8 NFL head coaches hired, zero minority coaches

Out of 8 head coaching openings, zero minorities were hired. Is this a problem?

1/18/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Bears won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY SportsThe dust appears to be settling, after a flurry of head coaching changes in the NFL.

Eight coaches were fired, and all eight of those positions were filled.

Two of those fired coaches were minorities.

Zero minorities were hired to fill those positions.

10 years into the Rooney Rule era, do we still have a problem?

I'm not sure you can just look at the numbers and immediately say that there's an issue. However, it's worth taking a look at.

The first thing that you need to do is take a look at the guys who were hired, and the guys who were passed over.

Courtesy of Stephen A. Smith, here are a few names of black candidates that could/should have been strongly considered:

Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who is apparently angry that the Cardinals hired Bruce Arians over him.
Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith, who was fired after missing the playoffs thanks to a tiebreaker, and has an 81-63 record as an NFL head coach.
Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, who reportedly interviewed for the Bears and Chiefs jobs.
Former 49ers coach and current Vikings assistant Mike Singletary, who is best known for his epic rant about Vernon Davis.
Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who was previously the interim coach for the Jags after Jack Del Rio was fired.

When you look at the guys who were hired, a few red flags go up immediately.

January 07, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid answers questions from media during the press conference at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsAndy Reid, who has never won a Super Bowl and has only appeared in one of them, was hired by the Chiefs less than a week after being fired by the Eagles, where he has gone 12-20 in the past two seasons, with arguably his most talented teams ever. Is he really the best option for the Chiefs?

Rob Chudzinski, is... well... who the hell is Rob Chudzinski? Where did the Browns find him?

Former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy looked really good with Peyton Manning as his QB, but who hasn't? Was that really the right hire for the Chargers?

Doug Marrone did ok in Syracuse, but was he really the best possible option for the Bills?

I believe Bruce Arians (Cardinals) and Marc Trestman (Bears) were great hires. I also think that Gus Bradley did an excellent job as the Seahawks' defensive coordinator, and deserved to be hired by the Jaguars.

I'm not 100% sold on Chip Kelly, but I believe the Eagles did their due diligence, and I understand why they hired him.

I don't think you can look at the hirings and say there's a problem, simply because eight coaches were hired, and none were minorities. I do, however, think that you can look at some of these hirings, and seriously question whether or not the teams TRULY did their due diligence when they were conducting their coaching search.

Do you think all eight of those teams really gave minority candidates a chance? Or were there a few teams that didn't truly conduct fair interviews and completely adhere to the Rooney Rule? What's your take?
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1/23/13   |   max200220022040

I wish the media would stop saying minorities and just say African American coaches...other minorities don't seem to count.

1/22/13   |   Michaelgarmin6

Wow. Screamin A. Smith thinks not enough minorities were hired in the off season. Stop the presses. he's the biggest racist there is.

1/22/13   |   Thunda   |   223 respect

Not a problem. Lovie Smith will be employed sooner than later. 

1/20/13   |   Nebraska4life

I agree they don't see black or white only green.  If they want to gripe about majority of coaches being white, then I think Rooney's need to also adopt the moron Rooney rule and get more white running backs.  I mean come on, it is the owner's money not the medias, and the Rooney's shouldn't have any say in how anyone else runs their business.

1/20/13   |   ashleyg27a   |   6 respect

No, Its up to the owner and GM to find the best coach for there team, regardless of color.... this is so old, Im sure that If you could motvait a QB,RB and LB to win s they wouldn't care if you came from Mars, or a shade of Green or purple...just find the right guy that fits your team.

1/18/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17673 respect

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If all 8 had been minorities would it be a problem? No, the owners and GM's choose the coaches that best filled their ideas and plans. I find it laughable that when a minority isn't given a job or potentially even interviewed for it, it is racism. But if it goes the other way, that is okay with everyone, the candidate simply wasn't the best qualified for the job. Do I think that there were potential minority coaches out there that deserved to get a job. Yes I do, but I don't own a team, and I didn't conduct the interviews so I don't know why none of them got a job. If guys like Turner and Phillips were getting more opportunities to do nothing with yet another franchise, while minority candidates were being over looked, I might agree that it is a problem. But Andy Reid was the only guy given a job with previous NFL head coaching experience. If you want to argue him fine I'll give you that maybe he didn't deserve another chance so quickly. But that doesn't mean that racism is the reason that no minorities were hired to be NFL head coaches.

1/18/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

I don't know about the race issue when it comes to NFL, however I am glad teams are starting to hire some young, unheard of coaches rather than simply bringing back relics from the past the way they did in the past.  I was glad guys like Cowher, Billick and Gruden all stayed in the media.  I was also glad to see Bruce Arians rewarded for his work in Indy this year.

1/18/13   |   Jess   |   34638 respect

Honestly, and I know a lot of Bears fans hate on Lovie, but it's odd to me that Reid was hired over him anywhere. I don't know if it's a race thing or not, but it's just kind of odd. Of course, I don't know what goes on in the interviews or what these FO's are looking for (besides winners), so there's that.

1/18/13   |   Bobbymcfarland   |   1 respect

Owners do not see black or white. They see green.