Everyone is clowning the Eagles because their new coaching staff all looks exactly the same
Eagles, who became clowns for hiring identical coaching staff, originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles are busy filling out Head Coach Nick Sirianni's staff. So far, they have hired an offensive coordinator, a defensive coordinator, a QB trainer, a TE trainer and more.
For a first-time head coach, the staff you build is one of the most important parts of your early off-season, and Sirianni has reached into his past to pick guys from the Colts and Chargers for roles with the Eagles.
He's also ... hired a few people who look a lot like him.
ESPN's Bomani Jones pointed this out on the latest episode of his podcast, "The Right Time," where he and producer Gabe Basayne joked about Sirianni's staff while talking about the surprisingly diverse staff of new Lions head coach Dan Campbell:
"JONES: Have you looked at the staff you are putting together in Philadelphia?
"BASAYNE: When you've seen some of the pictures, it almost comes off like a joke. You just re-staffed The Office.
"JONES: [laughs] That's really funny because that's what it looks like.
"But you want to talk about the 'Good To Be White' scenario, what's the guy's name? Sirianni?
"They hired this guy and, like Gabe said, I was looking at pictures of the people he hires. It's wall-to-wall white guys. Wall-to-wall white guys. Goodell just has to be like this: '* sigh * Are you serious? ? '"
Is Jones right? Let's go to the tape:
Oh yeah. They are the same people.
And Jones isn't the only one who noticed:
The recruitment cycle this off-season, which saw seven head coaching positions filled and no black man hired for any of those positions, seemed harder than usual to push the question of why there are no more black head coaches in a league that consisted mainly of black men.
As Jones pointed out in his podcast, and as many have pointed out over the past few weeks, it's less important to point out a mindset than to look at the actions of all 32 teams as patterns over time. Black men just don't have the same chance as white men.
The owner of the Eagles, Jeffrey Lurie, likes to see himself as a progressive man with progressive ideals. Here's what he said at the beginning of this coaching search:
"We are very open and it is important that we have some of the best minority candidates. That is very important for us, for the league."
But his team hasn't had a full-time head coach, offensive coordinator, or minority defensive coordinator this century, which puts him right in the middle of that mindset.
There's nothing wrong with hiring Sirianni individually, or hiring one of these trainers individually, or even hiring all of the staff themselves in a vacuum. And to be fair, the Eagles' new quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson is Black, as is defensive coach Tracy Rocker.
However, it's still a symbol of a recurring theme in the NFL that annually devalues the black soccer heads in favor of the white ones.
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