The NFL regular season ended on Sunday, and with it comes the dreadful Black Monday. Black Monday is the day after the NFL season ends and under-performing coaches are fired. What made this Black Monday so alarming and dreadful, was the fact now the league is only left with two African American head coaches.
It also significantly reduced the number of minority head coaches across the league. Of the eight head coaches from 2018 who were fired, five were African-American — Hue Jackson, Steve Wilks, Marvin Lewis, Vance Joseph, and Todd Bowles.
BREAKING: #Bengals and Marvin Lewis have mutually decided to part ways after 16 seasons.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 31, 2018
Since nobody else will say it, of the 7 black head coaches that started the 2018 NFL season, only 2 remain.
Good luck Mike Tomlin & Anthony Lynn.
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) December 31, 2018
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) December 23, 2018
Interesting that a lot of people think Steve Wilks will be one-and-done, and no one thinks Matt Patricia will be. I would argue that Patricia has performed worse, relative to what should've been expected with the teams they each inherited. https://t.co/QdCwZvpDeo
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) December 23, 2018
In a league in which approximately 70 percent of the players are black, the NFL currently has only three minority head coaches — the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, the Chargers’ Anthony Lynn, and the Panthers’ Ron Rivera, who is Hispanic.
And the NFL also is down to just one minority general manager — Dolphins GM Chris Grier, who earned a promotion on Monday to oversee the team’s entire football operation. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie was fired last month, and Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is retiring at the end of the season.
This is shameful, considering that over the last decade — with the help of The Fritz Pollard Alliance Rooney Rule, its database of qualified candidates of color, new programs designed to aid in developing minority coaching talent, as well as the organization’s constant dialogue with NFL owners — we’ve seen a deeper pipeline of minorities being interviewed for plush NFL gigs.
As time passes by, the league is drifting away from the set rule that allows minorities a chance to excel in the league. Today’s NFL the leash is a lot shorter, especially for underperforming minorities.