“I think our problems in the NFL along those lines are minimal,” Fangio said. “We are a league of meritocracies, you win what you get, you get what you earn.”
“I don’t see racism in the NFL at any point. I don’t see discrimination in the NFL,” Fangio added. “… We’re lucky. We all live together, come together as one, for a common goal, and we all mix and mingle tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”
Of the 32 NFL teams, only four have a non-white coach. Of the five off-season coaching vacancies, only one was filled by a non-white person when Ron Rivera, who is Hispanic, was hired by Washington. Only two of the current general managers are minorities.
On May 19, the NFL announced the implementation of improved diversity policies and an expansion of the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview a minority coach each time a head coach opens.
Now, clubs will have to interview at least two minority candidates for head coach vacancies; at least one minority candidate for any of the three coordinator vacancies; and at least one external minority candidate for senior football operations or CEO position.
Minority and female applicants should also be included in the interview processes for higher-level front positions such as club president and senior executives in communications, finance, human resources, legal, football operations, Sales, marketing, sponsorship, information technology and security sites. .