Originally Posted by Snell41
Since the Rooney rule has been implemented there has been a pretty marked rise in minorities in FO and especially coaching positions throughout the league. It's easy to say that we've made it now and can just remove the rule, but it's just not the case in football or in society. Go to any comments section on news reports that involve minorities (yahoo for example) and see what I mean. We have a long way to go. Mike Tomlin is the shining example of the Rooney rule having a positive effect, but there's also another effect that people are overlooking.
We, for example, may be set on Tom Gamble so we now go ahead and just interview a minority to satisfy the rule. Now that candidate may even know 100% that he is not getting the job, but he still has a very real reason to show up and give the best interview he can. A great interview may not get him this particular job, but it WILL get his name out there for future jobs. These owners and FO guys all talk to each other. They all recommend guys to each other (how do you think we have been so high on Gamble?). If a minority candidate blows us away in an interview where we've already made up our minds his name will still get out there for other potential jobs either now or in the future. It's a positive experience for both the candidate and the team that interviewed him. There is nothing negative at all with continuing the Rooney rule and there's certainly no reason to abolish it.
Very well said. Not only does it get his name out there for jobs with other teams, but also for another position with the team that's interviewing him now. I'm pretty sure I just used some crappy grammar and sentence structure there, but you know what I mean.
No one is being forced to hire someone or not hire someone based on the color of their skin, so no problem. Much better than AA, IMO.