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    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...
    In the late 1990s, then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue initiated meetings with minority assistant coaches throughout the league. Tagliabue sought input on why so few of them were being considered for head coaching and even coordinator positions. One of the men he met with was Ted Cottrell, whose defenses in Buffalo were so prepared and efficient that they dominated an AFC East that included Dan Marino quarterbacking the Miami Dolphins. Cottrell, who never landed that head coach position despite coordinating some superb defenses for the Bills, Jets, Vikings and Chargers, recalls Tagliabue’s passion for equity in hiring; the uneven playing field in which Cottrell and his Black peers were working; and Cottrell’s own outspokenness when asked about the inequitable situation. “It was eight minority coaches and we met with him … just to sit down and talk with us and hear our thoughts about what was going on and what we thought the direction we should go to improve it,” the now-retired Cottrell says. “He was genuinely concerned about the lack of minorities in power positions: head coaches, coordinators or working...
    Luke Fickell, Cincinnati Bearcats. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports Texas football is in a downward spiral in the first year under Steve Sarkisian after an upset loss to Kansas, their fifth straight defeat.  Hopes were once again high for Texas football with the arrival of new head coach Steve Sarkisian, who the Longhorns lured away from Alabama where he was the offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide. But those high hopes have quickly dissipated. Entering Saturday, the Longhorns had lost four straight games and were absolutely reeling. The good news seemed to be that they were at home against the perennial Big 12 bottom-dweller in Kansas. That, however, was not the case. Kansas had Texas on the ropes for 60 minutes as the Longhorns needed a 21-point comeback to force overtime. But in the extra frame, the Jayhawks went for the two-point conversion rather than the tie and got it, notching the massive upset. The vibes in Austin are not good, particularly for Steve Sarkisian. It’s starting to feel as if Texas could’ve made a better hire. In particular,...
    Getty John Paxson An NBA general manager has several responsibilities. He or she would need to have a large hand in drafting, trading for and signing players as free agents. There are other important decisions to make as well. According to former Chicago Bulls general manager, the toughest part of the job for him was hiring the right coaches. Paxson was a guest on Stacey King and Mark Schanowski’s Gimme the Hot Sauce podcast on Thursday, and he talked about the challenge and a mentor who was very good at it. Play GTHS E 44 John Paxson 3x NBA ChampionSpecial treat for Bulls fans this week as John Paxson joins the show to share stories of teaming up with Stacey on the Bulls’ first 3-peat team & reflects on the highs & lows of his run as head of basketball operations. Plus, Stacey’s trip to Oklahoma for Alumni weekend, Stinger’s haircut & Southside Suzy…2021-09-03T14:58:38Z John Paxson Says the ‘Hardest Thing to Do’ is Hiring a Good CoachPaxson gave former Bulls general manager Jerry Krause credit...
    Rescue efforts continue for 12 missing people in Gulf of Mexico after boat capsizes off Louisiana US announces sweeping sanctions on Russia over cyber hack A majority of the men's head coaches hired thus far are Black, addressing a serious problem in the NCAA ranks. The Derek Chauvin trial currently playing out in Minnesota serves as context for what got us here, to a place of small progress in college basketball. The sports world cannot fix serious societal issues, but it can react to them, and the death of George Floyd beneath the knee of a white cop, among other traumatic events in the spring of 2020, spawned a reckoning on U.S. college campuses. In one corner, at least, an embarrassment is being addressed. Black men’s basketball coaches are being hired at a significant rate. Athletes spoke up. Athletes marched. Athletes voted. College administrators—and many others—performed some self-examination. And upon reflection, the overwhelming whiteness of head coaches in college hoops was unjustifiable. Less than a year later a market correction of sorts has been underway. Of the 45...
    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...
    By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — NFL players and their union want the league to continue fighting for social justice and they’re still seeking an increase in the number of minority coaches. After briefly joining NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage Thursday to highlight the remarkable collaborative effort it took to reach the Super Bowl on time, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith urged the league to make more progress. Two minorities were hired for seven head coach openings this offseason. There were three Black head coaches when the Rooney Rule was adopted in 2003 and there are three now, despite several changes to the rule to help promote more opportunities. “When you look at the recent round of coaches and hirings, the nicest thing I can say is not good,” Smith said. “I believe that we should move to a system where there is somebody in charge at the National Football League of diversity inclusion. I think you have to increase transparency about what’s going on in the hiring process. I think you have to...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — NFL players and their union want the league to continue fighting for social justice and they’re still seeking an increase in the number of minority coaches. After briefly joining NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage Thursday to highlight the remarkable collaborative effort it took to reach the Super Bowl on time, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith urged the league to make more progress. Two minorities were hired for seven head coach openings this offseason. There were three Black head coaches when the Rooney Rule was adopted in 2003 and there are three now, despite several changes to the rule to help promote more opportunities. “When you look at the recent round of coaches and hirings, the nicest thing I can say is not good,” Smith said. “I believe that we should move to a system where there is somebody in charge at the National Football League of diversity inclusion. I think you have to increase transparency about what’s going on in the hiring process. I think you have to increase accountability where we actually...
    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...
    12 New and Returning Netflix Series Were So Ready to Binge This February Jeff Bezos’ Most Outrageous Business Failures Eric Bieniemy still isnt an NFL head coach, and every excuse why falls flat Every year around this time, the NFL coaching carousel winds down. And every year around this time, the league’s stunning lack of diversity in its front-facing leadership positions rears its ugly head. This year is no different. Oh, we’ve got a bit of a respite at the general manager spot, as two African Americans — Brad Holmes and Terry Fontenot — have been named general managers of the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, respectively. That brings the league-wide total of Black GMs to *checks notes* four.  Yeah, that’s still not good enough for a league that’s 69 percent Black. But the lack of diversity on the head coaching side? After everything the NFL has done to improve in this area, including the recent tweaking of the Rooney Rule, this remains a flat-out embarrassment. Of the five head coaching jobs that have been filled this cycle, only...
    David Shaw, Stanford Cardinal. (Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports) What could have been for Texas football had they not hired Tom Herman and went with one of these coaches instead.It has been a frustrating first four years with Tom Herman as the Texas football coach. Deemed as the next great coaching prodigy under Urban Meyer, Herman had remarkable success in his two years leading the Houston Cougars. He went 22-4 overall, including earning the Group of 5’s New Year’s Six bowl bid in his first year in 2015. However, in four years with Texas, he is 31-18 overall and has yet to win a Big 12 Championship Game. Herman has been on the hot seat but after Texas’ flirtation with Meyer fizzled, coupled with his $25 million buyout, Herman may get another year on the job. However, it’s hard not to play the what-if game and wonder how Texas football would have fared if they hired one of these coaches instead of Herman in the first place.Texas football would be in a better position if they hired David Shaw...
    Urban Meyer, FOX. (USA Today) The Dallas Cowboys appear to have made a huge mistake in hiring Mike McCarthyMike McCarthy’s first six games as the Dallas Cowboys head coach have been disastrous. Though “America’s Team” leads the NFC East through six weeks, that division is absolutely putrid. The Cowboys are a deplorable 2-4 with their two wins being over the flightless Atlanta Falcons and the equally pitiful New York Giants, as both are 1-5 through six games. It is abundantly clear owner Jerry Jones didn’t want a head coach who would challenge him and he’s paying a price for it.Here are three coaches who would have been better hires over Mike McCarthy. 3 Urban Meyer Former Head Coach Ohio State Buckeyes The taking a former college head coach and bringing him into the NFL is a tricky proposition, but it seems to have worked out just fine with two of the latest examples of this. Kliff Kingsbury has his Arizona Cardinals looking very much like a playoff team in year two. Matt Rhule has has done a great job in...
    Listing the NFL’s highest-paid coaches is tricky since only a handful of their annual salaries are known via media reports. For the most part, the specifics of pay for NFL coaches is elusive. For example, six-time Super Bowl champion Patriots coach Bill Belichick is recognized as the NFL’s highest-paid coach even though nobody outside of New England actually knows how much money he makes. As recently as two years ago, ESPN reported Belichick’s salary was $10 million per year, and Pro Football Talk countered with a report that Belichick was making $12.5 million per year. MORE: The NFL’s highest-paid players in 2020 Other NFL coaching salaries are more openly known. First-year Panthers coach Matt Rhule, for example, is on a seven-year deal that could pay him up to $10 million per year if certain incentives are hit. Rhule’s base pay is a reported $8.86 million. PFT’s Mike Florio recently explained why so much about NFL coach salaries remains unknown, and that the highest-paid coaches in the league are actually earning more than what the numbers suggest. “As one source...
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