Pro Football Talk – Patriots coach Bill Belichick has assembled the least diverse staff of any head coach in the NFL, according to an ESPN study of diversity in NFL coaching.
Belichick’s staff of 14 coaches includes just two minorities, meaning the Patriots have the NFL’s least diverse staff, according to ESPN.
You have to say this for ESPN: there is no quit in them.
They’ve come after Bill Belichick time and time again to prove he’s a cheater, a liar, and an arrogant, disrespectful misanthrope, only to come up with nothing. So now they imply he’s a racist.
Every shot they’ve fired at Belichick has been discredited, so now they’re throwing the empty gun. From Tom Jackson’s timeless classic “They hate their coach” to Chris Mortensen’s infamous Tweet about the PSI to the Don Van Natta/SethWickersham hit piece on the eve of the 2015 season has been point/counterpointed by Patriots fans, middle school Science Fair projects and the NFL’s own multi-million dollar investigation. So now, they come after him with a much, much worse accusation. And one that can’t be disproven: what’s in his heart. ESPN knocked on our front door trying to hand us a leaflet claiming The Hooded One is a cheater, only to be kicked down the steps. Now they’re trying to crawl in through the window screaming “racism.”
Once again though, thankfully, the facts get in the World Wide Leader’s way. I could list the minority coaches Belichick has hired, developed, won with and made the careers of. Or point out that Jim Brown has said Belichick volunteers more of time and money helping him mentor minorities in prison than any African-American athlete today. But I’d be making those “Some of my best friends are …” type arguments. Instead I’ll just point out he has put together the best coaching in football, and it’s not even a debate. In the ultimate meritocracy, he has hired people from every walk of life, from former players to guys who went to boarding schools to rocket scientists. He’s had one of the youngest coordinators in the league and just re-hired a position coach who came to the Patriots during the first Reagan Administration.
If he hasn’t proven through his actions that it is all about what you can do to help his team win and not what your background is, no one has. And to take a snapshot of this one particular moment in Belichick’s time here and imply that it means he doesn’t hire minorities is exactly the same situation as Red Auerbach in the 80s. The most pioneering executive in NBA history built a dynasty that had several great white players, and there were people claiming the Celtics were a racist organization for it.
So do your worst, ESPN. Bring it on. You’ve lost all credibility anyway. You might as well give us something to talk about while we wait for your next Patriots hatchet job.