I have heard some discussion today about with the 8 new hires, all of them are white guys. NFL is looking to adjust the Rooney Rule.
A couple of points.
The first is simple. Should the racial constitution of the NFL Players correlate with the racial composition of the coaches? Do most coaches play in the NFL?
of the 32 head coaches, I think about 25% played in the NFL.
The NFL has about 67% African American players (I am going to use black for African American as it is easier to type), about 31% White. Hispanic 1%, Asian 1%.
So if the population of head coaches is only 25% ex-NFL Player, then what should the head coaching population be? 25% following player profiles and then 75% following national demographics?
What are the national demographics?
Well....that sort of depends how you handle hispanics.
Black persons, percent definition and source info Black persons, percent, 2011 (a) 13.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent definition and source info American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2011 (a) 1.2%
Asian persons, percent definition and source info Asian persons, percent, 2011 (a) 5.0%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander persons, percent definition and source info Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander persons, percent, 2011 (a) 0.2%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent definition and source info Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2011 2.3%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin, percent definition and source info Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin, percent, 2011 (b) 16.7%
White persons not Hispanic, percent definition and source info White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2011 63.4%
So when you are talking NFL "diversity" or "minority" a lot of the time what is meant is Black.
So if we did 25% following NFLPA breakdown and 75% following GenPop, we would get:
25%*67% + 75%*13% = about 21% Black
and 12% Hispanic
and 64% White
and 3% Asian
The actuals (2012)
Head Coaches: 16% black/81% white/3% hispanic/0% asian
All Coaches (incl position coaches and coordinators): 32% black/ 67% white/1% hispanic/1% asian.
So the questions are:
What is the reasonable demographic pattern to follow? 25% exNFLPA + 75% GenPop? If so, then hispanics are wildly underepresented in the All Coaches category, and with most of that falling into black representation.
Looking at Head Coaches, in 2012, hispanics were 9 points underrepresented, blacks 5, asians 3.
In 2013 Head Coaches, blacks drop to 9%.
Some people are looking to make the Rooney Rule apply to Coordinator Positions. In 2012, of the 64 Coordinators, 12% were black, 1% was hispanic and 0% was asian.
Looking at the numbers, hispanics seem to be a slight majority of the underrepresentation. Although most of the discussion centers around black coaches and coordinators when discussing the Rooney Rule.