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February 5, 2008 10:29 PM

Rooney Rule exception

Posted by Danny O'Neil

One of the things that will be discussed in the coming days is the application of the Rooney Rule, the nomenclature commonly applied for the protocol that NFL teams must interview at least one minority candidate for any coaching vacancy.

But there is an exception to that provision, one very clearly spelled out as early as December 2002 and that is if a team has a contractual commitment to promote an assistant coach to the head-coaching position -- as the Rams did in 2000 with Mike Martz -- then there is no need for additional interviews. So according to the NFL, if a promotion to head coach is written into Jim Mora's contract while he is an assistant, there is no need for additional interviews.

Mora is the second assistant coach to be designated a successor this offseason. Indianapolis' Jim Caldwell will succeed Tony Dungy when he steps down. Caldwell is African-American, which makes moot any discussion of the Rooney Rule and its application.

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Posted by puzzled'Hawk

6:16 AM, Feb 06, 2008

WHY ? I STILL don't have an adequate answer on this....why ?

In 2004, He led the Falcons to a record of 11-5 and a first round bye in the playoffs. (good)

In 2005, the Falcons went 8-8 (bad)

In 2006, Mora led the Falcons to a 7-9 record, losing his final three games, including two at home. (bad)

And now he should be the next head coach ?

Posted by -k

7:42 AM, Feb 06, 2008

Mora is a highly regarded young coach. The falcons were not a particularly talented team. He managed to get ore win out of that lack of talent then he probably should have been able to. They weren't very good.

Also, Mora has the endorsement of Holmgren. Mike kept saying that Mora learned a lot from what happened in Atlanta, and that he and Mora had had many discussions about that. Mike openly said that Mora's second stint at being a head coach would be better then his first time.

Plus, this is a natural progression for a team that will look for continuity after Holmgren leaves. Most of the offensive staff will stay in place, as will key defensive coaching positions. This move give the team a chance for continued success.

People need to look beyond his win-loss record in Atlanta. Mora is a very good coach, and we will be lucky to have him.

Posted by Earl

8:06 AM, Feb 06, 2008

Heres your answer. In Atlanta Mora had the coach killer Mike Vick. He probably would have been there longer if not for him. This is a good move seeing that if Wade Phillips gets a gig and Steve Spatula is going to get a gig for a one game preformance I think Mora has shown he knows how to win. Just look at the Hawks secondary since he has come in. Last year they get burned deep alot, this year Tru has a Pro Bowl year. nuff said.

Posted by good ok' george

8:10 AM, Feb 06, 2008

Just wondering - is there an escape clause if the Huskies' job opens up? Hopefully not.

Posted by Jeff

9:23 AM, Feb 06, 2008

Mora is a good hire as long as he learned his lessons from Atlanta. He had a few issues of his own that he needed to correct (not knowing the exact scenarios for getting into the playoffs during the final game of the season comes to mind.)

As long as he knows better now...I think he'll do just fine here in Seattle.

Posted by free beer

10:07 AM, Feb 06, 2008

Interviewing a minority for a NFL coaching job that could be a Apache rather then a African American, right?

Posted by Since Day One

1:26 PM, Feb 06, 2008

I'm OK with Mora - but I wonder who might have been available at the end of the season next year......

Posted by mmafight

11:22 PM, May 31, 2008

good write up. a bit out dated rule though, it's not the 50's.

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