Last week, the National Football League held its annual league meetings and all the team’s head coaches were put on display for a photo, with some not being able to attend.
Despite some absent coaches, it was obvious that one thing was very small in this group, and that was minority representation.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who wasn’t there on this day, also noticed this fact.
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“It was a disappointing hiring cycle for someone who watches it like I do,” Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette … “knowing some of the deserving men I do who I thought should have gotten an opportunity and didn’t.”
“But we’ll continue to work and fight for equality and opportunity.”
The NFL fired some 8 head coaches this past season, with five of them being African-American, and replaced them all with Caucasian head coaches, except for the Miami Dolphins who hired Brian Flores.
That leaves only three Black head coaches in the entire league.
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“We’ll continue to fight for [equality within opportunity], not only in terms of head coaching searches, but maybe other areas of the profession as well.”
“I know there’s some discussions in the offseason regarding some of that.”