NFL owners are making life easier for attorney Brian Flores.
Almost exactly nine months to date after the Texans were on the brink Hire Josh McCown – a former player who has been flirting as an assistant high school coach in his free time – Colts owner Jim Irsay shocked the sports world on Monday when he ignores two former head coaches in his staff hire Jeff Saturday to take over the recently fired Frank Reich.
Saturday’s claim to fame was that he was Peyton Manning’s longtime center in Indianapolis, and he would set that up for a successful career in television. Saturday’s only coaching experience came at the high school level as he led Hebron Christian (Georgia) to a 20-16 record during his tenure from 2017-2019, according to the report. Gwinnett Daily Post.
Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?
Well, it got worse. Check out some of what was said by Irsay and Saturday during his introductory press conference on Monday.
“Why am I a candidate for this?” – Saturday.
“We were lucky that he was ready,” – Irsay.
“I went in, no one expected anything. I’m here. No one expected anything. Hopefully it will go very well. But I have no preconception that I will become something spectacular,”- Saturday.
“Yes, he is completely experienced enough. Yes, he is quite capable,”- Irsay.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, McCown, Irsay, and Saturday are all white. Why is that important here? Because only white men get the opportunities they’ve always been unqualified for – and then backed by those who put them in a position where they’ll eventually fail. That’s the only way to explain how Saturday, a 14-year NFL veteran and six-time Bowler, became the first NFL head coach without any college or professional level experience since 1961.
This is the world Black coaches live in, as Irsay’s decision to pick Saturday showed us how often owners mean when they use the pretext of choosing a coach. “they feel comfortable” or “want to have a beer with”. NFL owners would rather lose to a white coach they consider a friend than interview or hire a black coach who can make their team competitive. This is the epitome of white privilege.
What makes the situation all the more uncomfortable for black coaches, however, is if Irsay picks someone like Reggie Wayne – a Colts legend on the payroll and a better player than Saturday. – as interim head coach, it could have happened. a death sentence for him, considering how historically it disappeared when the Black coach was hit with a makeshift card.
Before Monday, since 2010, there have been 14 instances where a white coach was acting as an interim. That list includes Darrell Bevell (twice), Rich Bisaccia, Bill Callahan, Joe Philbin, Steve Spagnuolo, John Fassel, Dan Campbell, Pat Shurmur, Tony Sparano, Jim Tomsula, Doug Marrone, Mike Mularkey and Jason Garrett. In that group, Marrone, Mularkey, and Garrett were chosen to stay as head coaches. However, during that same time frame, there was no time when the black interim coach was replaced by another black interim coach.
Just last month, Steve Wilks – who along with Ray Horton were part of Brian Flores’ class-action lawsuit against the NFL, alleging racist recruiting practices – Appointed interim head coach at Carolina after Matt Rhule was fired.
A white head coach was fired. A Negro assistant was promoted to a temporary position. A white owner said this during the press conference.
“I spoke to Steve, no promises were made, but if he’s doing an incredible job, he has to be considered.”
A black coach with previous head coach experience must be incredible to be considered in Carolina, while an inexperienced white man who has spent the past few years with ESPN gets to be the interim coach. time in Indianapolis with support from the owner.
The NFL should send Brian Flores a blank check and settle it immediately.
On Sunday, the Colts and Raiders will meet in the White Privilege Bowl when Jeff Saturday will debut with the Colts 3-5-1 against a 2-6 Las Vegas team led by another white head coach. yes no businesses are hired. Someone has to win. And sadly, whoever does will be celebrated for beating one of the worst teams in the league.