Jamie Dukes: Minority Coaching Hires Start With Coordinators

If you look at the NFL head-coaching hires this year, you’’ll notice two trends: One, a lot of offensive-minded guys are getting hired, and two, they’re almost all white. Indeed, it still feels that minority coordinators are simply not getting the opportunities they should.

“Well, let’s talk about the first part, and that’s the offense,” NFL analyst Jamie Dukes said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “All of the offensive hires just kind of make sense when you think about it. In San Francisco, you’re stuck with (Colin) Kaepernick. I like Kaepernick, but Kaepernick’s a spread quarterback. That’s what he is. He’s not a drop-back quarterback. The No. 1 candidate, to me, would have been Hue Jackson because of what he’s been able to do, or Chip Kelly. And the reason I go Hue and then Chip is because Hue has shown he can do dang near anything with what he’s working with. He had Andy (Dalton) running some spread, so I like his creativity. That would have been my No. 1 choice, but Hue went to Cleveland, in my opinion, because he’s going to have more say in Cleveland and he don’t have those crazy guys out there that many people think are crazy.”

For those keeping score at home, that would be Trent Baalke and Jed York.

“Now, as it pertains to the minority coaches that are being hired, certainly you definitely want to see more,” Dukes said. “It is disappointing, but when you start talking about the hiring process, it starts with guys getting these defensive coordinator gigs. That’s where it really starts.”

Yes, defensive gigs – not offensive ones. Why is that?

“We had Pep Hamilton, and he was the sacrificial lamb (in Indianapolis),” Dukes said. “But in a lot of cases, most of the guys are on the defensive side of the ball. There are very few (on offense). You saw Hue Jackson, he got his gig. In Detroit, they’ve got an offensive-minded coach. Jim Caldwell’s an offensive guy. It’s one of those thing where you have to put yourself in position, but the key part is continuing to get the jobs as coordinators, which sets the stage. And hopefully somebody finds a visionary like Rooney, who looks at Mike Tomlin and goes, ‘Yeah, I know I got six other guys that are going to do interviews, but this is the guy. This is the guy.’”

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