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The Rooney Rule

i had read some comments in some of the past post about the Rooney Rule.  i just wanted to blog down some thoughts.  having come from a corporate work place (happily out of it now) i can understand this rule and why it IS needed in the nfl.  Let me first say that it is concerning that there aren't more minority head coaches at the pro and college levels.  also, al davis was the pioneer when it came to hiring the likes of art shell, tom flores, etc. 

in my view, there is such a surplus of qualified canidates for head coaches in this industry that just getting an interview is a major deal.  alot of the time, its not what you know, its who you know, just to get in the door.  some say that its a waste of time for qualified minority canidates to be interviewed.  they choke, stumble, and so on.  but that is the point.  going through  the process is what its all about.  a minority canidate may have all the football knowledge of the gods, but may lack the interview skills or front office mojo needed to convey schemes, critical points of interest, or overall winning football philosphy.  this is mostly because they were never exposed to that atmosphere to learn and gain experience.  hence the rule.  this gives good coaches a chance that they might never get, even to just get interviewed.  and, if they are any good, they will learn and grow from the process reguardless of the outcome of the interview.

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