The NFL has decided to table discussions regarding the Rooney Rule where it would create an incentive system for teams who hire minority coaches and general managers, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones has confirmed. According to a from Jim Trotter of NFL.com, the league was set to discuss possibly adding compensatory draft compensation to teams that would be weighted in terms of the job's prominence. Now, it appears like the league will try to polish up that aspect of the proposal and discuss it at a later date.
The Rooney Rule, which was established in 2003, will see some changes, however, as Jones notes that owners have approved the proposal that removes restrictions on assistant coaches interviewing for coordinator roles. Meanwhile, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported on Monday that teams are now required to interview at least two external minority candidates for head coaching jobs and at least one minority candidate for any coordinator position. Along with those changes, clubs must interview one external minority candidate for senior football operations and general manager jobs. League and team office positions also are required to include minority and/or female applicants for senior-level positions.
As it relates to possible compensatory picks being handed to teams who hire minority candidates, Super Bowl champion coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy told CBS Sports Radio's Tiki and Tierney on Monday that he was not in favor of that specific addition, but understands where the league is coming from with the proposal.
"I'm personally not for it," Dungy said. "I can see the coach's point of view, especially the minority coaches. Hey, I don't want to think I got hired just because you're going to get an extra draft choice. I want to get hired because I'm the best person. I don't want that extra draft choice to help me. I don't want you to think I need more to succeed. I understand all that.
"I think it's kind of like the pass interference rule of last year. People felt like something needed to be done. Maybe it's not exactly the right thing, but hopefully, this sparks some conversation and maybe we come up with a different kind of incentive. I'm not for [draft compensation for minority hires] personally, but I understand where they're coming from."
Currently, there are four non-white head coaches and two non-white general managers in the NFL. Of the last 20 head coaching hires, three have been filled by a minority head coach.