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04:55  12 january  2019
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Of those 110 jobs , five went to black coaches (4.5 percent) and three of the five went to the same black coach , Hue Jackson, now Cleveland’s head coach . Prior to getting his first full-time head coaching position with the Jets in 2015, Bowles spent 15 seasons as a defensive assistant in the NFL.

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The NFL’s coaching carousel is starting to wind down, and out of the eight vacant head coaching jobs that were available, it appears only one minority coach will be hired heading into 2019.

That one is New England Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores, who has yet to sign on the bottom line with the Miami Dolphins.

Recently fired from his previous position as head coach of the New York Jets, Todd Bowles landed in Tampa Bay as the defensive coordinator under Bruce Arians. On Friday, he opened up about the league’s struggle to hire minority coaches.

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Current minority coaches agreed to share their thoughts for this story in hopes they could raise awareness to effect positive change. ARIZONA CARDINALS COACH Bruce Arians hired minority coordinators on offense (Harold Goodwin) and defense ( Bowles ) when he took the job in 2013.

Some minority coaches feel like they are granted interviews for jobs only to fulfill the Rooney Rule requirement. Since 2003, minorities have filled 17 of the 87 head coaching vacancies, or about 20 percent. Bowles was hired as the Jets' head coach after interviewing with four teams this offseason.

"There [are] a lot of people who feel like they're being discriminated against, and there [are] a lot of people that don't get the chance, regardless of race, and you just have to coach your hardest and do your best, and if the opportunity comes up you have a chance to grab it you grab it.”

Bowles went on to say that he believes the reason things are trending the way they are now is that every team is looking for the next offensive genius.

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Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph and San Diego Chargers coach Anthony Lynn joined a short list when accepting head- coaching jobs this week. During the previous five hiring cycles -- from 2012 to 2016 -- 22 first-time head coaches were hired. Only one is a minority : Todd Bowles , who landed

Todd Bowles , the Jets’ new coach , represents a success under a rule requiring teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching jobs Mr. Bowles was operating under an N.F.L. diversity program that requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate when searching for a new

"I don't know if it's a slap in the face, one way or the other, but that's just the way the league goes. It'll switch back, and, you know, we'll see who's standing when those things switch back. It could be other guys getting the opportunities."

Regardless of the why, it’s clear that the Rooney Rule isn’t having the intended effect on coaching vacancies. It’s also clear that there aren’t as many minority offensive coaches getting a shot at these jobs.

As for Bowles’ hope that the NFL swings back again to a more defensive-minded approach, we’re not going to hold our breath. The rules have been systematically altered to benefit offenses and generate scoring for a while now, and it seems that’s just how the league likes it.

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