Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Three former NFL head coaches, who also happen to be black, believe the league needs to reconsider its "Rooney Rule" for the hiring of minority candidates. The trio cites the fact that all 15 top level vacancies this offseason, eight  head coaching jobs and seven general manager jobs, were filled by white candidates.The Rooney Rule, implemented in 2003, was named for Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who steadfastly pushed the league to require every team to interview at least one minority candidate every time there is a coaching or general manager opening.One of those aforementioned black ex-coaches is Tony Dungy. Dungy became the first black head coach to win a Super Bowl when he lead the Colts to the title in 2006."I know the concept is good and something we need to do," Dungy said. "Obviously, it's not working the way it should."Current ESPN analyst and former coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets, Herm Edwards, thinks the league should even think about revising the name of the rule altogether."When you use the Rooney Rule and not correctly, you put a little bit of a bad mark on Mr. Rooney's name, and that is not good," Edwards said. "If it keeps going this way, we might need to take his name off the rule. It is not being used in the right manner that Mr. Rooney meant it to be."Jim Caldwell, former Colts head man and current offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl bound Ravens, chimed in with his thoughts on the matter."It has been a great rule and it has worked in the past," he said. "Just like anything else, you have to, after a certain period of time, revisit it and take a look and see if it needs a little tweaking. I think it does in this particular case."There are currently nine minority head coaches or general managers in the NFL.Dungy went on to call the entire hiring system as broken, while Edwards speculated whether or not minority candidates are actually considered for jobs or if they are just brought in for an interview to satisfy the rule.A group called the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which is a collection of minority coaches and front-office, scouting and game-day NFL officials, wants the Rooney Rule expanded to apply to coordinators, assistant head coaches and club president positions.Via CBS Sports
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