NFL Owners to Vote On Draft Incentive For Hiring Minority As Head Coach Or General Manager Next Week

Published by Cory Hays on

The NFL has a problem when it comes to minorities in the role of head coach and general manager right now. As of this moment, there are only four black head coaches and two black general managers in the NFL. The league is looking to change that potentially with a vote next week. If a team hires a minority as their head coach or general manager, then the team would be rewarded with improved draft slots. If the vote succeeded then provided what it would look like. Lets take a look:

-If a team hires a minority head coach, that team, in the draft preceding the coach’s second season, would move up six spots from where it is slotted to pick in the third round. A team would jump ten spots under the same scenario of hiring a person of color as its primary football executive, a position more commonly known as general manager.

-If a team were to fill both positions with diverse candidates in the same year, that club could jump 16 spots — six for the coach and ten for the general manager — and potentially move from the top of the third round to the middle of the second round. Another incentive: a team’s fourth-round pick would climb five spots in the draft preceding the coach’s or general manager’s third year if he is still with the team. That is considered significant because Steve Wilks and Vance Joseph, two of four African-American head coaches hired since 2017, were fired after one and two seasons, respectively.

-If a minority assistant left to become a coordinator elsewhere, his former club would receive a fifth-round compensatory pick. And if a person of color leaves to become a head coach or general manager, then his previous team would receive a third-round compensatory pick.

-Any team that hires a person of color as its quarterback coach would receive a compensatory pick at the end of the fourth round if it retains that employee beyond one season.

This is significant as the NFL looks to continue to build their minority opportunities and further enhance the Rooney Rule. The Rooney Rule was adopted in 2003 and states that a team should interview at least one minority for a head coach or general manager opening when the organization has one. If the NFL was serious about change and continuing to give more opportunities to minorities across the league, then incentives for the organizations is not the way to go. It will only make teams feel like they should hire a minority because they are receiving something in return. Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians coaching staff currently consists of 11 minorities and two female assistants. Arians did things the correct way without incentive. Hopefully, the NFL follows suit.

Featured Image Credit: Monica Herndon- Tampa Bay Times

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