NFL extends Rooney Rule to include women in latest effort to address diversity efforts
Ricky Gray | March 29, 2022
The rule will also require all 32 teams to make hire one minority offensive coach
In a shocking move, a series of policy enhancements were added to the Rooney Rule by the NFL on Monday afternoon. These changes were made in an effort to add more diverse hires to the NFL, women coaches were also added.
According to the new rule, all 32 teams in the NFL will need to hire a minority offensive assistant coach for the 2022 season. The rule states the hire can be "a female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority."
The NFL believes that this move will directly affect the hiring pool for offensive-minded head coaches. Offensive head coaches are the most sought-after candidates when teams are looking for a head coach.
Art Rooney II, the chairman of the NFL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee said: "It's a recognition that at the moment, when you look at stepping stones for a head coach, they are the coordinator positions. We clearly have a trend where coaches are coming from the offensive side of the ball in recent years, and we clearly do not have as many minorities in the offensive coordinator [job]."
In regards to the addition of women to the rule, Rooney stated: "The truth of the matter is that as of today, at least, there aren't many women in the pool in terms of head coach."
Rooney continued, "We hope that is going to change over the years, but for that reason we didn't see it as inhibiting the number of interviews for racial minorities at this point in time. Obviously, we can address that as time goes on, but for now we didn't see that as an issue."
In 2022, the NFL hit a league record of 15 minorities at the NFL's defensive coordinator position. When looking at the league data, minority coaches make up 39% of the league's total, which is up 4% from last season.