Vic Fangio’s Eagles stint might sign new Rooney Rule technique


Vic Fangio
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Tremendous Bowl LVII was a thriller involving all of the drama and storylines we’ve come to like in regards to the NFL. We noticed a number of massive performs, quarterback heroics, and even bought a controversial penalty that some really feel ought to’ve been ignored, though it was clearly a penalty. One thing else occurred within the weeks main as much as the sport that feels prefer it must be an even bigger story than it was. Philadelphia introduced in long-time defensive coordinator and former Denver Broncos head coach, Vic Fangio, to assist the protection put together for his or her date with Patrick Mahomes.

On the time, there wasn’t a lot considered the state of affairs, however wanting again, there’s one thing odd about this setup that we might start to see extra of if Roger Goodell’s workplace lets it proceed. We’ve seen groups herald former coaches as consultants many instances however not in fairly the identical approach as Fangio with the Eagles. The truth that Fangio had already accepted the DC place in Miami was one other pink flag. He was allowed to attend two weeks till the Tremendous Bowl was over earlier than formally signing with the Dolphins.

It’s possible you’ll be questioning why or how this might develop into a problem. There’s this little factor known as the “Rooney Rule” that many NFL franchises like to ignore within the hiring course of for coaches. The Eagles reportedly expressed curiosity in Fangio since they knew then-DC Jonathan Gannon would possible be up for a head teaching gig. However Fangio wasn’t ready to see what occurred and agreed to affix Miami on the finish of January.

So, the plan to herald Denver’s former head man was in place, and Philly would’ve had two weeks to basically “interview” Fangio earlier than bringing him on because the official chief of the protection. This maneuvering would have allowed the Eagles to get across the rule that they need to interview a minority candidate. The positions of head coach, basic supervisor, OC, DC, and now QB coach are all beneath the umbrella of the Rooney Rule. It was amended in Could of 2022 to incorporate potential QB coaches. There’s a purpose why this wasn’t extensively reported earlier than the Tremendous Bowl. It’s in all probability as a result of Philly nor the NFL needed this out within the open main as much as the large recreation.

Don’t be shocked when this turns into the brand new fashionable approach for organizations to rent new coaches with out adhering to league “guidelines.” However the Rooney Rule was at all times going to be robust to implement. So long as the commissioner of the league is an worker of the lads (NFL house owners) he’s “supposed” watch over, they’ll proceed to rent whom they need, when they need, and to placed on a present for the league in interviewing minority candidates understanding they’ve bought no actual likelihood at touchdown the job.

It’s simply one other ploy by NFL house owners to bypass minority coaches for head teaching jobs. Steve Wilkes did a fantastic job in Carolina after they relieved Matt Rhule of his duties and was handed up following the season in favor of Frank Reich. After 5 years as OC in Kansas Metropolis, two Tremendous Bowl wins, and three appearances, Eric Bieniemy needed to accept making a lateral transfer over to Washington, taking up as their new OC. Certainly, he bought a pay improve, however all these white coordinators get head teaching jobs after one or two years of barely doing something. It’s simply blatant at this level that house owners are virtually refusing to rent black/minority head coaches.

Except you’re the Houston Texans, who’re on their third black coach in as a few years after hiring former San Francisco DC DeMeco Ryans. Hopefully, he’ll get an actual likelihood to construct this roster, however that is the Texans. The NFL nonetheless has an extended approach to go together with bringing in additional various head coaches and front-office personnel. Sure, you need the most effective particular person for the job, however when a man like Nick Siriani will get a head teaching job and had by no means known as performs as an OC, however that’s one of many the reason why Bieniemy can’t get employed, then it’s clear that somebody (a number of folks) doesn’t need him to make the rank of head coach. The identical goes for Wilkes, who’s gotten a uncooked deal twice when white coaches in the identical place would’ve been given ample alternative.

Certain, Sirianni has confirmed to be coach, however he bought the chance to show doubters fallacious. These different males, particularly black coaches, aren’t even getting an opportunity to show whether or not they can get the job carried out.


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