NFL needs to do even more to improve Rooney Rule

Practically precisely a year back, Steelers group president Art Rooney II yielded the Rooney Guideline didn’t work as planned in the 2020 employing cycle and required tweaking. Rinse. Repeat.

Rooney has comparable ideas on the employing procedure in 2021 regardless of growth of the guideline.

“There’s still work to be done in this area, no question about it,” Rooney stated today, by means of the Associated Press.

The 7 NFL groups with openings this cycle talked to 11 minorities and 16 whites and just 2 of the tasks were filled by minorities. The Jets worked with Robert Saleh, who is of Lebanese descent, and the Texans worked with David Culley, who is Black.

Significantly, Chiefs offending organizer Eric Bieniemy once again did not get a head training job.

Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Miami’s Brian Flores and Washington’s Ron Rivera are the just other minority head coaches.

“We didn’t make as much progress on the head-coaching side as we would have liked,” Rooney stated. “But I would say we did make some progress on the General Manager side, which is encouraging. And then we’ll have to look on the coordinator side to see how much progress we make on that front.

“There are a lot of pieces to it that we’re going to have to sit down when it’s all said and done and really analyze what happened, and are there things we can do to strengthen the opportunities for minority coaches. I think last year we did take a number of steps that I think over time are going to pay dividends, but that’s not to say we can’t do more, and we’ll take another strong look at it this offseason.”

Minorities filled 2 of the 7 General Supervisor jobs, with Terry Fontenot going to Atlanta and Brad Holmes to Detroit. Cleveland’s Andrew Berry and Miami’s Chris Grier are the other Black General Managers in the league.

Art Rooney II: NFL requires to do a lot more to enhance Rooney Guideline initially appeared on Pro Football Talk

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.