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Fritz Pollard Alliance ‘surprised’ no minority coach hired yet

1/10/2019 8:44:48 PM
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The respected Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes minority candidates and seeks equal job opportunities for NFL head coach and front-office positions, has been “surprised” no minority coach has been tapped during the current hiring cycle, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. And chairman John Wooten on Thursday tackled the question whether that places added pressure on the Miami Dolphins or Cincinnati Bengals to hire such a candidate:

“No, I don’t think that. No,” Wooten said of the idea of pressure on the two remaining teams without a head coach. “We’re at a point in time when people look at and pick who they think is their best guy to take over and move their club forward. Whoever they think is that guy, that’s who it’s going to be. I think all of them have done that.

“Have there been some surprises? Yes. But that’s what all of them do. Who can help this club win? And that’s the bottom line — to win. In my opinion there isn’t any [pressure] added, no.”

That doesn’t mean Wooten is happy with how things have transpired so far.

The FPA annually supplies the NFL with a list of minority candidates it believes worthy of consideration for open jobs. None of the men on that list have been hired during this coach hiring cycle.

“I’m very much aware of that, yes,” Wooten said. “The thing we’re looking at, I’ll be very open and frank with you, I’m very much surprised at some of the hirings that have been done so far. Like anything else, different people like different things, so that’s what you have to deal with.

“However, I feel that the searches in all places, they had diversity of interviews. You said, which we’re all aware, no minorities have been hired. We hope some will be.”

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