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
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.