Shannon Sharpe: ‘I’m Not Letting Mike Tomlin Off the Hook’



Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin throughout a recreation final season.

Late final week Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appeared on HBO’s Actual Sports activities with Bryant Gumbel in an effort to attract consideration to a longstanding problem: the shortage of minority head coaches within the NFL.

“I usually don’t discuss publicly throughout the offseason, however it is a crucial problem for us,” Tomlin later defined to Ron Cook dinner of the Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette. “As vital as that is for us within the NFL, it’s additionally vital for us as a society.”

Throughout his look on Actual Sports activities, Tomlin took problem with the truth that a number of former Black head coaches—Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals), for instance—haven’t been in a position to land second head-coaching jobs. Then, throughout his dialogue with Cook dinner, Tomlin highlighted Eric Bieniemy’s incapability to safe a head-coaching job, regardless of interviewing with six groups earlier this offseason.

“Bieniemy is an actual head-scratcher for me,” Tomlin informed Cook dinner, referring to the offensive coordinator of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. “Each offensive coordinator Andy Reid has had within the final 20 years received a head job. A type of guys, Brad Childress, employed me in Minnesota in 2006. Now Andy has the perfect offense he’s ever had and [Bieniemy] can’t get a job?”

Shannon Sharpe Blasts Mike Tomlin

Mike Tomlin’s current statements didn’t sit properly with Corridor of Fame tight finish Shannon Sharpe, who co-hosts FS1’s Undisputed. He took Pittsburgh’s head coach to activity throughout a phase on Monday.

“Mike Tomlin has been a head coach for 14 years. Mike Tomlin has not employed a Black offensive or Black defensive coordinator,” started Sharpe, earlier than getting actually animated and accusing Tomlin of “doing precisely what you say different groups mustn’t do.”

“I’m not letting you off the hook with this Mike Tomlin. You might be ready to rent Black individuals and you haven’t completed that, so I’m not going to allow you to throw stones at everybody else.”

As for that avenue of criticism, Tomlin informed the Put up-Gazette: “I at all times do what’s greatest for our group. I imagine in hiring from inside generally. … I’m extremely delicate to [the issue], however I don’t remorse [not having a Black coordinator]. I’ve had some good [Black] coaches depart for different jobs.”

Mike Tomlin: ‘All We Have Is Hope’

Tomlin went on to confess that he doesn’t have an answer to the issue.

“The optimist in me says issues will get higher, however there’s been no proof within the current cycles to again that up. With out proof, all now we have is hope. We simply haven’t been in a position to transfer the needle,” he concluded.

Certainly there are at the moment simply three Black head coaches within the NFL, together with Tomlin. The opposite two are Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins and David Culley of the Houston Texans, the latter of whom was employed in January. Furthermore, solely three of the 27 head-coaching vacancies previously 4 years have gone to Black head coaches.

By means of comparability, there have been 4 different Black head coaches within the NFL in 2007 when Tomlin was employed by the Steelers, whose late proprietor Dan Rooney helped pioneer the Rooney Rule, which at inception required each NFL staff to interview a minority candidate for its head teaching opening.

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