Skip Bayless has shared his opinion on the lack of diversity when it comes to coaching hires in the NFL.
The FS1 analyst discussed the issue sitting across from Shannon Sharpe on Thursday’s episode of UNDISPUTED, with the topic stemming from Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy failing to land a head coaching job yet again.
Bienemy has helped the Chiefs win two Super Bowls in four years while overseeing the development of Patrick Mahomes, who has blossomed into the best quarterback in the league. However, he has come up short for the 15th straight time in his quest to become a head coach in the NFL.
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Bayless has attributed owners’ hesitance when it comes to hiring black coaches to them not wanting to interact with their families.
“I have been dumbfounded by it,” he remarked. “It has been inexplicable to me, but then in the end, it’s really pretty explicable.
“I’m going to boil it down to: These older White owners just aren’t that comfortable with a Black head coach because they need to interact, they need to go to dinner with the wives or the significants, or whatever, and they’re just not that comfortable.”
The co-hosts also noted that both Philadelphia Eagles coordinators were hired as head coaches this week, with the Indianapolis Colts appointing OC Shane Steichen as their lead man while Jonathan Gannon, a former DC, was hired by the Arizona Cardinals.
“When they do have an interview, it’s gonna be a quicker click with a young White hot candidate,” Bayless declared. “It’s just culture; it’s just the way life is, and I don’t know how to defeat it because each of these guys is an independent owner in the umbrella of the NFL. And it’s hard to legislate, ‘you must hire a Black coach.’”WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.