The Rooney rule is a joke and there is no explaining it away. Prior to the Rooney rule (2003) there had already been a history of black head coaches. There were six black head coaches before the rule and at the time of the implementation there were several black head coaches already coaching. So unless that all the black head coaches either before or at the time of the implementation were just real lucky or they are the greatest interviews in history I would imagine there were teams that interviewed Black candidates. You can't say they were the ONLY ones.
So the need for the Rooney rule was a figment of Rooney and the ever politically correct NFL imaginations.
Since the Rooney rule there have only been five more minority head coaches than before the rule. It would seem that the hiring practices in the NFL has followed the hiring practices in the general business climate.
In addition, the guy that proposed the rule, Dan Rooney stated the rule had no impact on him hiring Tomlin.
I think it is a shame that an organization is forced to interview someone that they have no intention in hiring. It gives the candidate a false sense of opportunity just to be disappointed, not to mention the aggravation of being used because of his skin color.
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