At next week’s remote league meeting, NFL owners are set to consider a new proposal that would incentivize minority coach and general manager hiring, according to NFL Network’s Jim Trotter.
The new guidelines would reward teams that hired a minority coach by improving their third-round draft pick position by six slots, with a 10-spot jump for any team that brought on a minority candidate as general manager, per the report. A team that did both could move up 16 spots.
Additional draft compensation would be afforded to teams that lost a minority coach to a head position (third-round pick) or coordinator job (fifth-round pick) elsewhere, per the report. A team could also improve its fourth-round pick by five slots if a minority coach or general manager was still with the team entering their third year, according to NFL.com. Bringing on a minority quarterbacks coach would yield a fourth-round compensatory pick, so long as the candidate was set to be retained after one season.
The NFL is also weighing whether to strengthen the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for coach and general manager openings, by mandating multiple minority candidates be interviewed, per the report. The changes would also make the rule applicable to coordinator vacancies, according to NFL.com.
Heading into the 2020 season, the NFL has just four minority head coaches: the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, the Los Angeles Chargers’ Anthony Lynn, the Miami Dolphins’ Brian Flores and the Washington Redskins’ Ron Rivera, who was fired by the Carolina Panthers last December. The Dolphins’ Chris Grier and Cleveland Browns’ Andrew Berry are the only minority general managers.
“Clearly, we are not where we want to be on this level,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a news conference the week before Super Bowl LIV. “We have a lot of work that’s gone into not only the Rooney Rule, but our policies overall. It’s clear we need to change and do something different.”
Another proposal expected to be on the table would prevent teams from blocking assistant coaches from interviewing for coordinator vacancies, per the report.
NFL owners are set to meet next Tuesday. The proposals would require approval from 24 of 32 owners to pass.
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