PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says the NFL “has to be better” when it comes to hiring more minorities.
On “Good Morning Football” on the NFL Network on Thursday, Tomlin said that there are less minority coaches in 2020 than in 2007 when he was hired as the Steelers coach.
Tomlin says he is part of various committees that are working to address it but, “The bottom line is, it has to be respected in the hiring.”
Tomlin added he is a coach and doesn’t do the hiring but that he’s been in the league long enough to know it needs to be addressed.
“Where we are right now is comical, although it’s not funny,” said Tomlin.
Steelers owner and Chairman of the NFL's Diversity Committee responded to Tomlin's comments.
"I understand the frustration of Coach Tomlin and others around the NFL as it relates to diversity issues. I think our Diversity Committee took some important steps this past offseason to improve our policies and processes in order to enable more equitable opportunities for minority candidates in the League. We hope to see some results in the near future. However, we also understand that more work needs to be done."
60 percent of the players in the NFL are Black but there are only three African American head coaches in the league, Tomlin, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and Miami Dolphin’s coach Brian Flores.