Is the NFL's Rooney Rule useless? | The Tylt
The Rooney Rule has been under fire lately for the lack of diversity it has generated, despite being designed specifically for that reason. Even with the Rooney Rule in place, there are only three head coaches and one general manager of color in the league. The rule isn't helping the league diversify at all. However, the rule has put many people of color in a position to get jobs, and anything is better than nothing. What do you think? 🏈
Is the NFL's Rooney Rule useless?
The Rooney Rule was supposed to result in more people of color in the NFL. All it's done is give lip service to the league's "commitment" to diversity and nothing else.
All teams have to do is interview diverse candidates before making an official hire. Giving a deserving candidate a job is not covered at all. So instead of hiring accomplished coaches or coordinators, teams are giving mediocre coaches like Adam Gase and college coaches with a reputation like Kliff Kingsbury head coaching positions. There is definitely a bias there.
Throw in the fact that there's only one general manager who is a person of color and you have a rule that has no teeth. The Rooney Rule is terrible and ineffective.
There are problems with the Rooney Rule, but to say it doesn't work is going too far. There were no protections in place for people of color to get a legitimate shot at a high-level football job before the Rooney Rule, which resulted in successful coaches like Dennis Green and Tony Dungy getting fired despite a legacy of success.
The Rooney Rules needs to improve, but it has been helpful in at least forcing teams to give people of color an opportunity to get jobs they were overlooked for before. It has flaws, but the Rooney Rule is still helpful.