On Black Monday we’ll see white coaches fired, and more white coaches lined up to replace them

How excited are you to see Bill O'Brien and Kellen Moore getting head coaching jobs?

How excited are you to see Bill O’Brien and Kellen Moore getting head coaching jobs?
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Even when you’re twice – and sometimes three times – better, it doesn’t matter. Because in the NFL, owners would rather lose to someone who looks like him instead of winning to a black manager.

“Black Monday” has arrived, as the day following the conclusion of the regular season has become an annual tradition where more coaches are served their papers. We already knew the coaching changes would take place in Denver, Jacksonville and Las Vegas, due to reports Vic Fangio was done with the Broncos before it even started on Monday, the firing of Urban Meyer last month and the resignation of Jon Gruden in October. Matt Nagy (Chicago), Mike Zimmer (Minnesota) and Brian Flores (Miami) also lost their jobs Monday morning.

But this column is not about the guys who will be fired this week. It’s about everyone who should be hired, but may not because NFL owners are fixated on giving mediocre white coaches countless opportunities to prove they’re mediocre, or obsessed with younger white coaches with paper-thin resumes.


O’Brien was reportedly targeted for offensive coordinator position with the Carolina Panthers, as well as for the vacancy as head coach in Jacksonville.

White men always fail.

In case you forgot, the last time O’Brien was an NFL manager things went terribly wrong. Because despite his 52-48 record during the regular season, the Texans were 2-4 below him in the postseason, as O’Brien repeatedly wasted the talents of JJ Watt, Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins.

During his time in Houston, O’Brien traded Jadeveon Clowney, gave Miami two first-round picks and one second-round pick for Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills, and got rid of DeAndre Hopkins, one of the best wide receivers. of the championship. And if that weren’t bad enough, O’Brien would have made callous comments to DeAndre Hopkins during a meeting about his “Baby mamas” – coded language used negatively to describe blacks, and had a “verbal explosion in practice”With Watt because the coach had“ lost the team ”.

Yet somehow people think O’Brien deserves to return to the NFL because he is responsible for a loaded and ridiculously talented bout in Alabama that is basically self-managing.

Cowboy Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore is also being interviewed by the Jaguars, which was supposed to happen in September, when ESPN analysts were looking to take him to the forefront with just three weeks into the season.

“This is a guy whose name you’ll hear when people interview for coaches next January,” ESPN NFL insider Dan Graziano of Moore told Max Kellerman’s. This only inside, as the chiron at the bottom of the screen for the segment put it, “Chance of Kellen Moore being offered a coaching position in the NFL.”

“Kellen Moore plays with the zone pattern, and the different patterns they have, for their offensive line … He’s putting the game in the quarterback’s hands, which is what you want when you’re on the pitch,” added Jeff Sabato.

Ironically, the last two offensive coordinators who have won the Super Bowl may return there, since Eric Bieniemy’s Kansas City bout is the No. 2 of the AFC, while Byron Leftwich’s Tampa Bay attack is the second seed of the NFC.

But you need more than a brilliant resume and the flattery of your players and coaches when you’re black to land a head coaching job in the NFL. That’s just the way it is.

And while Bieniemy and Leftwich have been reported as targets for positions and they will also be interviewed, there is nothing different this year than the previous ones that have left them without head coach jobs. But what do you expect from a championship run by owners who showed us their hands weeks – and months – ago, as they’d rather lose to those they “feel most comfortable with” rather than invest in “diversity”.

Black Monday may be a gloomy day for white coaches, but it’s just another day of the week for black ones.


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