The respected Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes minority candidates and seeks equal job opportunities for NFL head coach and front-office positions, has been “surprised” no minority coach has been tapped during the current hiring cycle. And chairman John Wooten on Thursday tackled the question whether that places added pressure on the Miami Dolphins or Cincinnati Bengals to hire such a candidate:
“No, I don’t think that. No,” Wooten said of the idea of pressure on the two remaining teams without a head coach. “We’re at a point in time when people look at and pick who they think is their best guy to take over and move their club forward. Whoever they think is that guy, that’s who it’s going to be. I think all of them have done that.
“Have there been some surprises? Yes. But that’s what all of them do. Who can help this club win? And that’s the bottom line — to win. In my opinion there isn’t any [pressure] added, no.”
That doesn’t mean Wooten is happy with how things have transpired so far.