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Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called NFL owners out during the league’s meetings last week in Florida and said hiring minority candidates will not get better until the owners accept that there are other candidates out there than themselves, a source said to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.
Carroll spoke for about 10 minutes during a meeting with general managers and coaches last Tuesday in Palm Beach. His comments came a day after the league announced that all 32 NFL teams must hire an offensive assistant coach for the 2022 season.
However, the longtime Seahawks coach told the group that such policies will never be enough until the owners themselves change.
“He just got off,” a source told Schefter about Carroll’s comments at the meeting. “He said you can do anything, but until the owners get to know these candidates before the actual interviews and understand that they have to hire people who are different from them, it will not really change.”
Schefter also reported that the owners “were not happy” when they heard about Carroll’s comments afterwards.
The new policy adopted by the NFL at last week’s meetings says a coach can be “a female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority.” They will be paid from a league-wide fund. The coach must work closely with the head coach and the offensive staff with the aim of increasing the minority participation in the pool of offensive coaches who in the long run produce the most coveted candidates for head coach positions.
In addition, the league added women to the language of the Rooney rule at all levels.
Carroll, meanwhile, has coached the Seahawks for 12 seasons. During that time, none of the four offensive coordinators the team has hired has been a minority; three of its five defensive coordinators have been Black (Kris Richard, Ken Norton Jr. and Clint Hurtt).