NFL Requiring All 32 Teams To Hire ‘Diverse Person’ To Serve As Offensive Assistant

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Beginning this upcoming season, all 32 NFL teams will be required to hire a “diverse person” to serve as an offensive assistant on their coaching staff.

The NFL announced Monday that the new rule is in place to improve diversity within the head coaching pipeline. The NFL’s definition of a diverse person is any “female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority.” This person must have at least three years of coaching experience at the collegiate or professional level to qualify.

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The subject of minorities being considered for head coaching vacancies has been one of the main talking points during the NFL offseason. It was amplified after now Steelers defensive assistant Brian Flores accused the Giants of bringing him in for an interview when they already had a hire in place and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offering to pay him more money to tank during the 2019 season when he was the head coach in Miami.

Adopted in 2003, the Rooney Rule contains the following guidelines:

  • Clubs must interview at least two diverse candidates from the Career Development Advisory Panel list, or a diverse candidate not currently employed by the club.
  • Clubs must conduct an in-person interview with at least one external minority candidate for any GM or head coaching interview.
  • Clubs must continue to consider multiple diverse candidates.
  • Clubs must maintain complete records and provide them to the league upon the Commissioner’s request.
  • If the final decision maker is involved from the beginning of the hiring process, they must be involved through the conclusion of the process.

In today’s update of the Rooney Rule, women are now included in every aspect of the rule and Zoom interviews will not satisfy the requirement.

During the latest hiring cycle, nine teams brought in new head coaches. Of the nine, the Dolphins’ Mike McDaniel and the Texans’ Lovie Smith were the only minorities hired. McDaniel told ESPN last month that he is biracial. As part of the NFL’s diversity development and hiring incentive program, the 49ers will receive a third-round pick in each of the next two drafts.

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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    • If/when we go into a recession, those will be the first employees to go. It is easy to hire these people and appear woke when times are good. When profits go down, those non revenue generating folks will be the first to go. Maybe the only light at the end of the tunnel for all this corporate nonsense

  1. How is this legal to mandate that someone from a particular group must be hired to fill a role on every team? I can understand teams striving to interview (and ultimately hire) such persons, but to flat out say that every team must hire such persons doesn’t seem like it’s legal. But I’m not a lawyer so who knows.

  2. This is what that tough guy Brian Flores wanted? More reparations? I bet that makes people feel great about “forced” integration. What happened to hiring the best candidate? Nah, it gotz tu beez dis way so dat de whitey be gettin my votz.

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