NFL Spotlight on Minority Candidates at QB Coaching Summit | Sports News
By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer
Troy Vincent concluded the three-day GM’s Forum and NFL Quarterback Coaching Summit with a passionate plea to all who still believe there are no worthy black candidates for the positions of ‘head coach.
Vincent congratulated Houston Texans assistant coach Pep Hamilton, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback coach Brian Johnson and several other coaches who made impressive presentations during this webinar. week.
“We want the best for our game, so this is confirmation that these young men are talented,” said Vincent, five-time Pro Bowl cornerback and executive vice president of NFL football operations. “They’ve developed the best quarterbacks at the college level. Now all of a sudden they can’t develop a quarterback, they can’t call games, but they coach the top 5 draft picks year after year. Stop that. We have work to do, but we are committing to it.
The league held its first GM Forum, named after Ozzie Newsome, on Monday and followed with its fourth annual QB Coaching Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday. There are only four black general managers and three black head coaches in a league of 32 teams where about 70% of the players are minorities.
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, New York Giants owner John Mara, and Buffalo Bills owner Kim Pegula attended the GM Forum.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Chicago Bears president George McCaskey and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II participated in the practice sessions.
“I’ve always said it would be nice to have owners at the table, and I think we finally have guys at the table and they got to see firsthand,” said Doug Williams, the first Black QB to win a co-founder of the Super Bowl and the Black College Football Hall of Fame. “I think they’ll feel a lot better about hiring someone who’s unlike them because of what they can do and what they know and the fact that they can coach. I feel good about it. I can not wait to see him.
“I don’t know how many jobs will be open next year, but I think the guys that were there and some of the guys that weren’t there are going to go and say, ‘Hey, man, we.’ I just have to change the way we think and go with the guy who can do the job.I feel good with that.
Vincent added that more homeowners were not scheduled due to a busy three-day schedule.
“They understand the importance of why this inclusion is important to the game,” he said.
Each team was represented by at least one owner, president, general manager or head coach during the three-day events. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid spoke on Tuesday and answered questions from future head coaches.
Bieniemy answered questions from attendees on Wednesday following a recorded session with him and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Bieniemy was the coordinator for one of the league’s most prolific offenses, but did not receive a promotion despite several interviews over the past three years.
Many point to the failure of teams to hire him as emblematic of a major problem for a league that advocates diversity but has only three black head coaches.
“We all realize the important thing about training in this league is winning and having the best candidate,” said James “Shack” Harris, who was 18-4 as a Rams starting quarterback. of Los Angeles in 1974-75. “And what we’re all saying is that some of the best candidates are some of the coaches who are here. When you watch Eric Bieniemy, I was listening very carefully. That Eric can’t find a job and people say something about the interview, I just can’t see it. He’s an impressive individual, he wins.
“And I think those are some of the things we need to see change.”
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