Following the end of the NFL regular season every single year there will be coaches fired and hired. It’s like a carousel at a carnival.
Some coaches get off and their replacements get on. And some of those coaches get right back in line waiting for the next to get off. The problem some sports analysts have is that most of the ones who get back on are white.
And former ESPN personality Jemele Hill just said the most racist thing about white coaches in the NFL.
The New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins were amongst the teams that fired their head coaches following the season. The Browns have not hired one yet but the other four teams have, and they all share one thing in common with their new hires.
All four new head coaches are white.
Ron Rivera, Mike McCarthy, and Matt Rhule became head coaches of the Redskins, Cowboys and Panthers, respectively.
But it was the hiring of Giants’ new head coach Joe Judge that caused quite the stir amongst liberal sports journalists who claimed he didn’t get the job for his merit.
And why not? Joe Judge spent the last eight years under Bill Belichick – the winningest head coach in NFL history – as the Patriots Wide Receivers coach. The argument against is that new NFL head coaching vacancies are usually filled by College Football head coaches or NFL offensive or defensive coordinators.
But the real reason has nothing to do with his experience although he did spend time under inarguably the greatest football coach of all time, Bill Belichick. It’s because he’s white and many irrational “journalists” claimed they didn’t even consider black coaches with more experience than Judge.
One of them was former ESPN personality and current The Atlantic writer, Jemele Hill, who answered a question as to why black coaches weren’t filling these vacancies, claiming because black NFL coaches need to “be the one thing he can’t, which is white.”
SportsCenter host Kevin Negandhi wrote a pondering question, “When it comes to qualifications and experience, what else does Eric Bieniemy have to do to get an NFL head coaching gig?”
Bieniemy is one of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s guys and is currently the offensive coordinator.
Be the one thing he can’t, which is white. https://t.co/8Oy8xqhlsG
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 7, 2020
But Bieniemy was recently considered for the head coaching job for the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants.
He was also thought to be in the running to lead the Carolina Panthers until the team gave the nod to former Baylor coach Matt Rhule.
However, the Chiefs are still in the playoffs. That factor, as Peter King reports, had a lot more to do with his inability to land the Carolina job than his race.
Not the issue. Panthers knew when they interviewed Bieniemy that, potentially, he wouldn’t be able to start the job for a month. That’s the issue. The 4-week head start for Rhule was a game-changing advantage. https://t.co/EGbVlbfxkw
— Peter King (@peter_king) January 7, 2020
NFL teams are also required to fulfill the “Rooney Rule,” which is a policy that ensures minorities be interviewed for senior positions on teams along with any white candidates they’re looking at. It’s effectively an extension of affirmative action, but without the quota the employer has to fulfill.
Many like Hill argue that the Rooney Rule is a formality that teams don’t take seriously. Teams will bring in a minority candidate even though they have their eyes set on somebody else.
But they stand up on their soapbox and complain that black coaches are not given enough chances, despite all of those coaches being either qualified or even overqualified.
Rivera went to a Super Bowl four years ago, Mike McCarthy won a Super Bowl and Matt Rhule had unprecedented success with Baylor University.
People like Hill want to argue that Joe Judge isn’t as qualified as Bieniemy, which is arguably true, but Andy Reid still hasn’t won a Super Bowl and Belichick has won six.
Regardless of race, these were no-brainer hires.
Hill just wants attention like she always does.