Jim Caldwell

NFL firing cycle is disproportionately affecting minority head coaches

NFL firing cycle is disproportionately affecting minority head coaches

The NFL's recent efforts to strengthen its minority hiring practices by bolstering enforcement of its longstanding Rooney Rule have been followed by a firing cycle that has disproportionately affected the league's African-American head coaches, significantly dwindling their ranks.

Five of the eight coaches fired leaguewide since midway through the regular season are African-American. That has left only three minority coaches in the NFL as the carousel spins anew to replace those coaches just fired.

The sport continues to grapple with its minority-hiring issues 16 years after team owners, under the threat of litigation, enacted the Rooney Rule in December 2002. The rule is...

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