The answer to this question is eight, but the real question is why so few?
The current state of assistant coaches in the NFL
The National Football League has been Under Fire in recent years for the lack of diversity among its coaching staffs. In 2019, only four head coaches out of 32 teams were people of color. While the league has made some efforts to improve this number, hiring more black assistant coaches would be a good place to start.
So, how many black assistant coaches are there in the NFL? The answer is unfortunately not very many. According to a report from USA Today, as of 2019, there are only 32 black assistant coaches in the NFL out of a total of approximately 1,200 assistant coaches league-wide. This means that black assistants make up just over 2% of all NFL assistants.
The low number of black assistant coaches is likely due to a combination of factors, including the lack of diversity among NFL front offices and the small pool of qualified black candidates. Whatever the reasons, it is clear that the NFL needs to do more to improve diversity among its coaching staffs.
The history of assistant coaches in the NFL
It wasn’t until 2002 that the NFL implemented a “Rooney Rule” that requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for open head coaching and senior football operation positions.
The rule was named after Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who was chairman of the league’s Diversity Committee. While the rule has been successful in increasing the number of black head coaches in the NFL, there is still a long way to go when it comes to hiring black assistant coaches.
In 2019, only 20% of all assistant coaches in the NFL were black. This number has actually decreased from 21% in 2018 and 22% in 2017. While the NFL has made some progress when it comes to racial diversity among its coaching ranks, it is clear that there is still much work to be done.
The percentage of black assistant coaches in the NFL
In the past decade, the percentage of black assistant coaches in the NFL has declined from 22 percent to less than 20 percent, according to an annual report on racial equity in coaching released Wednesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at UCF.
The report found that while the NFL has made some strides in hiring minority head coaches, the league has not done enough to promote diversity among its assistant coaches.
Of the league’s 32 teams, only six have a majority-black coaching staff. The Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins all have at least 50 percent black assistant coaches.
The report also found that black assistant coaches are more likely to be hired as offensive or defensive coordinators than their white counterparts. However, they are still underrepresented in these positions.
Of the league’s 32 offensive coordinators, only four are black. Of the 32 defensive coordinators, only five are black.
The benefits of having black assistant coaches in the NFL
Studies have shown that black assistant coaches in the NFL can have a positive impact on the league as a whole. A recent study by the University of Pennsylvania found that black assistant coaches are more likely than their white counterparts to be hired as head coaches, and that they are also more likely to be hired by teams with losing records.
The study’s authors say that this is likely because black assistant coaches are more likely to have been players themselves, and thus have a better understanding of the game. They also point to the fact that black assistant coaches are often seen as more approachable and relatable to players, which can help create a better team dynamic.
In light of this, it’s not surprising that the NFL has made a concerted effort to increase the number of black assistant coaches in recent years. In 2016, the league launched the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching and general manager positions. As a result of this rule, the percentage of black head coaches in the NFL has nearly doubled since its inception.
There is still work to be done in terms of increasing diversity among NFL coaching staffs, but the Rooney Rule has been a positive step in the right direction.
The future of assistant coaches in the NFL
The number of black assistant coaches in the NFL has declined in recent years, according to a report from USA Today.
The report found that the percentage of black assistant coaches in the league has decreased from 22 percent in 2011 to 18 percent in 2017. The report also found that the number of black head coaches has decreased from eight to seven during that same time period.
The data raises questions about the future of black assistant coaches in the NFL, as well as the league’s commitment to diversity.
In response to the report, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said that the league is “committed to diversity at all levels of our game.”
“We have made significant progress over the last two decades, but we still have work to do,” Lockhart said. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve and will continue to do so.”