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Not the best analogy imo, but good for Marvin Lewis.

Marvin Lewis on NFL draft incentives for minority hiring: 'Like having Jim Crow laws'

The NFL proposal that would provide incentive for teams to hire minority head coaches and general managers by improving their draft spots was put on hold Wednesday after voices across the league, including current minority coaches, criticized the idea.

Marvin Lewis, who coached the Cincinnati Bengals for 15 seasons before being let go after 2018, called the proposal "offensive."

“It was offensive, definitely offensive,” Lewis told the Baltimore Sun. “It was like having Jim Crow laws.”

Lewis, now the co-defensive coordinator at Arizona State, said hiring practices have hardly improved since the Bengals hired him in 2003. At a league meeting Tuesday, however, the NFL expanded the requirements for the Rooney Rule, and teams must now conduct interviews with a minimum of two external minority candidates.

That idea received approval from Lewis.

“We had come a long way as far as assistant coaches, but we never made any inroads in management,” Lewis said. “This will be a plus requiring more than one minority to be interviewed because it will cause them to take a deeper dive. This will allow more minorities more opportunities.”

The current iteration of the "Rooney Rule" required clubs to interview one minority candidate for open jobs. After eight minority coaches made up a quarter of the jobs in 2017, there are now only three black coaches (Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles Chargers; Brian Flores, Miami Dolphins; Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers) and one Latino (Ron Rivera, Washington Redskins).

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Posted: 05/21/2020 at 1:38PM


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Not the best analogy imo, but good for Marvin Lewis. -- graycalhoo 05/21/2020 1:38PM
  I was shocked to hear they put that in writing ** -- HoosYourDaddy003 05/21/2020 2:55PM

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