Earlier in the week, news of an expanded Rooney Rule – featuring new, draft-based incentives for minority hires – leaked:
The NFL is immediately instituting changes to the Rooney Rule, requiring clubs interview at least 2 external minority candidates for head coach openings and 1 minority candidate for any coordinator job, I’m told. That's on top of two resolutions up for vote @JimTrotter_NFL noted.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 18, 2020
The news was met with a great deal of mixed reaction, with responses ranging from generally supportive of the sentiment to deeply dismissive of the actual details. Currently there are only four minority head coaches in the NFL: Washington's Ron Rivera, Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin, Los Angeles' Anthony Lynn, and Miami's Brian Flores.
During this week's virtual NFL owners meeting, however, the proposed conversation regarding those incentives was reportedly tabled:
BREAKING: NFL owners have tabled the resolution to incentivize the hiring of minority coaches and general managers, per source.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) May 19, 2020
BREAKING: NFL owners have voted to approve the resolution that would prevent teams from blocking assistant coaches from interviewing for coordinator positions, per sources. This is an important step.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) May 19, 2020
What's still uncertain is whether the NFL owners chose to table expansion of the Rooney Rule entirely, or whether that applies to just the specific draft incentives that leaked last week.
UPDATE: The NFL has released a resolution that announces new steps the league is taking to enhance minority hiring:
NFL Announces New Step to Enhance Diversity: https://t.co/h6kdvwUesw— NFL345 (@NFL345) May 19, 2020