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in Allgemeines 10.09.2019 04:18
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the unemployment line Chandler Jones Jersey Super Bowl , at least in the NFL. Five of the eight coaches fired over — and since — the last season were black, and so far none of them has been rehired as head coaches in the league.That leaves two African-American coaches still standing among 32 NFL teams. And in a league where more than two thirds of players are black that’s not nearly enough.The news Wednesday that the Denver Broncos were hiring Vic Fangio as head coach and the New York Jets were going with Adam Gase as their new coach means six of the eight teams looking for new coaches have found their man.And so far none of the new hires have been minorities.That’s not a new problem in the NFL, of course. It’s also one the league has addressed with the Rooney Rule that ensures minority candidates are interviewed for any head coaching openings and other front office positions.The rule was a step forward, and for a long time it seemed to be working. To make sure, the NFL just last month announced changes to strengthen it.The changes were hailed as a breakthrough at the time by former Giants linebacker Harry Carson, executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes diversity in NFL coaching and executive ranks. They came after a season in which seven coaches were replaced — and only one of the replacements was black.“After last season’s hiring cycle, something had to be done,” Carson said. “These enhancements should strengthen the rule and ensure that it applies as intended and truly gives candidates of color a fair chance.”So far, not so good. Teams may be interviewing minority candidates but, lately at least, they’re not hiring them.And if last year was a step back from true diversity, this year has started off even worse.Of the last 13 coaching hires in the NFL over two seasons, the only minority hire has been Steve Wilks — and he was fired by the Arizona Cardinals after just one year. The only two black coaches left in the NFL — which at its peak in 2011 had eight coaches of color — are Anthony Lynn of the Chargers and Mike Tomlin of the Steelers.“I liked it better when there was eight and not just two,” said Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida. “But I do think there is a cyclical nature to this and that may be part of it.”Lapchick, who authors annual reports on the level of diversity in all the major professional leagues, said the NFL experienced a similar dip in the hiring of black coaches after the 2011 season into 2014. Then the hiring picked up again to the point in the last two years when there were eight coaches of color — including Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who is Hispanic.He’s hoping that this dip may also be short-lived, while others believe promising black coaches may get more opportunities if the Rooney Rule was expanded to include coordinator positions, too.“Am I concerned there are (two) coaches of color?” Lapchick asked. “Of course, and if I hadn’t just gone through it in my head looking at 2011 and the three years after that I would have been deeply discouraged by what I saw at the end of this season.”Just why the number of minorities is down depends on who you’re talking to Chandler Jones Jersey For Sale , though it’s certainly not for a lack of qualified candidates. There are black coaches on the staffs of almost every NFL team that potentially could run teams just as well as any of the coaches hired so far this postseasonIt doesn’t help that a few of the more recent hires are head scratching choices, at least to those outside the organizations.Arizona reached into the college ranks to tab Kliff Kingsbury, as its new head coach. That by itself was unusual since Kingsbury had a losing record at Texas Tech and has never coached in the NFL.And Tampa Bay hired former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who is coming out of a one-year retirement at the age of 66 to take the Bucs job.Ultimately, of course, teams are free to hire the person they believe will lead them to the Super Bowl. And, remember, it wasn’t until 1989 when the Raiders hired Art Shell that the NFL had a black coach at all.Still, one black coach of the last 13 is a troubling trend in a league dominated by black players. Cyclical or not, that’s not the number envisioned by the NFL when the Rooney Rule was put in 16 years ago.Diversity is one of the NFL’s strengths, and one of the big reasons it is the most popular sport in America.Right now, there’s not nearly enough of it at the head coach level. With the Arizona Cardinals already in the midst of finding their new head coach, there is other news that is coming out about that search.First, the Cardinals have a bevy of talented coaches lined up for interviews and Adam Gase and the Cardinals brass are meeting today, January 2, 2019, to which this could be the guy the team wants to hire.Outside of Gase, they have interviews lined up with Zac Taylor, the Rams quarterback coach, Kliff Kingsbury, the USC offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech head coach, as well as Dan Campbell.They are rumored to be interested in Todd Bowles Chandler Jones Jersey On Sale , Jim Caldwell and potential Chuck Pagano as well.To say they are short on choices would be wrong.However, there were two names associated with the Cardinals from the start that have said thanks but no thanks.Mike McCarthy was allegedly offered the keys to the Arizona Cardinals kingdom and passed.Now, whether or not that report is true, he cited early on he may take a year away from the game and declined to interview with the Cardinals altogether.Now, he is interviewing for the job with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns.There is a simple explanation with McCarthy, he has two sons in high school and both are going to finish school in Green Bay.Which means McCarthy wants to be close to Green Bay.However, that doesn’t exactly explain why New York is on the list and Arizona is not.While Cleveland is the easiest to understand in terms of proximity, the New York aspect is something the Cardinals cannot and will likely never be able to compete with... It is New York.Last season, the Cardinals top target, allegedly, was Pat Shurmur.He ended up in New York simply because... It is New York.Did they have a better roster?Debatable, although they have more star power at skill positions and unlike the Cardinals last year, had quarterbacks in house and plenty of money to spend. That’s the thing, the Jets situation is similar.While they don’t have David Johnson, they do have Sam Darnold.They also have the means to acquire Le’Veon Bell and really anyone they choose in free agency, as the Jets have over $105,000,000 in cap space.Finally, McCarthy has as much cache in the NFL as any head coach candidate could have.He has the ability to pick and choose his spots.So, a rebuff of the Cardinals, after a 3-13 season and firing their head coach after one year, may not be what McCarthy is looking for.Eric Bienemy turning down the Arizona Cardinals is the more interesting and quite frankly concerning turn of events.The old cliche that there are only 32 jobs available seems like one that fits Chandler Jones Jersey Sale , but the Cardinals have been spurned before with a coach deciding they’d rather be an assistant than the head coach in Arizona.Mike Munchak, one of the Cardinals alleged favorites last year, declined to come back for a second interview with the team.He is now making the rounds as a head coaching candidate again, with Green Bay and Denver leading the charge.Then there is the Bruce Arians thing.Too sick to finish out his contract in Arizona, Arians is now openly pining for the Cleveland Browns job and willing to take, what seems like from the outside looking in, a worse job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Why?It may be all coincidence, but of the names being interviewed the most, the Cardinals have been turned down by thre; McCarthy, Bienemy and Munchak.They seem to not have interest in Brian Flores, who they were in on early last season, Vic Fangio and Kris Richard, clearly they are leaning towards an offensive minded head coach.There was also the comment about playing their cards close to their vest this time around, which good friend Jess Root had an astute observation on:So, are they trying to keep things closer this time in the sense of not letting the names they request interviews with and decline get out there?Or are they not wanting it to get out that a Munchak interviewed and said thanks, but I’m good?I don’t think this is the worst job in the NFL, but I think it is one of the hardest to sale.That’s what Michael Bidwill and Steve Keim have to do now, sale this position, or they could end up right back here in 2020... Or worse.

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