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Fewell concerned about being token Rooney Ruler

Posted on: January 6, 2011 6:27 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Perry Fewell's a pretty hot name in coaching searches right now -- the Panthers, Browns, 49ers and Broncos have all requested interviews with the Giants defensive coordinator (and former Bills' interim coach) to fill their head coaching vacancies.

However, some of those teams are in hot pursuit of another candidate in Jim Harbaugh. If either Denver or San Fran could land Harbaugh, they would sign him, regardless of how Fewell interviewed. They haven't said this, obviously, but I mean, come on .

Which is probably why, according to Ralph Vacchiaano of the New York Daily News , Fewell's being a touch cautious about being a token Rooney Rule interview.

This, obviously, would be a situation where Fewell, because he's an African-American, is interviewed simply to satisfy the league's requirement that teams look at minority candidates.

In 2009, the Seahawks did something similar with Leslie Frazier before hiring Pete Carroll; Frazier even left the interview a little perturbed because it was patently obvious why he was brought in to meet with the front office.

There's a whole lot more that could be said about whether the Rooney Rule is still a necessary thing (and there's probably a question that could be asked as to whether the Niners need to follow it if they just ended the tenure of a minority coach two weeks ago), but the token interview is a legitimate concern and it's why the rule won't be going anywhere.

Fewell is a stud defensive coordinator, and there's a 100-percent chance that at least one team (the Panthers) are NOT utilizing his interview as an excuse to move through a minority candidate. We don't know how he'll do as a head coach (unless you really want to judge an interim stint with the Bills), but until teams are afforded the opportunity to meet with him and interview, he won't ever get a chance.

The Rooney Rule, for now, at the very least forces some owners who might be stuck in re-tread (anyone looking at Dungy, Cowher, etc) or hot college coach (anyone looking at Harbaugh) mode to think outside the box.

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Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 1:04 am
 

Fewell concerned about being token Rooney Ruler

I have to think that the success of "minority' coaches in the league speaks for itself.  Cream rises to the top and so do good coaches, reguardless of creed or color.  Any team with ignorant beliefs that would pass on a good coach because of the color of his skin, deserves to be in the back of the bus anyway.  Does the the Rooney Rule apply to front office positions like GM or Head of Football Operations?  The NFL has no problem changing rules every year when they feel they are out-dated.  It's time to re-think this rule.  Time to show that the NFL has grown and doesn't need people holding it's hand on matter of race.



Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 8:47 am
 

Fewell concerned about being token Rooney Ruler

The NFL should not have a "rule" per se to interview minority coaching candidates.  To me this minimizes the credentials of all the black coaches in the league.  Instead, the NFL needs to simply "strongly insist" privately, that all the teams interview a minority coach. If a team does not comply, it should be handled privately by the commisioner and the players association. This would eliminate the all too often embarrasment of the candidates when the media offers it's speculation that they are being interviewed strictly to fill a quota.  Having a "rule" just creates a mockery of the process.




Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Fewell concerned about being token Rooney Ruler

By the way, does Ron Rivera count as part of the Rooney Rule? He is of Hispanic origin, so is he considered a minority according to the rule? If Eagles OL coach Juan Castillo would ever be interviewed, how about him also?



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Fewell concerned about being token Rooney Ruler

It is time for the Rooney Rule to go. America is not going to revert back to the old days of racial segregation any time soon or ever. The NFL, as well as many other sports leagues, hire black head coaches who succeed very well. The MLB doesn't even have a rule such as this and they have hired a number of black managers in recent years. Place a little faith in the management of NFL front offices. Nowadays the Rooney Rule, in my opinion, makes black candidates look worse because most people know they are being interviewed just to fulfill the rule. Forcing teams to comply with rules like this, in an era which a number of black coaches have been hired, does more to set back racial progress than if the rule didn't exist because it suggests that blacks can't get a head coaching job without intervention, which isn't true anymore. The Rooney Rule served it's purpose but now is the time to let it go.


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