- Oct 1, 2015
I’m going to ask this at the risk of coming off as very naive and/or clueless here, but so be it.There is a pattern and practice around how coaches get hired, how long they tend to be retained, how many get second, third, and even fourth chances, what level of success coaches have, and what racial disparities exist. That can extend further to high and lower level coaching and front office staff.
It's not too hard to look at an organization and assess whether they value diveristy based on how their hiring practices compare to those of the rest of the league.
If an NFL owner has no problem hiring 70% minorities and paying out $100 million in salaries to minorities - as PLAYERS - to field the best team they possibly can (or at least that’s their goal), why would they deliberately not hire minority coaches, unless they felt that the hires they DO make will help them field the best team possible (which is still their goal)?
In other words, why would they be racist in hiring coaches but not racist in hiring players?