The Real Cause of the Lack of Minority Head Coaches

What has really caused the lack of minority head coaches?

1/22/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

You can't attack the top of a building and expect the whole thing to come tumbling down. To solve a problem, you have to attack its roots, and the Rooney Rule does not attack the roots of the NFL's minority head coach problem. There are simply far less minorities qualified to coach an NFL team than there are white qualified head coaching candidates. Most NFL head coaches have coordinated an NFL offense or defense, and the league's recent head coach hires have generally had offense in mind. With one minority offensive coordinator in the NFL last season (who ran the Buffalo Bills' 21st ranked offense), what else could you expect but an absence of minority head coach hires?

I'm not saying that I have a specific solution to this problem, because I don't, but I do know that the Rooney Rule is not getting the job done and never will on its own. The NFL and NCAA need to focus on getting more minorities into the mid-level positions, and that will give them more opportunities to be successful and work their way up to a more prominent role - hopefully an NFL head coaching position. Forcing NFL teams to interview unqualified candidates that they have no interest in is destined to be ineffective.
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1/22/13   |   jaysinw   |   4909 respect

Besides the coaches who were HC in college, and the exception of Mike Shanahan who was the OC in college and took the same position when going to the Broncos. Only Mike Munchak became a HC without ever becoming a QB coach first, with main experience of coaching coming from the offensive side. So it looks like to be an OC you have to be a QB coach first, not just a RB, or WO coach. Just as many coming from the defensive side are LB or DB coaches, not just DL coach. Also only two have been a special team coach in Jon Harbaugh and Bill Belichick, so it looks like if you want to be a head coach in the NFL, be a QB, LB, DB or a college HC first. Just like the chargers I would have loved to see Ollie Wilson get the chance to be the HC, instead of Mike McCoy, or at least get the OC job over Ken Whisenhunt, problem is he has only been a RB coach, never a QB coach so there is a 99.9% chance he will never get either job. Another great coach who will not get a chance will be Don Johnson the DL line coach for the Chargers since '09. So many out there that never get the chance to show what they got as a OC, DC or HC now matter the color of his skin.