USA TODAY – Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz – The NFL is hitting pause on an initiative that would have incentivized hiring coaches or general managers, as owners tabled the proposal at Tuesday’s league meeting, NFL Network’s Jim Trotter reported.
Under the proposal, any team that hires a minority head coach would receive a six-slot bump for their subsequent year’s third-round NFL draft pick. Hiring a minority general manager would move the same pick up 10 slots. Teams also would have their fourth-round pick boosted by five slots if the coach or GM is retained after one year. Additional compensatory picks would be awarded to teams that had a minority assistant become a coordinator (fifth-round selection) or head coach/general manager (third-round selection) elsewhere.
The NFL only has four minority head coaches — Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers), Anthony Lynn (Los Angeles Chargers), Brian Flores (Miami Dolphins) and Ron Rivera (Washington Redskins) — along with two minority general managers — Chris Grier (Dolphins) and Andrew Berry (Cleveland Browns).
“I think sometimes you can do the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing,” Lynn said on CBS Sports Radio on Friday.
On Monday, the league moved to expand the Rooney Rule to require teams to interview two external minority candidates for head coaching vacancies and one for general manager roles.
NFL owners voted later Tuesday to approve a measure that will no longer permit teams from blocking assistant coaches from interviewing for coordinator positions with other organizations.