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  • it's time for this week's parting shots.

  • The NFL, the league with no black owners, has had a problem with hiring non white coaching and executive candidate since its inception.

  • Nearly 75% of the players in the NFL African American.

  • But there are only four minority coaches and to general managers of color under the threat of a lawsuit from the late Johnnie Cochran and Institute of the Rooney Rule, which has been in perfect but more effective than expecting NFL teams to improve on their own.

  • This week, the league enacted a rule that will grant to third round compensatory draft picks, the teams who lose nonwhite assistant coaches and general managers to external promotion.

  • Theo NFL hopes this will incentivize teams to develop internal candidates, which presumably diversify the hiring pool.

  • The problem with this plan is obvious.

  • On its face.

  • It implies the reason teams don't hire nonwhite candidates is because they aren't properly trained, making them lesser candidates.

  • But the problem has never been with those candidates.

  • It's always been with the folks who do the hiring.

  • It is readily apparent the problem has always been racist.

  • That's something the NFL is understandably unwilling to say out loud, but something someone has to say.

  • If there's to be any progress, these carrots won't entice change.

  • So far on Lee, the stick has done that.

  • Accountability is what the NFL needs, and it's the thing it wishes to avoid.

  • The bottom line is NFL teams have to be bribed or threatened to fix its hiring problem.

  • Which tells me the only problem.

  • Team C is bad PR.

  • They don't care about meritocracy.

  • They don't care about making themselves better.

  • They don't want to be honest.

  • They just want to say they tried.

  • If only they actually wanted to try.

  • In a sea of NFL coaching and aptitude, Mike Tomlin has repeatedly delivered not only a Super Bowl championship but a swagger.

  • Not only an expectation of hard fought football, but also respect and stability.

  • The standard is the standard.

  • Ask any Steeler, and they'll tell you those five words sum up the essence of their coach.

  • Always direct, always no nonsense.

  • He's the father.

  • No player wants to disappoint The team staff for every member of the organization feels connected to even the cafeteria chefs, and he's the backbone of a team that's unbeaten heading into Week 10 each year.

  • Hot names and new darlings emerged in the coaching ranks, and all the while, Tomlin has remained steady, reliable and underappreciated.

  • He weathered the Antonio Brown and leave Ian Bell drama better than anyone realized.

  • Last season.

  • He lost his star quarterback, juggled a couple backups and still managed to get the Steelers to eight and eight.

  • And now, in 2020 they're off to their best start in franchise history.

  • Toman is only the second NFL head coach to start his career with 14 straight non losing seasons.

  • So yes, Pittsburgh, you are indeed lucky.

  • So give Mike Tomlin his flowers while he's still your head coach.

  • Let's judge sincerity, shall we?

  • I mean, it's almost certainly not what fans want us media types to do.

  • But let's go ahead and weigh in on that intangible.

  • Why?

  • Because new 76 year old White Sox manager Tony LaRussa wants us to constantly.

  • It's what he said several times during his press conference about two weeks back when asked about players showing emotions about boisterous team celebrations about peaceful protest during the anthem.

  • He's fine with them now, as long as it's all sincere.

  • Let's forget for the moment how insincere that sounded, given his very vocal opposition to them in the past.

  • Because, as LaRussa said in his press conference, I would look at actions.

  • Okay, then let's take a look at La Russa's actions from just eight months ago, According to a police report during a DUI arrest obtained by ESPN Zone Jeff Passan earlier this week, he attempted to convince the arresting officer not of his sobriety, but that his resume should set him free.

  • I'm a Hall of Famer baseball person, LaRussa said.

  • I'm legit.

  • Not exactly the actions of a leader.

  • Let's judge LaRussa sincerity When asked by ESPN on Monday to discuss the charge, I have nothing to say, he said.

  • Right.

  • That's probably because the White Sox have no intention of saying anything either until the matter has played out legally.

  • There are enough baseball reasons to question the LaRussa hiring, but using his own measure might be the most damning.

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