Black coaches have always had an issue of earning an opportunity in the NFL. The Rooney Rule has forced NFL teams to consider Black coaches when searching for a coach.
However, there are several Black coaches who have proven themselves and have earned the right to be NFL head coaches. With head coaching vacancies in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, there will be opportunities for new Black head coaches in the NFL team.
Here are five Black coaches who should be hired to lead an NFL team in 2015.
In 2013, Teryl Austin served as a defensive back coach for the Ravens. Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions hired Austin as defensive coordinator and the Lions are now Super Bowl contenders. Austin led the Detroit Lions to the No. 2 overall defense and the No. 1 defense against the run.
Todd Bowles proved that he is one of the best defensive minds in the NFL. As defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, Bowles led the team to earning the number 13th defense against the run.
As the head coach for Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin led one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. His offense gained a record 7,000 yards last season.
Hue Jackson has a long career as an assistant coach in the NFL. As the offensive coordinator for the Bengals, Jackson has been able to lead an offense that averages 350 yards per game.
During his stint with the San Francisco 49ers, Singletary changed the culture of the franchise and built a superior defense. Although Singletary was fired, many 49er players gave credit to him for helping them to achieve on and off the field.