NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual press conference during Super Bowl week opened with a series of questions about the hiring of minority head coach candidates.
The NFL’s initial statement in response to former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores’ lawsuit was that his allegations were baseless, but Goodell sent a memo to the 32 teams a few days later saying the league had no does enough to advance minority candidates. On Wednesday, Goodell said the initial response was about “legal claims” rather than the experiences Flores and others have had during their careers.
Goodell said “racism or any form of discrimination is against our values and really something we won’t tolerate” and that the league hasn’t achieved what it wanted to be “by far” on the front end. hiring.
“We want to see results,” Goodell said. “We’re going to step back and watch everything we do.”
Goodell included the Rooney rule among the things the league needs to re-evaluate going forward. He said the league would review both changes to the rule and the possibility of eliminating it if the rule is found not to create the opportunities the league wants to see. He added that the league will “not draw any conclusions” until it has fully assessed “everything we are doing” regarding the lack of diversity in the head coaching ranks.