Nathaniel Hackett and Josh McDaniels are helping Brian Flores’ case

If Brian Flores, Duce Staley, Eric Bienemy and Byron Leftwich have been all in a bunch chat, I’d pay good cash to learn the issues they’d in all probability say about how horrific Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett and Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels have been this season.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers misplaced 29-17 to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday evening, you may need acknowledged Brian Flores was on the sidelines. He’s serving as Pittsburgh’s senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach as a result of that’s the only job he could get on account of his class-action lawsuit towards the NFL for its racist hiring practices.

Flores — joined by Ray Horton and Steve Wilks — are standing up for the Staleys, Bieniemys, and Leftwichs of the world, as they’re sick of being underpaid and missed in relation to the hiring course of, whereas bums like Hackett and McDaniels — and lots of others — maintain getting alternatives to point out us how underqualified and mediocre they’re at teaching soccer.

Despite all that’s been written and mentioned concerning the decades-long plight of Black coaches within the NFL, this previous week has been a transparent instance of simply how intentional the blackballing of Black coaches has traditionally been, which has solely been heightened by how laughable coaches like Hackett and McDaniels have been the previous few weeks.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post launched its collection on how the NFL blocks Black coaches. It’s an examination of simply how a lot hate and racism have at all times been within the NFL’s DNA, which has led to the unfair hiring practices we see on the sidelines and in entrance workplaces as we speak.

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Check out this half from WaPo columnist Jerry Brewer:

“The descendants of four owners who were part of the Black exile still control franchises. George Halas paid $100 for the Bears in 1920. Tim Mara spent $500 on the Giants in 1925. Charles Bidwill put down $50,000 for the Cardinals in 1932. Art Rooney was charged a $2,500 fee for an expansion Pittsburgh franchise in 1933. Although they made Black players disappear for a dozen years, they left their families with integrated teams now worth billions.”

Another part of the Post’s report goes on to debate how the evaluation of three many years of knowledge has proven that since 1990 solely 11 % of full-time head coaches have been Black, as there have been 154 White coaches throughout that time-frame in comparison with simply 20 Black males. It additionally revealed that Black coaches who win no less than 9 video games are fired simply as typically as White coaches who solely win no less than six. The numbers have at all times been there. However, they’ve grow to be much more vital if you see what’s taking place on the sector.

In Week 1, Hackett determined to kick a 64-yard subject aim as a substitute of going for it on fourth-and-5 with Russell Wilson — a Super Bowl-winning quarterback that the Broncos simply determined to pay $245 million.

He adopted that up in Week 2 with a cluster of head-scratching time administration snafus and even let his tight finish run the choice. Denver sits at 1-1 as they’ve scored 16 factors in each of their video games. And the one factor that the top coach of some of the disappointing groups within the league had to say was, “I need to do better making decisions, faster and quicker and getting that information to the quarterback.”

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And within the case of McDaniel, he’s main a winless Raiders crew that simply made historical past by giving up the biggest lead the franchise has ever witnessed. Somehow, Las Vegas misplaced to Arizona after main 23-7 going into the fourth quarter. They would go on to lose because the Cardinals scored 22 unanswered factors, profitable the sport on a 59-yard fumble return in time beyond regulation. In his two stints as a head coach (McDaniels led the Broncos from 2009-10), McDaniels has a mixed document of 11-19, however nonetheless one way or the other has a job.

Black coaches don’t get alternatives like this. They’re not allowed to suck as badly as Nathaniel Hackett, or get rehired like Josh McDaniels — who has confirmed that he’s higher as a coordinator. On Sunday, a few of you’ll in all probability be questioning why your crew sucks or isn’t enjoying as much as its capacity. Well, this week answered your questions, because it confirmed us as soon as once more that NFL homeowners would moderately lose with white coaches than win with Black ones.

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