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