The NFL has developed a mobility plan for diversity hiring as it looks to address inequalities among coaching and front office positions. Owners also recently passed a resolution to reward teams for developing minority candidates for those roles.
Approximately 70% of current NFL players are minorities. Of the 32 head coaches, just six are minorities — including two interim. In May, the league expanded its Rooney Rule to require more interviews of minority candidates for head coaching and coordinator positions.
The mobility plan focuses on: “Explaining the responsibilities of the 32 clubs; the flow of information and who has access to it; developmental programs such as fellowships; accountability; making coaches more available to the media to increase their profiles; and establishing a pathway for progress.”
Minority NFL Head Coaches:
- Atlanta Falcons interim HC Raheem Morris
- Houston Texans interim HC Romeo Crennel
- Los Angeles Chargers HC Anthony Lynn
- Miami Dolphins HC Brian Flores
- Pittsburgh Steelers HC Mike Tomlin
- Washington Football Team HC Ron Rivera