LAMM AT LARGE: Race shouldn’t matter for NFL coaches

LAMM AT LARGE: Race shouldn’t matter for NFL coaches

By: David Lamm

Hue Jackson, Mike McCarthy, Todd Bowles, Adam Gase, Marvin Lewis, Dirk Koetter, Steve Wilks and Vance Joseph have all been fired as NFL head coaches this season.

What do they have in common? All failed to meet the team’s expectations, some by a wide margin, others over a long period of time.

I don’t know anything else they have in common. Are they all Baptist or Catholic or Jewish? Are they all Southern or Northern or from the Left Coast? Are they all from the Bill Belichick coaching tree, the Bill Parcells tree or the Nick Saban tree?

Don’t know. Don’t care.

It didn’t dawn on me that five of the eight were black until I read a story on the internet from a legitimate media source.

I thought we were past noticing the color of a coach’s skin; The color of anyone’s skin. I’d hoped we were.

I couldn’t tell you which teams have black coaches (or quarterbacks, for that matter) unless I went through the list of teams one by one.

I don’t care and I think most of America agrees with me.

I’m sure there’ll be more stories about the firing of so many black coaches. I just hope the teams searching for new coaches do a thorough job and hire who they consider the best men — not the best white men; not the best minority men. The best coaches.

I think they will.