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WhoDat!656 03-31-2012 11:44 PM

Herm Edwards is right about the Rooney Rule, but what can be done?
If all goes as planned, Bill Parcells will replace Sean Payton, his disciple in Dallas, as the New Orleans Saints head coach once Payton begins serving his one-year suspension for his involvement in the Saints' "pay-for-performance" scandal. Parcells has already told multiple media outlets that he would seriously consider the position if asked, and as long as the Big Tuna is all in, it's a great move for a team that had best be prepared for more body blows in the form of player suspensions very soon.

"If [Payton] says to me, 'Bill, I need you to do this,'" Parcells told Newsday on March 28, "that's what friends are supposed to be for."

However, there's one complication to this happy ending -- if the Saints wish to hire Parcells, they must first comply with the Rooney Rule, put into effect by the NFL in 2003 and named after Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, which requires that any team looking to hire a new head coach must interview at least one minority candidate before making a final decision, unless the team hired from within. The Steelers got a great head coach in Mike Tomlin out of that sense of diversity, but in cases where another coach is seen as a lead-pipe lock before such terms are met, the Rooney Rule can be a real scam.

According to former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards, that's precisely what the Saints are making of it.

"It makes it a little bit of a scam now," Edwards told ESPN, where he's now an analyst. "That's the shame of it all. Sean Payton opening his mouth like he did, he really reflects that this thing is going to become a sham if Bill Parcells takes this job. Because if you do decide to interview a minority, you're going to go with Bill Parcells. You've already said, 'This is our coach.' That's the shame of it all. It puts [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] in another bind."

Herm's right of course, but the Rooney Rule has opened itself up to similar scams since its inception. In 2003, former Lions team president Matt Millen (no, we still can't write that without laughing) was fined $200,000 by the league after five minority candidates refused to interview for a job Millen had already promised to Steve Mariucci. Millen probably could have gone with the "Hey, who the hell would want to work for me, anyway?" gambit, but that didn't enter his mind.

And after Tony Dungy turned the Seattle Seahawks down for the job of team president in 2010, owner Paul Allen and then-CEO Tod Leiweke went after then-USC head coach Pete Carroll with a rather impressive offer, just as Carroll was quite ready to jump off the Titanic in SoCal. Problem was, they hadn't interviewed a minority candidate, as Dungy never interviewed and he wasn't offered the head coach position.

So, in an embarrassing charade, Lieweke interviewed current Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier in Minnesota while the deal for Carroll was being hammered out. To meet the NFL's demands, the Seahawks had to assure the Fritz Pollard Alliance that Carroll would not have full control of the team, which was one thing that led to the hire of GM John Schneider. The Schneider acquisition was actually a great one, and Carroll has far exceeded the expectations of most familiar with his NFL history, but the circumstances surrounding those hires were sketchy at best. Though I know from personal experience that the people involved on Seattle's side are good and intelligent executives who try to do their best for the most part ... well, it was what it was.

It's hard to blame the teams, either -- the Rooney Rule is set up in such a way that teams are guaranteed to look fishy when they have their eye on a guy who doesn't meet the criteria. In the majority of cases, token interviews must be done as a matter of course.

In the Saints' case, league spokesman Greg Aiello told that Payton could circumvent the Rooney Rule if he hired someone on the current staff to replace him -- offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo are the prime candidates there -- but that the rule would have to apply if the Saints went off the reservation.

Put simply, there must be a better way to implement the Rooney Rule without making minority coaches feel like token interviews. The current process only benefits those candidates who are hired, and leaves everyone else scrambling to make things look right. Men of dignity and expertise -- men like Leslie Frazier -- should not have to stoop so low just to get ahead.

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Style 03-31-2012 11:57 PM

I could understand Herm's logic on this if they where hiring for a permanent head coaching spot.

They are only looking for someone to hold the reins for one
year then he is gone. Why should they bother with interviews
and who would want too interview for that.

Maybe he is just pissed they didn't think about him.

The Dude 04-01-2012 12:03 AM

If I was a minority (who is these days anyway) I would consider the Rooney rule a slap in the face.

|Mitch| 04-01-2012 12:04 AM

They are bothering with it, because Goodell said unless they are promoting from within that we would have to follow the rule.

His opinion pretty much points to us getting fined 200,000 if Parcells is hired. I can see Roger taking full advantage to get another dollar

jegirouard 04-01-2012 12:45 AM

This rule seems outdated. I've always hated herm Edwards, so annoying.

hagan714 04-01-2012 06:44 AM

ask Herm Edwards. problem solved

WhoDat!656 04-01-2012 07:36 AM

Saints could kill two birds with one stone and ask Henry Ellard!

SaintPauly 04-01-2012 11:39 AM

Ive never agreed with this rule at all. Isnt this rule a slap in the face to women, being that they dont have to interview "at least one"? And last i checked, black people (who by population numbers alone arent a minority anymore) arent the only minority in this country. Mexicans, asians..... What about Abarijanese Americans? Im sure they would like to interview as well. The most qualified person should be hired. This is affirmitive action in prosports. And its a slap in everyone's face.......

saintsfan1976 04-01-2012 02:12 PM


Originally Posted by hagan714 (Post 394190)
ask Herm Edwards. problem solved

How ironic and hilarious would that be. :moon:

QBREES9 04-01-2012 02:35 PM


Originally Posted by hagan714 (Post 394190)
ask Herm Edwards. problem solved

We don't want Herm to coach. He's has proven he can't coach.

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