NFL Notes: Rooney Rule, Jets, Packers

Rooney Rule

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the Fritz Pollard Alliance will seek stricter future enforcement of the Rooney Rule and will ask the NFL to implement other reforms related to employment opportunities for minority coaches.

“The goal for us is strengthening the rule and everything around it, the whole equal opportunity effort,” said Cyrus Mehri, an attorney for the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

Mehri said that they don’t want to change the rule as much as they will push to have it more stringently enforced going forward.

Another area of focus for the Fritz Pollard Alliance is to have the league “redouble the effort” to improve the diversity of the NFL’s offensive coordinators, which happens to be a position that tends to lead to more head coach hires.

We’d like to use this to really push hard to strengthen the rule and strengthen the opportunities,” Mehri said.


  • Rich Cimini of ESPN would be surprised if the Jets cut WR Robby Anderson loose after his second arrest in as many seasons.
  • Cimini adds that his sense is that HC Todd Bowles will give Anderson another chance to redeem himself if he shows remorse and demonstrates a willingness to make changes in his life.
  • Although, Cimini admits there’s likely zero tolerance from here on in terms of any other issues with Anderson.
  • If the Jets target a receiver in free agency and stick with a West Coast offense, Cimini suggests Allen Robinson as the best fit for them.
  • Even so, Cimini says that the Jets have so many roster needs right now that he’d be surprised if they made receiver a high priority.