The former Bears defensive coordinator and current Broncos head coach called the league a meritocracy. “I don’t see discrimination in the NFL.”
Former Bears defensive coordinator and current Broncos head coach Vic Fangio raised eyebrows when he told reporters that racism was not an issue in the NFL.
“We’re a league of meritocracy, you earn what you get, you get what you earn,” Fangio said. “I don’t see racism at all in the NFL, I don’t see discrimination in the NFL. … We all live together, joined as one, for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”
His comments come as many in the sports world rally to raise awareness of systemic racism after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd. Floyd’s death prompted a series of protests across the country.
Fangio’s comments seem odd considering the NFL has needed the Rooney Rule to require teams to diversify the pool of potential coaches and front office executives. Just last month the league approved expanding the rule.
Seahawks running back Chris Carson called Fangio “a joke” in a tweet.
Of the five head coaching jobs that were open after the 2019 season, only one went to a non-white candidate when the Washington Redskins hired Ron Rivera.
Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Miami’s Brian Flores and the Los Angeles Chargers’ Anthony Lynn are the only black coaches in the league. There are just two black general managers: Cleveland’s Andrew Berry and Miami’s Chris Grier.