LOWER THE BOOM: Seahawks Make Mockery of Rooney Rule

lower_the_boom-1Jim Mora is finished in Seattle after a disappointing first season as head coach.  He stands to collect about $15 million for the three years remaining on his contract.  As Bears fans, we all wish the Bears organization had the wherewithal to fire a head coach with big bucks left on his contract, so I admire owner  Paul Allen and the Seahawks organization for making a decisive move.

It reminds me that the Bears are a Mom and Pop shop compared to “big boy” NFL organizations.  Organizations like the Seahawks, Redskins and Cowboys are like Walmart, Target and other big box stores.  Sooner or later, they run the Mom and Pop shops out of business.  I could bemoan the state of the Bears all day, but I’ve got a bigger fish to fry.

It’s clear that the Seahawks had a plan when they dismissed Mora.  How else could you explain the immediate deal that is being rumored with soon-to-be-former USC coach Pete Carroll?  Yup, word out of Seattle is the Carroll is headed to Seattle and much to Bears fans dismay, it’s very likely that he’ll be taking OC Jeremy Bates with him.

The Seahawks just have to navigate a couple of formalities and they should be formally announcing the deal on Monday.  The formalities?  The Rooney Rule

In case you don’t know what the Rooney Rule is, it’s quite simple.  NFL teams must interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operations positions.

So the Seahawks busily set up a Saturday interview with Vikings Defensive Coordinator and former ’85 Bear Leslie Frazier to satisfy the requirements of the rule. They also apparently reached out to another former Bear, Chargers DC Ron Rivera to try to schedule an interview, but he wasn’t buying.

What is the freaking point in scheduling these interviews when the already have a deal in place with Carroll?  It’s making a mockery of the rule!

This is not the forum to debate the merits of affirmative action and frankly I’m not the person to be debating it.  I’m just a regular white guy who follows football, so it’s not fair for me to get all political on this.  The point is, it’s a rule.  Don’t laugh in the face of the rule by bringing someone in for an interview when you never intend to hire them.

On my recent visit to Seattle there was no shortage of homeless guys on the street that the Seahawks could have set up for the “interview.” Pick a minority from among them and there you go.

So Seattle Seahawks, don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining and don’t bring in a minority candidate to interview for a position that you’ve already filled!


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  • Anthony

    Whoever wrote this article should be fired and replaced by a black man. Leslie is a great coach and the seahawks may sign him. Pete has not signed with the seahawks yet, so it does not violate any rules. Get a life and don’t be mad that you got cutler who can’t cut it. Most INT’s in the NFL???

  • Boomer

    Dude, slow your roll. I agree – Leslie is a great candidate. My point is that he should get a real fair shake, not get paraded through when all indications are clear that the Seahawks have already made up their mind. PS – I am thinking about converting. Any suggestions?

  • richardfg7

    What would you have them do then? Or is your real complant that the hawks might end-up with the offensie coordinator from usc that the bears were trying to get to baby-sit Cutler? Go Hawks!!!

  • John

    Who gives a rat’s a**. This Rooney role is reverse discrimination. I so sick of hearing from you whiners. There are way more blacks in the NFL than white. I want to see a “Must Tryout White Players Rule”.

  • kevin farmer

    All is fair in love and war. Lower the Boooom? That’s just silly. The Redskins and everbody else do similar things. But, there’s only an outcry it seems when it’s the Seahawks or somebody other than the established teams that have a history of succsess in the league. The Rooney rule is good and good for the game. John take a timeout. Let’s hope that the Seahawks got the right man to bring them out of Loserville. Go Hawks!!!

  • Gavin Tugana

    Kevin, sorry, the team not really playing by the Rooney Rule doesn’t matter to me. I’m just as pissed as when it’s the Redskins or any other NFL organization. Don’t generalize.

  • VicMck

    Boomer don’t hide your racism behind the statement that this is not the place to discuss reverse discrimination, and then proceed to give your opinion in support of it. Anyone in support of the
    Rooney Rule is a racist.

  • MitchSM

    Since there is no Rooney Rule when it comes to players, why is there one for coaching positions? In fact, why is there a Rooney Rule at all? It should be up to the team to decide who they want for their next coach. It should be based on qualifications, not a person’s ethnicity. There are plenty of players that want to play in the NFL, that the race of the coaches is the least of their concern. If there are players who don’t want to play for a coach who looks like them, then perhaps they should chose another profession that pays thems just as well. As I thought.

  • Matt

    The Rooney Rule, and other race laws are what’s racist. There would be no racism in this country if everyone would just move on.

    Blacks rule the NBA and NFL. The best explanation ESPN can come up with is in Jalen Rose’s comment, “sports like golf are taking all the good, White athletes.” Give me a break. Black athletes are more suited to play the game, and so far, whites have been better coaches and executives. I happen to thik Singletary is one of the top coaches in the NFL, IMHO.

    How come the Chinese aren’t complaining there aren’t any Chinese coaches? Or so on and so forth, down the list of different races and cultures in our world? Because those races aren’t racist.

    I’m glad the Hawks made a mockery of this rule. It’s rediculous. “Minorities” fight for equality, and having a rule that holds their hands, and gives them extra chances isn’t being equal at all.

  • Boomer

    Hey Matt – not sure if you’re channeling Jimmy the Greek or Reggie White, but I appreciate the feedback either way. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    Maybe this touched a nerve for me because it’s former Bear Leslie Frazier who seems to be getting used in this situation and it certainly popped up on my radar more so because it involves a potential OC candidate for the Bears.

    I don’t intend to solve equal opportunity or racial equality questions on this site. Just wondering which is a bigger joke – the rule or how the Seahawks abide by it.

  • clif

    I agree people need to be interviewed. But lets face it, when you have a coach out there like Mike Shanahan, he has more experience than Frazier. So the league forces this to happen.