I like the fact that more great black coaches are getting legitimate chances at top coaching positions in the NFL. Certainly the Rooney Rule has helped increase awareness of worthy black coaches.
But any rule that forces people to follow strict guidelines will lead to pointless exercises from time to time.
This is one of those times.
Dan Snyder wants Mike Shanahan as his next coach. Shanahan is very interested. But due to the Rooney rule Dan Snyder is forced to waste his time and Jerry Grey's time in order to follow league protocall.
I'm not a black man, so maybe I am not aware of the subtleties of seeking a job as a black man. But to me it would seem that going through an interview process for no other reason than to fill a quota is just as insulting as being passed over because of your ethnicity.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Grey is being strongly considered for this position. However, judging by the process involving the search for a new general manager in Washington I would have to say that this interview had more to do with avoiding legal headaches than seeking out the most qualified candidate.
I am somewhat naive when it comes to race relations because if I owned the Redskins I would interview every good coach that I could, regardless of race. And I would chose the best candidate regardless of race. But I do know that not everyone thinks the same way as I do.
Maybe the Rooney Rule helps a worthy coaching candidate get his foot in the door. That can only be a good thing.
But in this particular instance Jerry Grey's interview looks more like a dog and pony show than a worthy candidate up for equal consideration to be the next head coach of the Washington Redskins.