Roger Goodell says NFL will look at Rooney Rule changes
After another cycle that saw no black head coach hirings in the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that the league needs to take a look at the Rooney Rule.
While the rule has largely been followed by NFL teams, ensuring that minority coaches have access to the interview process, those coaches continue to not be hired. The only minority to find a job this offseason is Ron Rivera, who had an established resume and vast experience as a head coach already.
Goodell admitted Wednesday in his annual state of the league press conference that the league will take a look at the rule.
“Clearly, we are not where we want to be on this level,” Goodell said, via Nick Shook of NFL.com. “We have a lot of work that’s gone into not only the Rooney Rule but our policies overall. It’s clear we need to change and do something different.
“There’s no reason to expect we’re going to have a different outcome next year without those kinds of changes and we’ve already begun engaging in those changes. Not just with our diversity committee, not just with the Fritz Pollard Alliance, but others. And trying to figure out what steps we could take next that would lead to better outcomes. It’s clear we’re all committed to doing that, and we have to make those changes. We will have a series of meetings which we’ve already scheduled over the next month to get that kind of dialogue going, to continue the dialogue to try to determine what are the solutions so we can have those better outcomes.”
Goodell’s statements come as the frustration of black assistants at the perceived lack of opportunity really arrive at the forefront. It’s growing increasingly clear that something needs to change, as black coaches getting in on the interview process is not really leading to increased hires. That’s not a favorable look for the league, and partners like the Fritz Pollard Alliance who are pushing for diversity in the NFL are understandably unhappy.