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Fritz Pollard Alliance surprised by absence of minority hires

Fritz Pollard Alliance surprised by absence of minority hires
Published On: Thu, Jan 10
Oct 5, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin (11) catches the winning touchdown pass against Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard (31) during the second half at LP Field. The Browns beat the Titans 29-28. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

The respected Fritz Pollard Alliance, which promotes minority candidates and seeks equal job opportunities for NFL head coach and front-office positions, has been a€œsurpriseda€ no minority coach has been tapped during the current hiring cycle. And chairman John Wooten on Thursday tackled the question whether that places added pressure on the Miami Dolphins or Cincinnati Bengals to hire such a candidate:

a€œNo, I dona€™t think that. No,a€ Wooten said of the idea of pressure on the two remaining teams without a head coach. a€œWea€™re at a point in time when people look at and pick who they think is their best guy to take over and move their club forward. Whoever they think is that guy, thata€™s who ita€™s going to be. I think all of them have done that.

a€œHave there been some surprises? Yes. But thata€™s what all of them do. Who can help this club win? And thata€™s the bottom line a€” to win. In my opinion there isna€™t any [pressure] added, no.a€

That doesna€™t mean Wooten is happy with how things have transpired so far.

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