I do not remember any off seasons where Coaching hires became a bigger story than the actual Super Bowl. If you look at what sportswriters are scribing about the last week and a half. It’s been more about the NFL’s diversity issue and how Brian Flores former Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins has been treated as a Coach and as a Coaching Candidate.
Coach Flores lawsuit has been filed with the intention of pushing team owners and general managers to hire minority candidates.
There were nine coaching openings start the off season. Two of them were created by two black coaches being fired.
David Culley who was never long for the Texans job anyway, and Brian Flores who many people were shocked he was fired. That left the league with only one black head Coach, and two other Minority coaches in Robert Saleh in New York (Jets), and Ron Rivera (Commanders).
Nine Head Coaching Jobs and not one of them was filled by one of the most productive offensive coordinators in the NFL Eric Bieniemy. The Chicago Bears hired a Black General Manager in Ryan Poles who spent his time cutting his teeth in where else, but Kansas City, yet Bieniemy.
The Offensive Coordinator for the Chiefs never got as much as a call for an interview. Someone explain that to me please. The Minnesota Vikings hired analytics heavy Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their General Manager, and he and the Minnesota Vikings brass decided to hire Kevin O’Connell, the LA Rams Offensive Coordinator.
O’Connell a fine coaching prospect and a great young offensive in the game, is a great hire, but just wondering why a black GM does not even give a chance to an OC like Bienemy nor gives Brian Flores a call for an interview.
The last three job openings were filled over the last few days. Miami going with multi-racial candidate from the San Francisco 49ers, Mike McDaniel, who spent a lot of his assistant coaching days with Kyle Shanahan. Dennis Allen a retread coach gets a second opportunity at being a head man as he was named the Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints.
Allen had been mentioned for that job and it’s an internal hire some not entirely shocking. The hire that really surprised everyone was the Houston Texans hiring Lovie Smith. Smith was never even mentioned as a candidate through most of the process.
Many close to the organization believed that the team wanted to hire Josh McCown as the Head Coach who has exactly zero Head Coaching experience at any level of football. He was a voluntary assistant with his son’s high school team.
It’s also believed that someone from the league office called down to the Texans and leaned on them to hire someone else in light of the league’s Diversity issues.
Nine head coaching openings and two were minority hires. Neither of those hires were two of the most qualified guys in the market. Now five head coaches in the league are minorities.
There’s still lots of work to be done. The Rooney Rule needs to be tweaked, and there should be a pipeline of minority candidates need to be created so there are young men and women can start preparing the to be the future coaching ranks.