The NFL has a problem hiring minority coaches. If not, the 2020 reinforcement of the Rooney Rule to incentivize owners to have a “fair workplace and diverse hiring practices” would not have been instituted by the league. Yet owners with a chief coaching opening in 2020 and 2021 have not complied. New Orleans had Sean Payton for 16 seasons.
A credit to Mickey Loomis and the head coaching search team, they interviewed several minority candidates – Brian Flores, Eric Bieniemy, Byron Leftwich and Aaron Glenn were the minority interviewees. Dennis Allen won the job. I believe in many ways he got the job as interim head coach and convincingly beating Tampa Bay.
Unfortunately, New Orleans has a questionable record of not hiring a minority head coach. They join the Bills, Cowboys, Commanders, Falcons, Giants, Jaguars, Panthers, Rams, Ravens, Seahawks, Titans and Patriots who never had a black head coach. If Dennis Allen has a long tenure with the Saints, no black or minority head coach will be in Metairie for some time. The face of coaching at this time may change. Perhaps the executive leadership could very well change in New Orleans.
The league has several assistant coaches. Could there be a possibility of one becoming a head coach? Yes. But for now, where there are 70% black players on NFL rosters, owners need to come together and introduce more men who represent the faces of those men on the playing field.