I'm glad some of you have recognized that the Rooney Rule applies to all minorities. Witness one Ron Rivera of the Panthers.
However, that is somewhat aside from the point. The rule is there to make sure that people who are otherwise qualified, are not denied an opportunity based solely on the ethnicity. And prejudice is often unconscious. I'm sure as has been mentioned, that plenty of GMs and Owners are unconsciously preferential toward candidates of their own ethnicity. The numbers don't follow player ratios, because the players aren't doing the hiring.
If you really think about it, the RR is much less objectionable than an Affirmative Action plan that demands HIRING of a quota of minorities, regardless of qualifications. If I'm a minority and I get an interview because of this rule, I'm going to be happy that I have a chance to present my case, and will make the best of this opportunity. I won't be insulted. If I'm truly qualified and passionate, that will come out in the interview. If I'm not qualified and passionate, then I have no reason to be insulted. I don't belong there, but I'm still going to make the most of it.
Diversity is a good thing, and to be desired. But in the end, a GM/Owner is going to hire the guy who impresses him the most. And as far as I am concerned, the more interviews you give, the better the chance is that you will find the right guy for your team.
Do we still have to satisfy the Childress Rule where we have to interview at least 1 idiot candidate before hiring a smart one?
Its not that Chilly was an idiot. Although he did make some bone head decisions. It just that he was the victim of the Peter Principle. Tice and Frazier are also examples of that as well. They are guys that got promoted beyond what they are good at. We need a head coach that is not just focused on one side of the ball. A head coach needs to understand both the offense and defense and be able to coordinate coordinators and position coaches. We need a big picture kind of guy not a specialist. I think it is a difficult task to find guys like that and they come in all colors.
Originally Posted by Traveling_Vike