NFL Hasn't Hired A Black Coach In Six Years
It's been over half a decade since an NFL team hired a black coach through external search.
Just a few years ago things were looking up for Black coaches in the NFL. But now they are starting to disappear again.
Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy has pointed out that it has been six years since an NFL team hired an African-American head coach through an external search. Meaning that even though Black coaches are still on the sidelines, it has been six years since one was hired outside of the organization.
"Mike Singletary, Leslie Frazier and Romeo Crennel were named interim coaches when their bosses were fired during the season,” Dungy said to ProFootballTalk.com. “They were retained as permanent head coaches. Jim Caldwell, Raheem Morris and Hue Jackson were assistant coaches on staffs where there was a head-coaching opening and they were promoted from within. However, you have to go back to 2007 when the Steelers hired Mike Tomlin to see a situation where a team hired an African-American coach from outside their organization to be their head coach.”
He went on to say, “I don’t know if owners are really looking at minority candidates as a whole — unless they already know them.”
Are Black coaches officially in the "good ol' boy" club?