The Rooney Rule, implemented in 2003, was named for Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who steadfastly pushed the league to require every team to interview at least one minority candidate every time there is a coaching or general manager opening.
One of those aforementioned black ex-coaches is Tony Dungy. Dungy became the first black head coach to win a Super Bowl when he lead the Colts to the title in 2006.
Current ESPN analyst and former coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets, Herm Edwards, thinks the league should even think about revising the name of the rule altogether."When you use the Rooney Rule and not correctly, you put a little bit of a bad mark on Mr. Rooney's name, and that is not good," Edwards said. "If it keeps going this way, we might need to take his name off the rule. It is not being used in the right manner that Mr. Rooney meant it to be."
Jim Caldwell, former Colts head man and current offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl bound Ravens, chimed in with his thoughts on the matter.
"It has been a great rule and it has worked in the past," he said. "Just like anything else, you have to, after a certain period of time, revisit it and take a look and see if it needs a little tweaking. I think it does in this particular case."
Dungy went on to call the entire hiring system as broken, while Edwards speculated whether or not minority candidates are actually considered for jobs or if they are just brought in for an interview to satisfy the rule.
Via CBS Sports