Originally Posted by Severn
Marvin Lewis got his job as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals because of the Rooney Rule. He got the interview because of the rule. And he management discovered that he did indeed fit their organization. It's not that they should hire every minority they see but at least grant a job interview.
Another example of the Rooney rule at work(in Pittsburgh, ironicly) is Mike Tomlin. When Cowher left it was obvious to everyone that one of the coodinators would be hired. I believe that they interviewed Tomlin as part of the "rule" and were so impressed with what he brought to the table that he was hired as head coach.
To me the Rooey rule is about getting your name out. For example, say Carolina fires John Fox at the end of the season, and they know for a fact that they want Bill Cowher, and that he is available. The Panters should still interview minority canidates, b/c if they like what they hear, the canidate could get an assistant coaching gig, or maybe word gets around to a team like the Chargers or the Rams, and they hire him. That scenerio is assuming the coach in question is the best man for the job. It's all about exposure, every individual should earn the oppurtunity they are given.