking a knee -- a clear reproduction of Colin Kaepernick's protest against anti-Black police brutality. And Dr. Dre reiterated that he's "still not lovin' police."Yet the performance arrived at a moment when the NFL is being forced to examine racial hierarchies within its own orbit. Indeed, the league has a history of "doing things only when absolutely forced," the journalist Jemele Hill told CNN.Brian Flores, the former head coach of the...
    Ana Navarro praised the Super Bowl halftime show but said the NFL’s celebration of rap music on Sunday in Los Angeles does not absolve the league for its lack of Black head coaches. Sunday, much of the country watched rappers Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar perform on stage with R&B singer Mary J. Blige. The roughly 14-minute performance was hailed as one of the best shows in years, and celebrated as a blast from the past from one of hip-hop’s golden eras. Still, the league’s embrace of Black culture does not absolve the league for failing to offer black candidates head coaching positions, per Navarro. On The View on Monday, she commented on the halftime show, referring to it as “great”: I thought, just when you thought you had seen, then there would be somebody else showing up on top of that rooftop. Let me tell you, I did get a little nervous when I saw 50 hanging from the, you know,  rafters… I was like, ‘Oh my God, he’s upside down, he’s singing upside down, I hope he’s holding...
    President Joe Biden called out the NFL ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday for its lack of black coaches, saying having diverse leaders in the league is a requirement of 'generic decency.' In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt on Sunday, he demanded that the NFL improve its record of promoting head coaching diversity in the wake of recent allegations of racism. Currently, just two of the league's 32 coaches are black.  Biden told NBC that he agreed with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who on Wednesday said the league had 'fallen short' on hiring minority coaches. 'The whole idea that a league that is made up of so many athletes of color, as well as so diverse, that there's not enough African American qualified coaches to quote, 'to manage,' these NFL teams, it just seems to me that it's a standard that they'd want to live up to,' Biden said. 'I don't know if there's not a requirement of law, but it's a requirement I think of some just generic decency,' he added.  NBCUniversal Privacy Policy Lovie Smith, who...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden waded into the controversy surrounding the NFL's hiring practices in an interview that aired Sunday, stating it's "just some generic decency" to ensure more head coaching opportunities for Black and minority candidates. "The whole idea that a league that is made up of so many athletes of color, as well as so diverse, that there's not enough African American qualified coaches to manage these NFL teams? It just seems to me that it's a standard that that they'd want to live up to," Biden told NBC News' Lester Holt in an interview that aired before the Super Bowl. "It's not a requirement of law, but it's a requirement I think of just some generic decency."The President's comments follow a federal class-action lawsuit filed last week by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who accused the league, along with three NFL franchises, of racial discrimination. Flores and other critics of the NFL are calling into question the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule, which was adopted in 2003 and has mandated teams conduct at least one head-coaching...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran NFL coach Anthony Lynn designed a personal defense in response to the league policy that requires teams to interview minority candidates for their top jobs. While he appreciates the intent of the policy, Lynn, who is Black, long ago added his own amendment to it: As his star rose as one of the league’s top assistants in the mid-2010s, Lynn would only meet with teams to discuss a head coaching vacancy if they had already brought in at least one other minority candidate, something the so-called Rooney Rule didn’t require until 2021. READ MORE: UPDATE: Police Identify San Francisco Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting At BART's Civic Center Station“I just didn’t want to be a token interview,” Lynn, the Black assistant head coach of the San Francisco 49ers told The Associated Press. “I really believe in the spirit of the Rooney Rule, but I just saw how people were abusing it and I didn’t want to be a part of that.” The rule is named after former Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who oversaw the league’s...
    Black NFL coaches lament hiring policies that fall short The NFL’s uneven track record in terms of hiring minority head coaches has come under fire following a class-action federal lawsuit filed by former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores. Flores, who is Black, sued the NFL, three teams and others, claiming the league’s hiring practices for coaches and general managers is racist and that the league is “rife with racism” even as it publicly condemns it. More than 70% of the players in the NFL are non-white. Flores’ lawsuit comes nearly 20 years after the NFL instituted what is known as the “Rooney Rule,” which initially required teams to interview at least one external minority candidate for a head coaching vacancy. Critics say it simply does not lead to head coaching jobs for minority candidates and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the league is “not having the success we want.” A look at how the NFL got here and possible solutions to an issue that is not unique to the league. WHAT IS THE ROONEY RULE? Adopted...
    INGLEWOOD (CBSLA) – Facing a litany of questions over allegations of racist hiring practices and limited numbers of Black head coaches and league executives, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in Inglewood Wednesday the league will undergo a thorough evaluation of its practices to identify where improvements can be made. Byron Allen and his wife Jennifer Lucas attend the 2021 LACMA Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci at the L.A. County Museum of Art on Nov. 6, 2021. (Getty Images) READ MORE: Rams Hold Practice In Rose Bowl Because Of Santa Ana WindsAnd he said he has had multiple discussions with Los Angeles media mogul Byron Allen, who could become the NFL’s first Black majority team owner if he follows through with a bid to purchase the Denver Broncos. “We have met with Byron a couple of times, both myself personally as well as our staff,” Goodell said outside SoFi Stadium Wednesday during his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference. “He is not the only individual that’s interested in buying an NFL team that is Black. Allen, who began...
    Veteran NFL coach Anthony Lynn appreciates the league policy that requires teams to interview minority candidates for their top jobs, and he has even benefited from it. Like many of his peers, though, the assistant head coach for the San Francisco 49ers believes the policy has fallen short of its good intentions: There were three non-white head coaches when the rule went into effect in 2003; today, there are five. The figure has risen and fallen slightly over the past 20 years, but skepticism about NFL hiring practices has remained steady among minority job candidates even after the league introduced the so-called Rooney Rule, named after former Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who oversaw the league’s diversity committee. Lynn, who is Black, long ago added his own personal amendment to the Rooney Rule: As his star rose as one of the league’s top assistants in the mid-2010s, Lynn would only meet with teams to discuss a head coaching vacancy if they had already brought in at least one other minority candidate, something the Rooney Rule didn’t require until 2021. “I just...
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Under a baking California sun, Roger Goodell knew the heat was coming.At his annual Super Bowl news conference Wednesday, the NFL commissioner was grilled on two hot topics that have put the league under heavy scrutiny: racism and discrimination in hiring. There were other issues that don't shine a positive light on pro football, including threats to the integrity of the sport, and misconduct by players and team executives.A week after former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores, who is Black, filed a lawsuit alleging both racism in the league and being offered money by team owner Stephen Ross to tank games, Goodell vowed action on several fronts."We won't tolerate racism. We won't tolerate discrimination," Goodell said. "I found all of the allegations, whether they were based on racism or discrimination or the integrity of our game, all of those to me were very disturbing. They are very serious matters to us on all levels, and we need to make sure we get to the bottom of all of them."That begins with the NFL's poor record for hiring...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Warren Moon, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the first Black quarterbacks to make an impact in the modern NFL, was asked about potentially having an African American own a team, he saw it as an opportunity on many levels. Byron Allen is interested in purchasing the Denver Broncos, who recently were put up for sale by the Bowlen family. “I wish the best for Byron and his ownership group,” Moon said. “I know there will be a ton of competition, but the more the better. The more minority ownership we will have in place, the more it will translate into more jobs in higher positions in the NFL. We’ll have to see how it all plays out.” Thus far, diversity at most levels of the NFL has not played out well. Yes, the numbers are improving, especially in executive positions for women and people of color; there are seven Black general managers among the 32 such jobs. They also are increasing for coordinator positions, particularly the opportunities to interview for...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Lovie Smith reflected on his past in the NFL on Tuesday as he was introduced as the new coach of the Houston Texans, a hire that made him one of five minority head coaches in the NFL. “It’s not often you get a chance to lead three professional football teams,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s a guy who looks like me that’s had the opportunity to do that. So that’s pretty special.” Smith, who is Black, joins Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, New York Jets coach Robert Saleh, Washington’s Ron Rivera, and Mike McDaniel, who was hired Sunday to coach Miami, as the league’s only minority head coaches. The 63-year-old Smith, who spent last season as Houston’s associate head coach and defensive coordinator, previously coached the Chicago Bears for nine seasons and Tampa Bay for two seasons ending in 2015. He takes over for Culley, who is also Black, and was fired after one season. “Coach Smith is one of the most respected figures in the league,” general manager Nick Caserio said. “I think...
    Once again there is a flurry of outrage and media attention to the failure to hire black head coaches in the National Football League. The class action suit brought by former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores brings to the foreground systemic racism of the billionaire owners of NFL teams. Why should we care?  When black leadership is denied in a system dominated by 70% black players then racism is exposed. There is no surprise then when the very thought of a black woman on the Supreme Court raises the ire of many. The NFL problem is not new. In 2003 the league instituted the Rooney Rule to increase the diversity among coaches and senior management positions. At that time there were three black head coaches. Now there is one. There were nine head coaching vacancies at the end of this season. Seven positions have been filled, all with whites except for Miami’s hiring of Mike McDaniel, who is biracial. Despite the persistence of this issue, no strong action has been taken. Just swept under the rug until the next...
    The NFL has a clear diversity problem among its head coaches and according to Stephen A. Smith, the Miami Dolphins hiring a multiracial candidate didn’t do much to help. Sunday night, the Dolphins hired former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel to replace Brian Flores as their head coach. The firing of Flores last month, prompted the now-former head coach to hit the NFL with a lawsuit, alleging racial discrimination within the league and spotlighting their lack of diversity. Although McDaniel is a minority candidate, Smith made sure to note that he doesn’t believe the Dolphins hire helps fix the NFL’s head coaching issue. “That’s how HE identifies as multiracial, okay fine. This was a conversation, last week, about Black men, not getting jobs in the National Football League as head coaches,” Smith said as his First Take co-host Molly Qerim clarified that McDaniel’s father is Black. “I’m not knocking him. I wish him nothing but the best.” “What I’m saying is the conversation, last week, pertaining to the Brian Flores situation is the scarcity...
    Charles Barkley gets paid to talk about basketball, but the Hall-of-Famer often feels forced to address repeated examples of systemic inequality, the latest occurring in the NFL. “I’ve said this before when we were doing the stuff with George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. Man, it’s exhausting being Black,” Barkley said on a recent episode of The Steam Room podcast. “It’s something that’s always coming up,” Barkley continued. “You’re sitting at home, minding your own business and then somebody hits you in the head, and being a limelight Black person, you have to comment on it. Man, I just hope these Black coaches get an opportunity…I want some Black coaches to get the job. If they suck, they get fired. But they deserve an opportunity.” Last week, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores hit the NFL with a lawsuit, alleging racial discrimination within the league’s hiring process. Currently, Mike Tomlin is the only Black head coach employed by an NFL team. Three other teams have minority head coaches, including the Miami Dolphins who recently hired Mike McDaniel. One Black head...
    (CNN)NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will review its diversity, equity and inclusion policies, calling the lack of Black head coaches "unacceptable," in a leaguewide memo sent to club executives and presidents on Saturday. The commissioner's memo comes amid ongoing criticism over the league's lack of diversity in leadership positions and after a bombshell lawsuit filed Tuesday by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores alleging racial discrimination. The NFL made a rule to boost diversity in upper ranks. Its not what my father intended it to be"We have made significant efforts to promote diversity and adopted numerous policies and programs which have produced positive change in many areas," Goodell said in the memo obtained by CNN. "However we must acknowledge that particularly with respect to head coaches the results have been unacceptable."Flores' attorneys on Saturday called Goodell's memo a public relations ploy, adding he has not reached out to them to initiate discussions to promote "real change."In a league in which roughly 70% of the players are Black, only one out of 28 head coaches employed by the...
    Elsa/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Earlier this week, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a lawsuit accusing the league of “systemic racism” and identified examples of teams conducting “sham interviews” with Black coaching candidates without any intention of hiring them. As evidence, he included text messages with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick that seem to show Belichick congratulating Flores for winning the New York Giants coaching job days before Flores had even interviewed. In fact, Belichick had meant to text Brian Daboll, who would eventually be named coach. Roughly 70 percent of NFL players are Black, but the only Black head coach out of 32 teams is Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin.  These are the purported text messages from Bill Belichick to Brian Flores that allegedly implicate the Giants of a “sham” interview. https://t.co/DUCB5pGXwh pic.twitter.com/TNWf72Rl2i — Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) February 1, 2022 Within hours of filing his lawsuit, the NFL released a statement insisting diversity “is core to everything we do” and said Flores’...
    Thursday night, on TNT’s Inside the NBA, Charles Barkley roasted the NFL for its glaring lack of diversity among the league’s head coaches. Currently, the NFL has just one Black head coach, with only three openings left to fill among the league’s 32 teams. The lack of diversity was further highlighted this week when former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores hit the NFL with a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination inside its hiring process. “Never in my WILDEST dreams,” Barkley began to tell his co-hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. “Did you know that we got a better chance of getting a Black woman on the Supreme Court than we do having a Black NFL head coach right now.” “I never thought I’d say that,” Barkley continued. “We’re gonna have a Black Supreme Court before we have a Black NFL coach. What a great country we live in.” Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently announced his intentions to retire at the end of the term and President Joe Biden followed the news by stating...
    And this is my problem with the Brian Flores controversy and the repeated allegations that NFL owners refuse to hire black head coaches. NFL owners will do pretty much anything the players demand they do. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a knee during the national anthem because the players demanded he do so. Jones’ billionaire peers across the league did the same thing. The players control the league. The players forced the owners to hand over nearly $100 million to finance the “Players Coalition,” a vanity project for current and former players to build social media brands as social justice warriors. If NFL players wanted more black head coaches, more black offensive coordinators, they would demand it and it would happen overnight. Players create the hype and buzz around assistant coaches. When a talented and charismatic assistant coach reveals himself on a staff, it’s the players who start gossiping about his impact, his ability to connect, and his relentless work ethic. Brian Flores doesn’t need a lawsuit to get a head coaching job. He needs the support of...
    Former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores put a spotlight on the NFL’s diversity issues when he dropped a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination within the league’s hiring process. During Wednesday’s First Things First on Fox Sports, Nick Wright called it a “statistical impossibility,” that the NFL could employ just one Black head coach randomly, while Black athletes make up 60 percent of the league’s rosters. “If you woke up tomorrow and half of the head coaches in the NHL were Black, would that strike you as a little odd?” Wright asked. “The league is two percent Black and half its head coaches are Black…would you think, ‘well there must be some type of sustained effort, not just a meritocracy that is leading to this.’ Of course you would! Because it’s unimaginable!” Wright said. “But that is exactly what is happening in the NFL on a statistical basis.” With 32 NFL teams and just one Black head coach currently employed, Flores decided to risk his ability to land another job, believing a lawsuit against the league’s minority hiring practices...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Fired Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores sued the NFL and three teams on Tuesday over alleged racist hiring practices for coaches and general managers, saying the league remains “rife with racism” even as it publicly condemns it. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, said the hypocrisy was on display with the chilly treatment Flores received from the Dolphins after he refused to accept a $100,000-a-game offer from the club his first season to “tank” so it could secure the top draft pick. The lawsuit sought class-action status and unspecified damages from the league, the Dolphins, the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants, along with unidentified individuals. Flores, 40, was fired last month by Miami after leading the Dolphins to a 24-25 record over three years. They went 9-8 in their second straight winning season, but failed to make the playoffs during his tenure. In a statement released by the lawyers representing him, Flores said: “God has gifted me with a special talent to coach the game of football, but the need for change is...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Fired Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores sued the NFL and three of its teams Tuesday, saying racist hiring practices by the league have left it racially segregated and managed like a plantation. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court sought class-action status and unspecified damages from the league, the Dolphins, the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants, along with unidentified individuals. Flores was fired last month by Miami after leading the Dolphins to a 24-25 record over three years. They went 9-8 in their second straight winning season, but failed to make the playoffs during his tenure. A message sent to the NFL for comment was not immediately returned. “God has gifted me with a special talent to coach the game of football, but the need for change is bigger than my personal goals,” Flores said in a release put out by the law firm representing him in the case. “In making the decision to file the class action complaint today, I understand that I may be risking coaching the game...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Dolphins, who are still in search of a new head coach, plan for a second round of interviews with a few candidates this week. So who should they settle on? Here’s what Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell thinks: READ MORE: FIU Awarded $12.8M Grant To Design Extreme Wind, Surge & Wave Testing Facility“I think they need an offensive-minded coach, similar to [Byron] Leftwich or Eric Bieniemy. I think Eric Bieniemy would do really well, because he did good with the Kansas City quarterback. So I think if they want somebody to develop Tua, because I know that was the friction, I think Eric Bieniemy is the probably the best thing out there,” he said. A move like that would please former Heat star Chris Bosh. READ MORE: CBS4 Exclusive: Miami Restaurant Owner Feels 'Violated' After Burglar Captured On Cam Ransacking BusinessThe NBA Hall of Famer says he won’t watch the NFL until teams hire more Black head coaches. “Watching the way the NFL is treating Black coaches has me pissed off. Plain and simple. Until they fix...
    Black coaches are good enough to be coordinators in the NFL, but not head coaches. That’s the message the league has been sending, with hopes that it will change this year. There were eight openings soon after the regular season ended Jan. 9, leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin as the only Black head coach among the league’s 32 teams. Since then, there has been speculation about who will get hired and who has been interviewed, but that’s business as usual this time of year. And then no Black coach gets hired. Almost as tiring is the repeated line about “why do teams have to hire Black coaches? Why don’t they just hire the best candidate for the job?” That sounds good in theory, but maybe that question should be asked to the owners. Did former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer and current Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule have more professional experience than defensive coordinators Todd Bowles of Tampa Bay and Leslie Frazier of Buffalo? Really? The last time we checked, the Bills had the...
    (AP) — The NFL has taken several steps to improve diversity among leadership positions, yet Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is the only Black head coach after Brian Flores and David Culley were fired this week. League officials say they want to see immediate improvement. READ MORE: West Virginia Coal Miner Dies After Falling 30 Feet“We’ve been working on this every single day since the hiring cycle ended a year ago and we have to do better,” NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press. “We have high expectations that we should see positive results because the work has been put in.” The work includes adjusting the anti-tampering policy, expanding the Rooney Rule, incorporating virtual interviews and providing owners a database with 5,177 candidates — of which 3,798 self-identified as minorities. “Any criticism we get for lack of representation at the GM and head coach positions, we deserve,” NFL senior VP and chief diversity and inclusion officer Jonathan Beane told the AP. “We see that we’re not where we want to be. We have to do much better. We’re focusing...
    The NFL has taken several steps to improve diversity among leadership positions, yet Mike Tomlin is the only Black head coach after Brian Flores and David Culley were fired this week. League officials say they want to see immediate improvement. “We’ve been working on this every single day since the hiring cycle ended a year ago and we have to do better,” NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press. “We have high expectations that we should see positive results because the work has been put in.” The work includes adjusting the anti-tampering policy, expanding the Rooney Rule, incorporating virtual interviews and providing owners a database with 5,177 candidates — of which 3,798 self-identified as minorities. “Any criticism we get for lack of representation at the GM and head coach positions, we deserve,” NFL senior VP and chief diversity and inclusion officer Jonathan Beane told the AP. “We see that we’re not where we want to be. We have to do much better. We’re focusing on all roles at the league, and all these roles are key roles. “But...
    Nearly 60 percent of NFL players are Black, but as of Thursday afternoon, the league now boasts just one Black head coach. NFL fans and media were stunned to learn the Houston Texans fired head coach David Culley after just one season. A year in which Culley was handed a team in shambles and coached them to four wins. “It dawned upon me that only Mike Tomlin is the last man standing,” Skip Bayless said Friday morning on Undisputed. “The last Black head coach in the National Football League on the eve of the playoffs. It rocked me. Because the gravity of it hit me as we near yet another Martin Luther King Day on Monday. Tomlin has been with the Steelers for 15 years and has never coached the team to a losing season. His resume with Pittsburgh is historically good. But many Black head coaches have not been given the opportunity to build what Tomlin has in Pittsburgh. Instead, they often receive jobs with teams that are expected to fail. And when those teams fail, the Black head...
    And then there was one. David Culley didn’t even last a calendar year with the Houston Texans, as dysfunctional an NFL team as there is. Culley spent 43 years as an assistant in college and pros, but his tenure as a head coach ended after just 17 games. With his firing, the list of Black head coaches in the NFL now contains just one name. Mike Tomlin’s job looks secure, saving the NFL from the embarrassment of having no Black coaches at all. The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t fire coaches and, besides, Tomlin wins two thirds of his games and hasn’t had a losing season in 15 years. He’s got a Super Bowl title, too, if any owners needed any more proof that Black coaches can succeed at the highest levels. You wouldn’t think they would after all these years, but their hiring pattern suggests otherwise. One Black head coach in a league dominated by Black players. One Black coach, 33 years after Art Shell broke the modern era head coaching color barrier with the Raiders. The NFL wants more, or...
    The racial disparity between NFL players and coaches grew wider on Thursday as the Houston Texans fired David Culley after just one season, leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin as the only African-American head coach in a mostly black league. 'One Black head coach left in the NFL,' tweeted USA Today's Mike Freeman. 'Absolutely disgraceful.' Culley's widely reported dismissal follows the Miami Dolphins' decision to fire their black head coach, Brian Flores, after the team went a respectable 19-14 over the last two seasons. A Texans spokesperson did not immediately confirm DailyMail.com's request for confirmation.  African Americans accounted for 57.5 percent of league players in 2020, according to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports. Meanwhile white players comprised 24.9 percent of NFL rosters in 2020, when the league still had four black head coaches.  The NFL tied a record in 2018 with eight African-American head coaches, all but seven of whom have been dismissed.  The Houston Texans fired David Culley after just one season on Thursday, leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin as the NFL's only black head...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Bears could face pressure to hire someone from a minority background for the head coaching job.At the start of the 2021-2022 NFL season the league only had five head coaches of color. Now that's down to four."I think the Bears are under a league pressure on this Black Monday with only a couple of head coaches are Black," said Exavier Pope, a sports legal analyst and host of #SuitUp Podcast."No one is saying you need to give these jobs for free but just go and look for good candidates," said Martenzie Johnson, sports writer for "The Undefeated."There is a lot of speculation on who could be the next coach. Only three players from the Bears Super Bowl championship team have NFL head coaching experience: Leslie Frazier, the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, Hall of Famer Mike Singletar and Ron Rivera, the current head coach of the Washington Football Team.Longtime Chicago Tribune sports columnist Fred Mitchell said he believes the Bears organization will strongly consider coaching candidates from diverse backgrounds."I think it is interesting that...
    Over the past 100 years, around 110 people have owned controlling portions of NFL teams. Of that select group, all but two have been white. This basic head count might offer the simplest explanation for how, even with rules in place for nearly two decades that are designed to improve diversity, the league has struggled to build a pipeline for bringing Blacks and other minorities into coaching and front-office positions. The lead investigator for the latest NFL Inclusion and Diversity Report gives a nod to the less-than-satisfying nature of the numbers in that report by leading off his opening message with the reminder: “Progress is a process.” In 2021, the process produced these statistics: Black players make up about 70% of team rosters but the league has only three Black head coaches, while it had eight in 2011; Black coaches who fail in their first try in the jobs get inordinately fewer second and third chances than their white counterparts; the NFL this year recalibrated its much-celebrated Rooney Rule, which ensures minority candidates for front-office positions are identified...
    Nike Hits New High After Sales Boom Brings Upbeat Forecast Cramers Mad Money Recap: Tesla, Eli Lily, Caterpillar © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The NFL highlighted several minority coaches this week at its Quarterback Coaching Summit in an attempt to improve the number of Black head coaches. Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, praised Texans assistant coach Pep Hamilton, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson and several others who gave presentations during this week’s webinar, Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reports. “We want the best for our game, so this was confirmation that these young men are talented,” Vincent said, via Maaddi. “They’ve developed the best quarterbacks at the collegiate level. Now all of a sudden they can’t develop a quarterback; they can’t call plays. But they’re coaching the top-five draft picks year in and year out. Stop it. We’ve got work to do, but we’re committed to it.” Despite 70 percent of players being minority, the NFL has...
    Getty Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin during a game last season. Late last week Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appeared on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in an effort to draw attention to a longstanding issue: the lack of minority head coaches in the NFL. “I normally don’t talk publicly during the offseason, but this is a critical issue for us,” Tomlin later explained to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “As important as this is for us in the NFL, it’s also important for us as a society.” During his appearance on Real Sports, Tomlin took issue with the fact that several former Black head coaches—Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals), for example—haven’t been able to land second head-coaching jobs. Then, during his discussion with Cook, Tomlin highlighted Eric Bieniemy’s inability to secure a head-coaching job, despite interviewing with six teams earlier this offseason. “Bieniemy is a real head-scratcher for me,” Tomlin told Cook, referring to the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. “Every offensive coordinator Andy Reid has had in the last...
    Loading the player... Mike Tomlin is speaking out about the lack of diversity among NFL leadership. The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach specifically expressed his frustration over Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy being passed to fill a head coaching vacancy. Seven teams changed coaches during or after the 2020 season, per Pro Football Talk, and each team reportedly requested a total of 58 interviews, including with Bieniemy.   “Bieniemy is a real head-scratcher for me,” Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Every offensive coordinator Andy Reid has had in the last 20 years got a head job. One of those guys, Brad Childress, hired me in Minnesota in 2006. Now, Andy has the best offense he’s ever had and [Bieniemy] can’t get a job?”  Read More: NFL star Vincent Jackson, 38, found dead in Florida hotel: report Tomlin is one of only three Black coaches within the NFL, along with Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins and David Culley of the Houston Texans. When Tomlin was hired in 2007  there were six Black head coaches in the league. More than 60 percent...
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    President Joe Biden denounced the lack of Black head coaches in the NFL during an interview that aired during half time of Super Bowl LV.  After seven head coaching vacancies in the league, only one Black head coach – David Culley of the Houston Texans – was hired during this year's hiring cycle. Even after Culley's hiring, there are only three Black head coaches in the NFL – a point of criticism coming from sportscasters, former players and now, the president.  "You've got to go out and look -- there's innumerous, incredibly qualified African American coaches out there," Mr. Biden told Westwood One. While discussing the significance of representation, he brought up his decision to pick Vice President Kamala Harris, the first ever female, Black and South Asian vice president in U.S. history. "When I picked a Black woman to be vice president, I don't know how many hundreds of thousands of little girls just said, 'I can do that. Wow. Wow.' It matters, it matters," he added.  "And I don't understand why they cannot find, because they exist, so...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden lamented the lack of Black coaches in the NFL during a Super Bowl halftime interview Sunday evening, urging teams to emphasize diversity in their hiring process. "You've got to go out and look -- there's innumerous incredibly qualified African American coaches out there," Biden told Westwood One during an interview that aired during halftime of the Super Bowl.The President went on to reference Vice President Kamala Harris -- the nation's first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president -- as he sought to explain the importance of representation in powerful positions. "I don't know how many, when I picked a Black woman to be vice president, I don't know how many hundreds of thousands of little girls just said, 'I can do that.' ... It matters, it matters," the President said. "And I don't understand why they cannot find, because they exist, so many African American coaches that are qualified, that should be in the pros in my view."The NFL has long been criticized for a lack of diversity among top coaching and management positions....
    President Biden said Sunday he would like to see NFL teams hire more Black coaches in future hiring cycles amid an outcry over the lack of diversity among the league’s 32 franchises. The Houston Texans were the only team to hire a Black coach in David Culley. The New York Jets made Robert Saleh the first-ever Muslim head coach in league history. There are five minority head coaches as it stands heading into 2021. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Jim Gray, a Fox News Contributor and legendary sportswriter, asked the president on his Westwood One radio show at halftime of Super Bowl LV if he had any advice for the league going forward. "They’ve got to go out and look, there’s numerous incredible qualified African-American coaches out there," Biden said. "For my administration, I made a commitment that I would have the most diverse administration in American history. I’ve kept that commitment. And what it does, it encourages and it emboldens and gives confidence to so many people who have been left out, so many people, and...
    James Brown didn’t hold back when speaking about NFL owners’ hiring practices before Super Bowl 55.  “When it comes to the hiring of Black head coaches, team and league executives and Black ownership, frankly, the track record is pitiful,” said Brown, the host of the CBS pregame show. Brown’s comments come on the back of a head-coach hiring season that saw one of seven jobs go to a Black man, David Culley, while another went to Robert Saleh, who is of Lebanese descent. For two years, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has been at the center of hiring discussions without actually being hired. MORE: Why isn’t Eric Bieniemy a head coach yet? In this offseason alone, Bieniemy was interviewed by six of the seven teams seeking a new head coach but not hired anywhere. Alex Smith called Bieniemy’s lack of hiring “ridiculous,” Tyreek Hill said it’s “very shocking” and Patrick Mahomes referred to it as “crazy.” Brown brought the statistics to back up his point. According to Brown: Two of the last 20 NFL head coaches hired have...
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    By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer Eric Bieniemy has become the cause celebre when it comes to minority assistants who have been denied the opportunity to become NFL head coaches. Three years as the coordinator of one of the league’s most prolific offenses in Kansas City has led to several interviews for Bieniemy — but no promotions. As Bieniemy prepares for his second straight Super Bowl appearance with the Chiefs, many outsiders point to the failure of teams to hire him as emblematic of a major problem for a league that preaches diversity but has only three Black head coaches among the 32 franchises. “I did not ask be the poster boy of this particular situation that I have experienced,” Bieniemy said Tuesday. “At the end of the day, the only thing that you want to do is be recognized with all the things that you’ve accomplished, and for whatever reason that has not happened. That’s OK, because the only thing I know what to do is to just go back to work and continue chopping wood.” Bieniemy has...
    Eric Bieniemy has become the cause celebre when it comes to minority assistants who have been denied the opportunity to become NFL head coaches. Three years as the coordinator of one of the league’s most prolific offenses in Kansas City has led to several interviews for Bieniemy — but no promotions. As Bieniemy prepares for his second straight Super Bowl appearance with the Chiefs, many outsiders point to the failure of teams to hire him as emblematic of a major problem for a league that preaches diversity but has only three Black head coaches among the 32 franchises. “I did not ask be the poster boy of this particular situation that I have experienced,” Bieniemy said Tuesday. “At the end of the day, the only thing that you want to do is be recognized with all the things that you’ve accomplished, and for whatever reason that has not happened. That’s OK, because the only thing I know what to do is to just go back to work and continue chopping wood.” Bieniemy has accomplished plenty since taking over as...
    Coaches understand before they sign employment contracts that they are hired to be fired, something that’s particularly true in the NFL where the only measure of success is a playoff slot at the end of the season. That’s why there was no real outcry when Anthony Lynn was let go by the Chargers. Lynn’s team went 7-9 this season and some of his head-scratching decisions late in games caused fans to lose their hair. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM That Lynn is Black didn’t matter when it came to getting a pink slip. A half-dozen coaches who weren’t of color were also let go in the annual coaching exodus across the league. Unfortunately, though, it seems being Black still does matter when it comes to getting hired in the first place. And that’s become a problem the NFL seems increasingly unable — or unwilling — to fix. The news Thursday that Philadelphia plans to hire Indianapolis offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as the new head coach of the Eagles is the latest reminder of that. Sirianni seems qualified...
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