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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Paul Tagliabue

With the upcoming retirement of NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, I can’t help but wonder if the NFL will be forced to interview minority candidates for the position. Remember the NFL requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate before making a new coaching hire or face fines and loss of draft picks, which happened to the Detroit Lions who hired Steve Mariucci without first interviewing a minority coach even though they wanted Mariucci. This is also the same reason why the Washington Redskins have not already named Gregg Williams as Joe Gibbs successor, they know they are going to make Williams the next head coach, hell everyone in football knows Williams is going to be the next head coach of the Redskins, but the Skins can’t name Williams successor because they will first have to interview a minority coach for the job even though they have no intention of hiring that minority coach.
Will the NFL follow its own rules, or will they find a way around it?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Non-issue. Gregg Williams is a lousy head coach, let the Redskins have him. Most of these positions are "filled" before the interviews ever take place anyway. The only problem with what the Lions did was that they were a little more honest about what they were doing. Whoops!

Thu Mar 23, 05:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interviewing minority candidates is a great thing. They almost NEVER are anything other than just going thru the motions to fill a quota, but it gets minority names out there. It is a slight expense to the organizations doing the interviewing, but the overall payoff has been great in the NFL, as opposed to say college ball. Tony Dungee was a major success story coming frmo that policy, but his case may never happen again.

Thu Mar 23, 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

But, what was interesting from this year’s NFL Playoffs was that you had 3 black head coaches make the playoffs, but only one black quarterback make the playoffs, Leftwich with the Jaguars. No black head coach has even won a Super Bowl and only one black quarterback has ever won a Super Bowl, the Redskins’ Doug Williams. I say this because as much as the NFL likes to tout its diversity and inclusion of minorities, it really is no different than before except that NFL teams like to pretend that it is.

Thu Mar 23, 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No its defintely no different.

Sun Mar 26, 12:16:00 PM  

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