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Black coaches face impossible odds to hold onto jobs

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As I write this, there is only one Black NFL coach. One.

And that only black coach in the 32-team league — Mike Tomlin of Pittsburgh — has never lost a losing season in his 15 years at the helm.

This is the standard by which black coaches are held. It is almost impossible.

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Houston Texans fired David Cooley on Thursday, after just one season on the job and three days after being put on a dog and pony show to sit in front of the media on Monday and talk as if he was getting a year 2.

Culley will never get a sophomore, not if she reads the writing on the wall. There was a report last year, before the ink even dried on Cooley’s Texans contract, that he was keeping the bench snug until talented quarterback Josh McConne, whose coaching resume reads entirely as “high school assistant,” the party. Yet it is quickly traced through the process of gaining experience.

imagined. Culley was 66 years old when he got his first chance to be an NFL head coach. He suffered from unspeakable bigotry as Vanderbilt’s first black quarterback, and he’s spent his entire life coaching, including over 25 years as an assistant coach in the NFL. And before he even put up a family photo in his new office, there was the idea that he shouldn’t feel too comfortable that teammates might have already chosen his successor.

Beyond that, he had a terrible roster, he didn’t have the Houston young star, and somehow he got a team that everyone thought was going to be 0-17 for four wins, one of them on the AFC top seed another on a team that was in the match mix Until the last second of the last game of the regular season.

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We can debate whether Cooley should take on the job, given the clown show Texas has been on since Cal McNair became the dominant team owner and installed Jack Easterby, the power-hungry, one-day experience as a football coach, talent evaluator or A salary cap expert, as a person with a significant impact within the organization.

But for better or worse ownership — and these days there seem to be plenty of the latter — there are only 32 major NFL coaching jobs. If you get a chance at one, you should almost take it. Can’t blame Cole for that.

A Black NFL coach like David Culley has to move mountains to get the same treatment as white coaches. Even then, that is often not enough. (Thomas Shea USA Today Sports)

On Monday, the Miami Dolphins knocked out Brian Flores after their second straight winning season, the first time in nearly 20 years that this team has passed 0.500 in consecutive years.

Flores’ frustratingly familiar setting, reminiscent of Jim Caldwell, who made the always pathetic Detroit Lions a competitive and luxury team only to be fired for not being successful. Adequate. Caldwell’s substitute went 13-29-1.

It’s just two guys who check their house that there’s really no progress for my lions coaches. Like my grandfather, who wasn’t allowed to sell cars at the dealership, only to clean and detail them, these coaches were often handed a mop and bucket for the biggest messes. Clean it up, is routing. Despite the odds, when they start arranging things, they disappear. Humble success is not enough to succeed.

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The past few years offer little hope that black coaches will ever gain any ground. Not only because they have to be close to perfect to get a job in the first place and a big winner off the bat or else they’ll be gone, but because over the past five hiring cycles, three-quarters of the entire 40 coaches have been hired from offensive backgrounds.

Of the 33 offensive coordinators this season (the Dolphins had co-coordinators), only five weren’t white. There were four black mediators coaches, a position generally promoted to coordinator.

These are not numbers that inspire confidence, there is change coming.

For all the interviews, NFL Vice President Troy Vincent said the league knows there’s a problem when it comes to a lack of non-white coaches, it works for the team owners, as does Commissioner Roger Goodell and everyone else in the league’s office.

These NFL franchises are clearly in favor of black men doing one thing: beating their minds and bodies as players, for their own entertainment and their own bank accounts. Until the players retire and want what is owed to them. The club owners then ask their lawyers and doctors to use a vile practice called the Race Standard to tell them that their black brains weren’t as good as the brains of white players anyway, so they shouldn’t get any money or certainly not the same amount of money to help them live their lives better. as comfortable as possible.

Year after year, their actions show that playing football is all that most of them believe black men are capable of. Not unlike in the not too distant past when general managers and coaches didn’t think black men could be quarterbacks under the racist guise that they were neither smart enough nor good enough leaders. Many of these men have sons, in-laws, and sons in the front offices and on staff now.

Don’t tell me it’s about hiring the best person for the job. Don’t tell me that unless you think that of the 122 coaches hired since 2003, only 19 non-whites are the “best person for the job”.

Don’t tell me that teammates must be color blind because there is years and years of evidence that they are not. They see black coaches and keep looking.

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Experienced and successful Eric Benemi has led the best young quarterback in the league and has the full backing of the highly respected coach he works with. He has given interviews 13 times over the past several years. There was never any real reason not to hire him.

The audacity to draw ‘END RACISM’ in end stadium areas when you have to legalize diversity in your interviewing practices. The bell for African-American spiritual play “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” when many continue to tick the box, sitting with two non-white coaches each year to fulfill Rooney Rule’s letter when you have no interest in his spirit. And now they don’t even have to travel for airline tickets and a hotel suite to grudgingly fulfill the obligation; It’s free via Zoom.

Annual lists of eligible non-white candidates. Semi-annual tweaking of Rooney’s base. The “temptations” to get teams to promote and develop coaches and front office managers of color.

Farce, all. For a league allegedly driven by optics, franchisees don’t care that an increasing number of people see how fanatical and late they are. In a brutal sport where nearly 70 percent of the players are black, there is only one coach.

It’s a common old saying among blacks: We have to work twice as hard to get half.

Unless you are black and an NFL coach. Then it doesn’t matter how hard you work.

You really are not going anywhere.

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