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NFL Instituting Changes to Rooney Rule

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In advance of Tuesday’s virtual owners’ meetings, the NFL will expand the Rooney Rule, which will now require additional interviews of minority candidates, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

“NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday that the league will require clubs to interview at least two external minority candidates for head coaching openings and at least one minority candidate for any coordinator job, per sources informed of the decision,” Patra writes.

“In addition, teams must interview one external minority candidate for senior football operations and general manager jobs. Teams and the NFL league office must also include minorities and/or female applicants for senior-level positions, including club president jobs.”

The NFL is also considering two other changes in its hiring process for minority candidates. “The first proposal would end clubs’ ability to block assistant coaches from interviewing for coordinator jobs with other teams,” Patra writes. “The second is on a proposal that would provide teams enhanced draft stock for hiring minority candidates as head coaches or primary football executives.”


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