Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Says Hiring Black Head Coaches in NFL ‘is a Critical Issue for Us’

Mike Tomlin continues to be frustrated at the lack of progress made in hiring Black head coaches in the NFL. Rich Barnes, USA TODAY Sports

A week after addressing minority hiring issues in the NFL on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin discussed the league’s lack of Black coaches in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Tomlin expressed frustration at the lack of progress being made on the Black head coach hiring front.

“I normally don’t talk publicly during the offseason, but this is a critical issue for us,” Tomlin said in the interview. “As important as this is for us in the NFL, it’s also important for us as a society. It deserves all the attention it gets.”

Tomlin is one of only three Black head coaches in the NFL, along with Houston’s David Culley and Miami’s Brian Flores.

“I don’t have an answer for you as to how to make it better,” said Tomlin. “The optimist in me says things will get better, but there’s been no evidence in the recent cycles to back that up. Without evidence, all we have is hope. We just haven’t been able to move the needle.”

Tomlin specifically mentioned Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy who has yet to fill a head coaching vacancy.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Analis Bailey