The NFL’s hiring process for head coaches has come under fire again with the news this week that the New York Giants had apparently decided to hire Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who is white, as their new head coach before conducting an interview with former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who is black. Under the NFL’s so-called Rooney Rule, teams are required to interview minority candidates outside their own organizations for head coaching and front office positions.
On Inside the FLX this week, I talked with Sim Covington, FLCC Chief Diversity Officer about the fact that the NFL has only one black head coach, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The conversation took place before the controversy over the Daboll hiring. He said, given that most NFL ownership and the league’s power structure is mostly white, it’s not surprising that this is reflected in the league’s hiring.
Flores’ apparent snub only became known when Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who hired both Daboll and Flores as assistants in the past, congratulated the wrong Brian by text message for landing the job. Flores is suing the NFL, calling his Giants interview “a sham.”