TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers new assistant head coach and run-game coordinator Harold Goodwin did not mince phrases Friday when requested about his disappointment over the firing of Steve Wilks by the Arizona Cardinals after one season and over the lack of minority hires across the NFL.
“That damage a little bit,” mentioned Goodwin, who’s African-American. “He is a pal of mine. We labored collectively again within the day with the Bears. It is arduous to construct one thing from the bottom up with one yr. It is like, ‘Hey, I would like you to begin this Fortune 500 firm, however you have obtained one yr.’ That is inconceivable. And that is what he was tasked with. However God will take care of him. He’ll be OK in the long term and hopefully he’ll get one other alternative.”
This offseason was significantly troublesome for minority coaches. 5 of the eight coaches fired both throughout or after the 2018 season — Wilks, Hue Jackson of the Cleveland Browns, Todd Bowles of the New York Jets, Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals and Vance Joseph of the Denver Broncos — are black. That has left simply Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers and Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers as the one black head coaches within the NFL.
In the meantime, of the eight latest head-coaching vacancies, not a single minority has been among the many six hires made, although sources informed ESPN’s Jeff Darlington on Friday night that upon concluding their interviews, the Miami Dolphins are “hoping” to rent New England Patriots Brian Flores, who’s black and the son of Honduran immigrants.
Goodwin, who served because the offensive coordinator beneath new Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians for the Cardinals from 2013 to 2017, has interviewed for a number of head-coaching positions over time, together with the Bucs in 2016, however encountered a number of roadblocks.
“Each time I went in to interview, ‘You do not name performs.’ Properly, I did name performs within the preseason,” Goodwin mentioned. Arians was the playcaller within the common season. “Are we on the lookout for playcallers or are we on the lookout for leaders? Leaders of males, who might help construct a company from the bottom up on the soccer aspect.
“The following excuse was, ‘Properly, we do not like your employees.’ Rather a lot of my employees continues to be teaching. Some guys are coordinators within the NFL now which have had a lot of success that have been on my listing.”
Goodwin then alluded to groups not taking the Rooney Rule severely. Underneath the rule, which was adopted in 2002, each NFL workforce is required to interview a minimum of one minority candidate for head-coaching and general-manager positions.
The rule has been scrutinized lately, although, as some consider groups have made a mockery of it by bringing in candidates who aren’t deemed to have a reliable likelihood at incomes the job.
“I’ll give credit score to two homeowners — the [Buffalo Bills’ Terry] Pegula and [Jacksonville Jaguars’] Shad Khan — they have been really within the interview,” Goodwin mentioned. “I am unable to say that in regards to the others. So these have been actual interviews. I appreciated that chance.”
Goodwin mentioned one roadblock he is confronted has to do with being an offensive-line coach; he mentioned groups need a coach who can develop quarterbacks and has known as performs.
That’s one thing Bowles, the Bucs’ new defensive coordinator, additionally mentioned is a matter.
“You’ll be able to say there’s a development,” Bowles mentioned. “Everyone needs the up-and-coming signal-caller. I feel it is extra of an offensive mentality proper now so far as the league, so far as the principles are going, what is going on in opposition to the protection so far as the performs that may be run, so all people’s speeding to get the subsequent offensive genius, so to communicate.
“I do not know if it is a slap within the face, come what may. That is simply the way in which the league goes. It will change again and we’ll see who’s standing when these issues change again.”