By Christopher Tremoglie
Once again, the NFL has caved to the leftist narrative of the perpetual victimization of minorities. After former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores claimed he was fired because of racism, the NFL announced it would address these concerns and pursue more initiatives that supported “diversity, equity, and inclusion.” As a result, the NFL implemented a new policy this week that states every team must have at least one “female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority” on its coaching staff. Simply put, the NFL said, all teams must reserve at least one coaching position for anybody but a white male.
Why? Because the NFL is too timid and scared to admit it is not racist — especially when it has a white male as its commissioner. This new policy is discrimination, of course, but because it is occurring against white males, the racism doesn’t matter.
“In recent years, head coaches have predominantly had offensive backgrounds,” the NFL announced. “We believe this resolution will assist greatly in continuing to source and identify diverse candidates earlier in their career, providing pipeline depth, and furthering developing the diverse offensive pipeline.”
The NFL claims this is about promoting equality, but in reality, it is about priority — specifically prioritizing women and minority men over white men. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with hiring women or people of color for coaching positions. By all means, the more, the merrier. However, NFL teams should have the right to hire whomever they want on a coaching staff without first making sure a candidate is of a particular race or gender. They shouldn’t be forced to discriminate against white men under the guise of equality and diversity.
Flores was fired after three seasons in Miami. He had never reached the playoffs and had a losing record overall as head coach (24-25). His predecessor, Adam Gase, a white man, guided the Dolphins to the playoffs once. But, after three seasons, he was also fired. Gase had a nearly identical record as Flores (23-25).
When he lost his job, Flores claimed race played a role. However, the facts show that Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, was consistent in his termination patterns. Moreover, the coach that replaced Flores was Mike McDaniel, who is biracial. But, rather than publicly refute Flores’s ridiculous claim, the NFL revamped its hiring policies.
If equality is the goal, then the actions that need to be taken are simple: No one should lose out on job opportunities because of their race or gender. Other than that, the person who the decision-makers feel is the best candidate should get the job. In 2022, it is impossible to imagine that any current NFL owner or general manager legitimately discriminates when hiring coaches in today’s NFL. They know this. However, they lack the courage and conviction to do what is right. Instead, this new policy results from a corporation being too afraid to tell a black man (Brian Flores) he was wrong.