As the NFL tries to get back to work, the league is tweaking the venerable Rooney Rule, installed to give minority coaching candidates a chance to at least interview for jobs before being ignored.
On Tuesday, the league tabled a proposal to reward teams via the draft for hiring minority candidates, which amounted to NFL owners saying: “Our hiring history is so racist that we need to incentivize not being racist.”
There are only two black quarterbacks coaches and two black general managers in the league.
NFL quarterbacks are proof that when the league downplays the leadership ability of minorities, it is the league that suffers.
Five of the seven best quarterback ratings last season in the NFL were produced by black quarterbacks — Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson, with Mahomes winning the Super Bowl.