In the past Graves has broached the topic of pushing


  • I'd call it cautious optimism, as NFL teams begin to submit formal request slips to interview coach and mut coins madden 21 GM candidates. Along with Rod Graves, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which operates with the NFL in the pursuit of diversity in the coaching and management ranks.

    "I believe'cautious optimism' is the right way to frame it," Graves told me Sunday afternoon. "A lot of credit goes to (Commissioner) Roger Goodell and (VP of football operations) Troy Vincent for the sense of urgency that has developed about this problem over the previous 8-to-12 months."

    There is nothing to champion before we see the final outcome of those searches, but it appears more than lip service has been paid into The Rooney Rule, and there is a sense within the groups doing the hiring which time for words is over -- that this league must be equitable in who gets to sit in positions of power inside the game, and, finally, just the owners themselves may alter that.

    Experienced coaches like Marvin Lewis and executives such as Rick Smith seem very poised at this stage to have a valid chance with multiple teams. There is hope that 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy will have better chance this time around.

    The league has become more aggressive, proactive and consistent with its messaging to groups about the need to alter the way they have been doing business, and I've heard repeatedly from people doing the hiring, and people who represent lots of the top candidates, that the character of this cycle will in fact be different.

    "I've never felt that a vibe like this earlier," said one prominent representative. "I think Goodell has put down the hammer and these groups are receiving the message."

    In the past Graves has broached the topic of pushing back all hires until after the Super Bowl to try to level the playing area to this in and outside of the match, providing the rules that govern the sport. However, so many coaches and GMs being let go in-season this year -- creating a stronger cycle of cheap Madden nfl 21 coins interviews while games were still being played -- is a dynamic that also could foster diversity.