ATLANTA — This week, the NFL changed its head-coach hiring process. The resolution forbids candidates from being interviewed until Wild Card weekend.
This is to allow head-coaching candidates and teams more time to prepare to interview.
The league has also expanded the Rooney Rule to include quarterback coaches. The league now requires that at least one minority candidate interview for the position.
As part of its diversity accelerator program, more than 60 potential minority general managers and head coaches are being hosted by the NFL this week.
The candidates had the opportunity to have valuable meetings with NFL ownership over two days in Atlanta. Aaron Glenn, the Detroit Lions defensive coordinator, found these interactions priceless.
“There aren't many differences.” Glenn stated that their bank accounts are larger than mine. But other than that, there isn't much to be different. … This event could go on for years.
NFL owners complain that their league is not achieving diversity at the top levels. Despite improvements in the general manager and coordinator positions, five of the 32 NFL head coaches are minorities — Miami’s Mike McDaniel (New York), Robert Saleh (New York), Washington's Ron Rivera and Lovie Smith (Houston), and Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh).
Most candidates get interview opportunities, but not the job.
Arthur Blank, Atlanta Falcons owner, said that he hopes the accelerator program will be a “wonderful step stone” for these applicants because of the relationships built this week.
Blank stated, “We know there are shortfalls. We have to be intentional about working harder on key issues that we have a way to go.”