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Brian Flores is exposing the Rooney Rule | In his lawsuit, he says the NFL is managed like a Plantation

Will Brian Flores ever get another job in the NFL? If he doesn’t he should help others pave a path to an NFL job.

I have been watching the NFL for years, and let’s be honest there is truly a problem in the NFL. The Rooney Rule was put in place to help minorities obtain jobs that they qualify for, but unfortunately several teams abuse the rule. Many of these teams already know who their front runner is before it begins.

Even though, it is an example of affirmative action, and there is no hiring quota or hiring preference given to minorities, only an interviewing quota, the NFL teams abuse it. It was established in 2003, and variations of the rule are now in place in other industries, not just the NFL.

It was named after Dan Rooney, the former owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and former chairman of the league’s diversity committee.

I mean Tony Dungy was fired in 2002 by the Buccaneers, and Dennis Green was fired by the Vikings after his first losing season when he had a winning record in the ten prior years.

Brian Flores opened up a can of worms, and let’s face it someone had too. In the beginning of the year, there were only 3 black head coaches. Two of them were fired. One was Flores who really had a great year. They did not make the playoffs, but he had them one game from the playoffs. The other coach fired was David Culley, who had to deal with the Deshaun Watson situation all year and use a back-up quarterback and a rookie. The NFL just is not fair and I feel Flores is doing something that should have been done a long time ago.

When we look at the context of Flores suit, we can see he is right. The New York Giants did in fact discriminate when picking their head coach. I mean Flores is a great coach, and when Bill Belichick informed Flores three days before his interview that the Giants had already selected by the Giants for the job, that opened the door.

The crazy thing is it is Black History Month in the United States. So the lawsuit was dropped the first day of the month, and Flores had a great case.

Flores lawsuit claims the NFL is managed like a plantation.

In certain critical ways, the NFL is racially segregated and is managed much like a plantation. Its 32 owners—none of whom are Black—profit substantially from the labor of NFL players, 70% of whom are Black. The owners watch the games from atop NFL stadiums in their luxury boxes, while their majority-Black workforce put their bodies on the line every Sunday, taking vicious hits and suffering debilitating injuries to their bodies and their brains while the NFL and its owners reap billions of dollars.

When you look at the numbers it is damning.

  • Only 1 of the NFL’s 32 teams (3%) employs a Black Head Coach;
  • Only 4 of the NFL’s 32 teams (12%) employ a Black Offensive Coordinator;
  • Only 11 of the NFL’s 32 teams (34%) employ a Black Defensive Coordinator;
  • Only 8 of the NFL’s 32 teams (25%) employ a Black Special Teams Coordinator;
  • Only 3 of the NFL’s 32 teams (9%) employ a Black Quarterback Coach; and
  • Only 6 of the NFL’s 32 teams (19%) employ a Black General Manager.

He has a point that the NFL discriminates. I mean it is wild and we will learn more tomorrow as Flores is going on CBS Morning to talk about his lawsuit.

I want to know something, do you think the NFL truly does utilize the Rooney Rule correctly? If you say yes, you are crazy……

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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