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Are Teams Skirting the Rooney Rule?

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This firing season has been long and brutal, with some coaches saying it has been one of the worst in recent years. The most merciless he’s seen in over a decade is how one assistant coach described it. Another said this: blacks are being shut out of the process.

That is a theme among not a significant number of black NFL assistant coaches. Based on interviews with a number of black assistants the feeling is that some teams in the NFL are skirting the Rooney Rule -- which since 2003 has required NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate before making a hire.

Some assistants said that several NFL teams have blatantly defied that rule. These assistants did not want to be identified out of fear of ...

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