When it comes to hiring minority coaches in the National Football League, the league continues to struggle to get it done, no matter what they try and do to correct the problem.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was reportedly among those who spoke “passionately” about the league’s issues during the recent owner’s meetings in Florida.
“One source said that Carroll’s comments were sufficiently strong to make people in the room uncomfortable to the point of angry. Another source wasn’t sure if the remarks actually did or should have angered those in the room,” Pro Football Talk reported.
The latest minority hiring came by way of Bruce Arians retiring from head coaching and having Todd Bowles take over a Super Bowl-contending team.
Just six people of a minority background are currently head coaches in the NFL: Mike McDaniel (Miami Dolphins), Ron Rivera (Washington Commanders), Robert Saleh (New York Jets), Lovie Smith (Houston Texans), Todd Bowles (Tampa Bay Bucs), and Mike Tomlin (Steelers).
Last week, the National Football League announced a new rule that requires all 32 teams to hire an offensive coach who is “a female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority” for the 2022 season.
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II, the chairman of the NFL Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, said the rule is designed to increase opportunities for women and people of color to get hired in top positions.
“We clearly do not have as many minorities in the offensive coordinator [job],” Rooney said.
“It’s really an effort to try to bring more talented minority coaches to the offensive side of the ball, both within the league and hopefully attract those talented individuals from the college ranks,” he added.