The new NFL diversity proposal is just bad.
The NFL diversity committee has submitted a proposal to try to increase minority hires in the league. NFL owners will vote on this proposal tomorrow, May 19. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, “The proposal would need 24 of 32 votes in favor to pass.”
The proposal is just plain bad and here’s why. It essentially bribes executives to hire minority coaches by offering incentives such as a higher draft pick for doing so.
- If a team hires a minority head coach, that team, in the draft preceding the coach’s second season, would move up six spots from where it is slotted to pick in the third round. A team would jump 10 spots under the same scenario for hiring a person of color as its primary football executive, a position more commonly known as general manager.
- If a team were to fill both positions with diverse candidates in the same year, that club could jump 16 spots — six for the coach, 10 for the GM — and potentially move from the top of the third round to the middle of the second round. Another incentive: a team’s fourth-round pick would climb five spots in the draft preceding the coach’s or GM’s third year if he is still with the team. That is considered significant because Steve Wilks and Vance Joseph, two of the four African-American head coaches hired since 2017, were fired after one and two seasons, respectively.
Sixteen spots in the third round? This is not the diversity committee’s best work. The proposal is absolutely ridiculous and I can’t imagine that any coach or GM would want to be hired for a higher draft pick rather than because they are a good coach.
Bribing executives to hire one race over another seems a lot like racism to me. Whether a coach or general manager is hired should be based off who is most qualified for the job. Not by who has different colored skin. The color of one’s skin does not affect their ability to coach football. The NFL is doing a terrible thing by turning minority hires into pity hires. They are making race more of an issue by giving compensation to hire a person of a different color or race. Is the committee that came up with this proposal trying to say that teams with minority coaches are at a disadvantage so they need a higher pick?
Mike Tomlin is one of the best NFL coaches of all time. I don’t say that because he is an African-American. I say that because he knows how to win football games and he has had sustained success over several years. Mike Tomlin doesn’t need higher draft picks to win football games because he’s a really good coach.
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