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NFL seeks more diversity

The NFL said it's disappointed in the lack of diversity in its new coaches. All eight hired are white despite the Rooney Rule requiring a minority to be interviewed.

"The Rooney Rule has been a valuable tool in expanding diversity and inclusion in hiring practices," Robert Gulliver, the NFL's executive vice president of human resources, wrote in an email to "But there is more work to do, especially around increasing and strengthening the pipeline of diverse candidates."

It has been since 2007 that an African-American was hired from outside an organization (the Steelers' Mike Tomlin). And as of Saturday, only two African-Americans will call offensive plays next season, the Ravens' Jim Caldwell and Colts' Pep Hamilton. (The Cardinals hired Harold Goodwin on Saturday, but coach Bruce Arians said he plans to call plays.)

"I guess more than being upset by the 2013 results, I am more concerned about the trend," NBC analyst and ex-Bucs coach Tony Dungy told "I don't know if owners are really looking at minority candidates — unless they already know them."

Jags hire Hurricanes' offensive coordinator

Jacksonville hired University of Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch for the same position. Fisch, a Florida graduate and graduate assistant under Steve Spurrier from 1999-2000, ran a pro-style offense at Miami for the past two seasons. He and new Jags coach Gus Bradley worked together on Seattle's staff in 2010.

Also, Jacksonville hired Bears linebackers coach Bob Babich as defensive coordinator.

Draft: A record 73 underclassmen were approved by the league. They include four from Florida (safety Matt Elam, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, linebacker Jelani Jenkins and tight end Jordan Reed), four from Florida State (corners Greg Reid and Xavier Rhodes, right tackle Menelik Watson, and defensive end Bjoern Werner), and UCF defensive tackle Jose Jose.

NFL seeks more diversity 01/19/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 9:19pm]
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