Rooney Rule: 8 mi­nor­ity head coaches for 2017

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS -

The NFL will have eight mi­nor­ity head coaches in 2017, ty­ing the most for the be­gin­ning of one sea­son.

With the hir­ings of An­thony Lynn by the Charg­ers and Vance Joseph by the Bron­cos, the eight mi­nor­ity coaches will equal the num­ber in 2011.

Five of those men — Marvin Lewis, Mike Tom­lin, Jim Cald­well, Hue Jack­son and Ron Rivera — re­main as head coaches, though Cald­well has switched from the Colts to the Lions, and Jack­son went from the Raiders to the Browns. The Jets’ Todd Bowles is the other.

The 49ers are the only team with­out a head coach. Robert Gul­liver, the NFL’s chief hu­man re­sources of­fi­cer, cites the ef­fec­tive­ness of the Rooney Rule, which man­dates that teams in­ter­view mi­nor­ity can­di­dates for coach­ing and gen­eral man­ager po­si­tions. That rule also has been ex­trap­o­lated to in­clude other NFL jobs.

“The rule is firmly em­bed­ded,” Gul­liver said Fri­day.

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