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Monday, December 30, 2013
Rooney Rule

Check out the third item ("My Pal the Tortoise") and footnote 7. If this is really how teams operate--and I have no doubt it is--then the Rooney Rule is a joke.



i humbly disagree. the rooney rule is NOT a joke, even if a team has a "candidate" in mind for a head coach position that is not a minority - and the chudzinski reality makes my point. head coaches in the national football league last all of one, two, or three seasons, just one season in chudzinski's case. the rooney rule is about exposure. even if the browns are set on a particular coach this cycle, i would strongly urge minority coaches to accept an interview invitation and go in well prepared to knock the interview out of the park. it will only be two or three years from now that the team will be looking for a new head coach anyway, and after an impressive interview, that candidate will be at the top of the list of coaches to go after. seriously, i think there is great value in looking at the interview from a long-term perspective.

get in front of GM's and owners as often as one can, even if the team is set on hiring someone else. that strategy worked out well for mike tomlin (the steelers were set to hire wisenhunt or grimm until tomlin seized the job with his interview).

what am i missing?


Blogger dré cummings -- 12/31/2013 8:26 PM  

There is a difference between having "a candidate in mind" or even some leading candidates and actually having an oral agreement (or something close to it) with a particular person before the process even begins. The Grantland piece suggests the latter in the Browns search. Given the timing of the hire announced tonight, it seems to me the Texans had something similar going on with Penn State's Bill O'Brien. In that situation, no brilliant interview by a minority candidate is going to change anything.

The question is what is the point of the Rooney Rule. If it is to get every team to seriously consider a minority candidate in every head-coaching search, that does not seem to be happening.

Blogger Howard Wasserman -- 1/01/2014 12:48 AM  

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