Originally Posted by Manwiththeplan
I don't think, nor do i believe it's a prevelant thought that there is a bunch of racism in the NFL, as much as coaches getting opportunities through connections that Blacks didn't have.
Did Jimmy Johnson get hired because he was the best canidate out there? Probably not, it was in large part because he was a successfull college coach who just happened to play at Arkansas with the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.
And how many of his friends followed him from Miami?
It's human nature to hire people you are comfortable, and let's be honest it was rare for African American's to be in the same position as their white counter parts. And hiring a white coach who may who you had a working relationship with doesn't make you racist, but it is an obstacle that the majority of african americans faced when trying to break into the coaching ranks.
The connection this is insane since most of these coaches have been around for some time and have access to the same people. You think these owners or GMS don't know who Ray Horton is? Or anyone else? The thoroughness of the front office today is much more complete than ever before. The need for this silly kowtowing rule is non existent. These owners want to win and they want to make money. They will interview and hire the best person for the job regardless of color.
It is a pandering position to force such a thing onto someone who owns a business and more egregious to those being used based on their skin color.