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Old 01-11-2008, 11:41 AM   #16
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As a minority, I have to say the rooney rule is a joke. I dont think race has anything to do with uneven footing for interviewing for a HC position. Especially not so in a league where minorities are the majority in terms of players. Owners already know who they are going to pick regardless of who they are required to interview and often times only pay lip service to the rooney rule anyway. If an owner realizes that a black man can motivate his players (the majority of whom are black) he will try to find a qualified black candidate. He doesn't need an artificial formula (of how many minority candidates to interview) dictating how he conducts his search. Now that Dungy has won the superbowl and other black coaches have had success/shown their abilities as HC's, the football community will naturally look to them when there are coaching vacancies. It should be whoever is best for the job PERIOD b/c everyone has an equal opportunity for success (at least when it comes to football).
As Matty said... the Rooney's actually benefited from this rule (Tomlin). At least it gets the names out there... while some of the interviews are jokes, it is a start.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:01 PM   #17
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Why are they a joke? Every interview is meaningful because that's when you actually learn something about somebody. Player's are mostly evaluated based on potential and so should coaches. When Gibbs was hired in 80, he was a nobody as far as everyone was concerned.

Anywho, I hate it when people don't really know you yet have a negative perception of you.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:09 PM   #18
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Well I don't think Joe Gibbs was a nobody. Maybe more of a nobody to the average fan, because back then the average fan didn't have the same access to the league that he/she does today.

I do agree that they are not a joke though. Apart from from the interviewer learning something from the interviewee, it also allows the interviewee to sharpen his interview skills.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:49 PM   #19
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I personally don't think the Rooney Rule is a joke or that it is a bad idea. In fact, I think it is a good idea. There is an undeniable disparity between the "color composition" of coaching staffs and the players (no I don't think there is some grand conspiracy to keep minorities "down"). To the extent that the Rooney Rule affords minorities an opportunity to be heard, I have no problem with it.
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:00 PM   #20
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Everytime I hear the phrase "Rooney Rule" , I immediately think of this dude:

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Old 01-11-2008, 01:04 PM   #21
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I just think it should be up to an individual organization. I think that if qualified black coaches are overlooked by some owners then their organizations will suffer from it. In this day and age those black coaches will be picked up by more sensitive/smarter owners who recognize that its not a race issue but rather a talent issue, and their organizations will benefit from it. I guess my view is that if you are qualified, regardless of ur color of skin, u will be given an opportunity (in the NFL).
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