plumcrazy73 Posted January 2, 2009 Report Share Posted January 2, 2009 http://www.profootballtalk.com/category/rumor-mill/ MEL TUCKER TO TALK TO JETS Posted by Mike Florio on January 1, 2009, 8:44 p.m. Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is suddenly a man in demand. A league source tells us that Tucker will interview with the New York Jets for the team’s head-coaching position. On Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Tucker will interview with the Browns for the job held most recently by Romeo Crennel. Tucker, who is African-American, would permit the Jets and the Browns to satisfy the league’s Rooney Rule, which requires at least one minority candidate to be interview for every head-coaching vacancy. A reader suggested to us that the Browns shouldn’t be required to comply with the Rooney Rule this time around, since they hired an African-American candidate the last time they were searching for a coach. But one of the goals of the rule is to ensure that every search will be diverse and that, along the way, minority candidates will gain experience in the interview process. Also, the fact that any candidate is interviewing for a head-coaching job gets his name into circulation, making him more likely to be considered for future vacancies. That said, the Rooney Rule has gotten results — and we believe it is healthy and appropriate to engage in a continuous debate as to whether the NFL still needs to make race an issue in its quest to ensure that race won’t be an issue. UPDATE: Tucker won’t be interviewing with the Jets. He’ll be interviewing “in New York” with the Browns. Our mistake. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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