When “Black Monday,” the annual day NFL head coaches are fired after the regular season, takes place in January, the last two offensive coordinators to win Super Bowls will likely find themselves in a tight spot. in which they’ll be watching a younger colleague who hasn’t made the playoffs yet land job interviews that should be his.
This will surely be the story of Kellen Moore, Eric Bieniemy and Byron Leftwich, as it is the plight of black coaches in the NFL.
“This is a guy whose name you’ll hear when people interview for head coaches next January,” ESPN NFL Insider’s Dan Graziano said of Moore on a recent episode of Max Kellerman. This just arrived.
The chyron at the bottom of the screen for the segment read: “Kellen Moore is likely to be offered a head coaching position in the NFL.”
NFL analyst Jeff Saturday added this: “Kellen Moore’s play with the zone scheme, and the different schemes that they have, for their offensive line … He’s putting the game in the hands of the quarterback, which is what you want when you are in the field. “
Moore is not the problem. Your privilege is.
If Moore’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he was the quarterback at Boise State when they were at their peak of national exposure during the Chris Petersen era. In his third season as the offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, at the age of 33, Moore has shown why he is destined to be a head coach one day. On 2019, Dallas had the best offense in the league and averaged 431.5 yards per game. On 2020, fell to 14th with Dak Prescott out due to injury, finishing with an average of 371.8 yards per game. AND this season, the Cowboys rank fifth, having totaled 416.7 yards per game during their first three weeks. Moore has been really good as an offensive coordinator. But good enough to jump to the front of the line?
His offense has not won a playoff game, let alone qualified for the postseason. But do you know whose offense it is already?
Super Bowl champions Eric Bieniemy and Byron Leftwich. the Two black OCs met in the Big Game last year., Bieniemy’s second straight trip with the Chiefs and Leftwich’s first with the Bucs.
“You know how I feel about Eric”, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in January 2020. “I think it would be tremendous. There’s a team out there, I don’t know about it, but there’s a team out there that could really use it. Being the men’s leader that he is, you won’t find better people than that in that category. And on top of that, he’s a sharp, offensive mind. So I’m a big fan. I don’t want to lose it, but the reality is that there is a good chance of that happening. ”
Bieniemy has been interviewed at least 13 times in recent years and has yet to be offered a head coach position, although he is a vital part of the game’s most explosive offense.
After spending two seasons coaching quarterbacks with the Cardinals, Leftwich is in his third season as an offensive coordinator – like Moore – with the Bucs, and has gone from being a guy who used to play Tom Brady, as a quarterback, to train it.
“I was very, very angry that Byron didn’t get at least one interview this year,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said earlier this year.. “For the work he’s done, I think I get too much credit and so does Tom Brady for the work Byron has done. Hopefully next year people will see that he took Jameis Winston and broke all the records here, scoring and passing, and now Tom has broken both. “
Since it already looks like there could be potential job openings in Chicago (Matt Nagy) and Jacksonville (Urban Meyer), by the time Black Monday rolls around, it will be interesting to see which coordinators will get the most attention, although a lot of that will go. to Moore, as he already mentioned it to her after Week 3.
The lack of diversity among its head coaches has become an annual headache for the NFL, as some white fans and team owners are tired of hearing on the subject, while Black coaches are exhausted from being ignored or brought in for fake interviews just so teams can say they observed the Rooney Rule, which has been broken for years.
This isn’t just a black thing either.
In May, Eugene Chung said an NFL team told him he was “not the correct minority. “
“They told me, ‘Well, you’re not really a minority.” Chung explained. “I was like, ‘Wait a minute. The last time I checked, when I looked in the mirror and brushed my teeth, I was in the minority. ‘
To save face, the league “looked into the matter,” but could find nothing that could hold the guilty party responsible for disrespecting anyone other than a white male who wants to coach in the NFL.
“After multiple discussions, including with Mr. Chung and his representative, we were unable to confirm the precise statement that was made, or by whom and under what circumstances the statement was made.” the league said in a statement.
Things like this, along with that conversation on ESPN, are the reason I know that Moore will be the hottest name on the market in a few months, while Bieniemy and Leftwich will have their hands covered by the Super Bowl ring in your pants. And for those who think that Moore’s rise is similar to that of Steve Nash in the NBA, as he was named the Brooklyn Nets head coach in 2020 after many felt he skipped a line full of black coaches, It is not. Nash was an eight-time NBA All-Star who won consecutive MVPs and is in the Hall of Fame. Moore completed 61 passes in his NFL career and threw more interceptions (6) than touchdowns (4).
This is going to end up being a race-decided situation before it even begins, due to racism from NFL owners and general managers, and the league’s inability to hold them accountable for their prejudicial hiring practices. I have seen this movie before. And in the end, the good guy never wins. White does.