Originally posted by blizzuntz:
I think its a good rule with good intentions. Even if a candidate is a token interview, it could give a young upcoming minority good media exposure. That exposure recognizes the candidates accomplishments and exposes him for future jobs.
You dont see it as condescending though? The NFL is basically telling them "Here, since you probably wont be able to get promoted on your own merits, were going to make teams interview you so they can see how promising you are."
NFL teams arent hiring based on skin color. Theyre hiring based on who can win them Super Bowls. If that guy is a minority, they will find him. You think a guy like Mike Tomlin needed the Rooney Rule to get a job?
The problem is more likely that not enough minorities are becoming coaches in the HS/College ranks. The NFL is the cream of the crop. Only 32 jobs exist, and when the vast majority of pro football coaches are white, what does the NFL expect is going to happen? Do they want a team to hire a guy because hes not white? He has to be the best man for the job.