I saw this cross the timeline and thought it was fake, like a parody account or something like that.
But it’s not, it’s a real report from Jim Trotter at NFL.com, saying that owners are going to vote on a measure that would give teams a draft-related incentive to hire minorities:
BREAKING: NFL owners will vote next week on a resolution that would improve a team's draft position if it hires a person of color as head coach or general manager, per sources. Currently there are only 2 black GMs & 4 HCs of color, matching 17-year low👇🏾 https://t.co/867umaUe4o
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) May 15, 2020
The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic. The league declined to comment Friday on this specific agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. But if the resolutions were to be voted in under the League Policy on Equal Employment and Workplace Diversity, they would work as follows:
– 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 10 spots under the same scenario for 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, 10 for the GM — 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 GM’s third year if he is still with the team. That is considered significant because Steve Wilks and Vance Joseph, two of the four African-American head coaches hired since 2017, were fired after one and two seasons, respectively.
There are some more notes in the article, but there’s no way this is gonna work. It’ll be an unmitigated disaster.
You want to be hired because you’re the best at the job and you’ve earned the respect, not because you come packaged with a draft upgrade. That’s not fair to minority candidates (like Duce Staley) who are really good at what they do and deserve a legitimate shot at a head coach or executive gig. This would only cheapen the process while being discriminatory to other people at the same time.
We need to rework the Rooney Rule to be more effective, but this proposal will go nowhere fast.