Originally Posted by bowener
Nobody here finds the ratio of white coaches to non-white coaches odd? Think of how many players in the NFL are non-white. Doesn't it stand to reason that, if all things being fair and equal, there should be at the very least a slightly higher percentage of non-white coaches?
If they are going to change anything, they need to find a way to get more minorities hired on at the start of their careers, and then make sure they have the same opportunities as their white peers to progress up the coaching ladder. I'm curious what the racial makeup is for scouting/positional coaches. If there is a relatively higher percentage there than at the top, then that is a good place to look for a way to fix things long term. JMHO
Actually, I do think it's odd. I was wondering why Lovie Smith hasn't received more opportunities. He was a 10 win coach last year. But forced diversity isn't the answer. Trying solve social issues with more rules isn't what I believe will solve this issue. We need to study why there aren't more qualified minority candidates. Is it because of colleges? Or might there be another reason?
We know that talented players don't often make the best coaches. So if it's a different skill set, then maybe there doesn't have to be a strong correlation between the racial ratios of players and coaches. No one really gets mad that 67% NFL players are African American. That just seems normal even if the US population is only 13% African African American. There obviously some reason we have a far larger ratio of African-American NFL athletes, but I'd guess it's based more on interest and talent than racism. Is it possible that the ratio of coaches more closely resembles the national ratio because of a different playing field in terms of talent and interest? Right now about 9% of the coaches are African American, but last year it was about 15% (2% higher than the national ratio). It seems to me that maybe there should be more study put into that before forcing a more divisive rule than the one we already have. Just a thought.