The Expansion of the "Rooney Rule"

Dave MorganContributor IMay 20, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MAY 01:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with Santonio Holmes #10 during rookie training at the Pittsburgh Steelers Practice Facility on May 1, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

As some of you may have heard, the NFL is looking to expand the "Rooney Rule" to the hiring of GMs.

For those that aren't aware, the Rooney Rule means that NFL teams are required to interview at least one minority candidate for a coaching job.

Personally, I believe the rule to be unnecessary and belittling to minority candidates. I can't imagine a minority candidate would be thrilled at the idea of being interviewed purely because they are a minority and the team is being forced to, not solely on merit.

I also don't really understand what people think this rule achieves. I don't believe that there are any white supremacists in power positions in the NFL (considering minorities make up over half of every roster in the NFL), so to force them to interview a minority candidate even when they don't think that guy is right for the job is wrong. 

Even if an owner was a racist, and harbours ill-will towards a minority, he'll just interview a guy from a different minority. Not that i'm suggesting any NFL owners are racist towards any minority, merely speculating from a hypothetical standpoint.

It also fails to be politically correct, despite being an absurdly politically correct rule. There's no rule to say that all candidates cannot be from one minority, and in the name of political correctness, isn't that exactly the same thing?

Also, it would appear to me that any owner that is failing to select the best candidate, minority or not, isn't going to be very successful in this league, and will eventually find that they aren't fit to be an owner. So the system sort of cleans itself up in that respect

I'm really interested to see what you all think of the Rooney Rule.