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Fritz Pollard Alliance's Rod Graves: Jacksonville Jaguars' hiring of Chris Doyle 'simply unacceptable'


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  • Michael DiRoccoESPN Staff Writer


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Fritz Pollard Alliance blasted the Jacksonville Jaguars and head coach Urban Meyer for hiring Chris Doyle, a former strength coach at the University of Iowa who was accused of making racist remarks and belittling and bullying players, to be the team's director of sports performance.

Fritz Pollard Alliance executive director Rod Graves released a statement on Friday that called Doyle's hiring unacceptable and Meyer's defense of the hire an example of the problems minority coaches face in the NFL.


"At a time when the NFL has failed to solve its problem with racial hiring practices, it is simply unacceptable to welcome Chris Doyle into the ranks of NFL coaches," Graves' statement read. "Doyle's departure from the University of Iowa reflected a tenure riddled with poor judgment and mistreatment of Black players. His conduct should be as disqualifying for the NFL as it was for University of Iowa.
"Urban Meyer's statement, 'I've known Chris for close to 20 years' reflects the good ol' boy network that is precisely the reason there is such a disparity in employment opportunities for Black coaches."

The Fritz Pollard Alliance is an organization devoted to championing diversity in the NFL. It comprises scouts, coaches and front office personnel in the NFL as well as other sports professionals.

Doyle's hiring drew immediate backlash on Thursday, when the team announced the move as part of Meyer's complete coaching staff. Doyle had been Iowa's director of strength and conditioning from 1999 until last summer, when he and the school reached a separation agreement after numerous former Iowa players spoke out about mistreatment within the Iowa program.

A number of the allegations came from Black players and concerned the way Doyle treated them and his use of racist language. Meyer said he researched Doyle, had some intense conversations with him and is confident that there will not be problems in the future.
"I vet everyone on our staff and like I said, the relationship goes back close to 20 years and a lot of hard questions asked, a lot of vetting involved with all our staff," Meyer said. "We did a very good job vetting that one.

"... I met with our staff and I'm going to be very transparent with all the players like I am with everything. I'll listen closely and learn, and also there's going to have to be some trust in their head coach that we're going to give them the very best of the best, and time will tell. ... The allegations that took place, I will say [to the players] I vetted him. I know the person for close to 20 years and I can assure them there will be nothing of any sort in the Jaguar facility."

Some of the issues raised by the numerous former Iowa players who spoke out on social media last year were: Black and white players were held to different standards; Black players were mistreated; Doyle and other assistants made racist remarks; and Black players felt they had to conform to specific ways of dress and behavior. Their complaints sparked the university to hire a Kansas City law firm to conduct an external investigation into the football program.
The issues were not strictly related to race.

Former Iowa offensive lineman Jack Kallenberger said last June on Twitter that he retired from football in January 2019 after he became despondent because of what he described as bullying related to a learning disability. Doyle was among the coaches he named who harassed him.

The university placed Doyle on administrative leave on June 6 in the wake of those allegations. One day later, Doyle defended himself in a statement posted to Twitter that read, in part: "At no time have I ever crossed the line of unethical behavior or bias based upon race. I do not make racist comments and I don't tolerate people who do."

On June 14, it was announced that Doyle was out at Iowa. Doyle, who was the nation's highest-paid strength coach at $800,000 annually, received 15 months' salary (roughly $1.1 million), and he and his family were awarded benefits from Iowa for 15 months, or until he found employment elsewhere, which he did this month with the Jaguars.

 
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now if a BLACK quarterback had even TRIED TO DO THIS.....

During an interview with 97.5 the Fanatic on Friday, Schefter said that Wentz and Pederson went at least eight weeks without talking to each other during the regular season. "There are a lot of things that went wrong," Schefter said when asked about the drama in Philadelphia. "We have the team drafting Jalen Hurts



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There's an element of race bias and also a "likeability" bias.
Antonio has done himself no favors amongst logical adults regardless of race. Rodgers is a golden child and very likeable to the viewers and consumers who matter most to the NFL.

NFL justice is arbitrary just like criminal justice.
 

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Mike Tomlin is proof that NFL owners’ unwillingness to hire more Black coaches is a stupid and willful decision
Steelers coach becomes first in NFL history to start career with 15 straight non-losing seasons

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Carron J. Phillips





Give Mike Tomlin the respect (and the paycheck) he deserves.Image: Getty Images

If Mike Tomlin were white, he’d be on the Mount Rushmore of NFL coaches and it wouldn’t be debatable.
For close to two decades, he’s survived in a league that’s constantly proven that they don’t want men like him around in positions of power, been to two Super Bowls, and is the youngest coach in NFL history to raise the Lombardi Trophy.
However, the thing that sets Tomlin apart from his peers is his consistency. Despite free agency, rising salary caps, and playing in a league that’s designed to create parity, the Steelers have never been a bad football team during Tomlin’s tenure. Due to Monday night’s 26-14 win over the Browns, it guaranteed that for the 15th straight year Tomlin will end the season with at least a .500 record, something no other coach in NFL history has done to start their careers.



“Not as I sit here today, and I say that humbly,” Tomlin said on Tuesday when asked about the meaning of reaching the mark. “Our agenda, this year, is to get into [the] single-elimination tournament and then pit our skills against others in that single-elimination tournament in an effort to win the world championship. That’s our mentality every year.






“And so with that mentality, it’s just certain hardware that you expect to pick up along the way. And if you don’t, you’d be seriously disappointed. That’s just an expectation that we have here in Pittsburgh.”
To make the playoffs, the Steelers need a few things to go their way, including a win over the Ravens on Sunday, along with a Jaguars victory over the Colts, and for the Chargers/Raiders game not to end in a tie. Depending on Jacksonville is what will likely keep Tomlin from his 10th postseason appearance in 15 years. But yet, despite all he’s accomplished, Tomlin is constantly disrespected, like when he was asked about the USC job last fall. Only Black people are expected to be excited about potential jobs that will turn out to be a lateral move or a demotion.

“Anybody asking Sean Payton about that, ya know? Anybody asking Andy Reid about stuff like that?” asked Tomlin.
The reason Tomlin mentioned those white Super Bowl-winning coaches is because he’s better than them, yet they don’t have to deal with trivial questions and speculations about college jobs that are beneath them like he does. In total, Tomlin is 153-85-2 for a winning percentage of .642. By comparison, Payton’s winning pct. is .629, while Reid’s is .632. And in case you were wondering, Reid has three losing seasons on his resume and Payton has four. Tomlin? None. And unlike Reid and Payton, Tomlin doesn’t get as much media attention as other coaches in the league despite having a better resume. You won’t find him in too many national commercials as a pitch man.
And then there are the unnecessary shots that Tomlin has taken over the years from people like former Steeler Terry Bradshaw, who once said that Tomlin “was not his kind of coach” and referred to him as a cheerleader.

“I think he’s not just a great Black head coach, he’s a great head coach,” Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward said in 2020. “It’s one thing to be the all-time winningest Black head coach, but this dude deserves more than enough credit. To never have a losing season, to get the most out of his players. It’s not just first-rounders that wound up playing great here. He’s had fifth [round], sixth, undrafted guys who’ve done well.
“I know a lot of people like to say he inherited a great team, but think about other people who have inherited great teams. Think about the basketball teams that Phil Jackson would take over. That’s not a shot at him, but when you are able to lead a group of men and lead them the right way, that says a lot about the type of coach you are.”
When Michigan State signed Mel Tucker to a 10-year, $95 million deal in November, it made him the highest-paid Black coach in American sports – which is a gamechanger. And while Tomlin is the highest-paid Black coach in the NFL making $8 million a year, it’s laughable that anybody outside of Bill Belichick – $12.5 million – makes more than him annually, as Pete Carroll brings home $11 million while Payton is at $9.8 million.
(whispers) Pete Carroll has four losing seasons in his career. It’s time for Pittsburgh to cut the check and start paying Mike Tomlin like he’s a white man.


 

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Mike Tomlin is proof that NFL owners’ unwillingness to hire more Black coaches is a stupid and willful decision
Steelers coach becomes first in NFL history to start career with 15 straight non-losing seasons

By
Carron J. Phillips





Give Mike Tomlin the respect (and the paycheck) he deserves.Image: Getty Images

If Mike Tomlin were white, he’d be on the Mount Rushmore of NFL coaches and it wouldn’t be debatable.
For close to two decades, he’s survived in a league that’s constantly proven that they don’t want men like him around in positions of power, been to two Super Bowls, and is the youngest coach in NFL history to raise the Lombardi Trophy.
However, the thing that sets Tomlin apart from his peers is his consistency. Despite free agency, rising salary caps, and playing in a league that’s designed to create parity, the Steelers have never been a bad football team during Tomlin’s tenure. Due to Monday night’s 26-14 win over the Browns, it guaranteed that for the 15th straight year Tomlin will end the season with at least a .500 record, something no other coach in NFL history has done to start their careers.



“Not as I sit here today, and I say that humbly,” Tomlin said on Tuesday when asked about the meaning of reaching the mark. “Our agenda, this year, is to get into [the] single-elimination tournament and then pit our skills against others in that single-elimination tournament in an effort to win the world championship. That’s our mentality every year.






“And so with that mentality, it’s just certain hardware that you expect to pick up along the way. And if you don’t, you’d be seriously disappointed. That’s just an expectation that we have here in Pittsburgh.”
To make the playoffs, the Steelers need a few things to go their way, including a win over the Ravens on Sunday, along with a Jaguars victory over the Colts, and for the Chargers/Raiders game not to end in a tie. Depending on Jacksonville is what will likely keep Tomlin from his 10th postseason appearance in 15 years. But yet, despite all he’s accomplished, Tomlin is constantly disrespected, like when he was asked about the USC job last fall. Only Black people are expected to be excited about potential jobs that will turn out to be a lateral move or a demotion.

“Anybody asking Sean Payton about that, ya know? Anybody asking Andy Reid about stuff like that?” asked Tomlin.
The reason Tomlin mentioned those white Super Bowl-winning coaches is because he’s better than them, yet they don’t have to deal with trivial questions and speculations about college jobs that are beneath them like he does. In total, Tomlin is 153-85-2 for a winning percentage of .642. By comparison, Payton’s winning pct. is .629, while Reid’s is .632. And in case you were wondering, Reid has three losing seasons on his resume and Payton has four. Tomlin? None. And unlike Reid and Payton, Tomlin doesn’t get as much media attention as other coaches in the league despite having a better resume. You won’t find him in too many national commercials as a pitch man.
And then there are the unnecessary shots that Tomlin has taken over the years from people like former Steeler Terry Bradshaw, who once said that Tomlin “was not his kind of coach” and referred to him as a cheerleader.

“I think he’s not just a great Black head coach, he’s a great head coach,” Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward said in 2020. “It’s one thing to be the all-time winningest Black head coach, but this dude deserves more than enough credit. To never have a losing season, to get the most out of his players. It’s not just first-rounders that wound up playing great here. He’s had fifth [round], sixth, undrafted guys who’ve done well.
“I know a lot of people like to say he inherited a great team, but think about other people who have inherited great teams. Think about the basketball teams that Phil Jackson would take over. That’s not a shot at him, but when you are able to lead a group of men and lead them the right way, that says a lot about the type of coach you are.”
When Michigan State signed Mel Tucker to a 10-year, $95 million deal in November, it made him the highest-paid Black coach in American sports – which is a gamechanger. And while Tomlin is the highest-paid Black coach in the NFL making $8 million a year, it’s laughable that anybody outside of Bill Belichick – $12.5 million – makes more than him annually, as Pete Carroll brings home $11 million while Payton is at $9.8 million.
(whispers) Pete Carroll has four losing seasons in his career. It’s time for Pittsburgh to cut the check and start paying Mike Tomlin like he’s a white man.


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