Out of 32 NFL teams, three went into the final week of the regular season with a Black head coach. Now, just days after week 18 concluded, only one remains.
Following the firings of Miami Dolphins’ Brian Flores and the Houston Texans’ David Culley, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin remains the only Black head coach still at the helm and only one of three minorities with the same position.
Ron Rivera (Washington Football Team) and Robert Saleh (New York Jets) are the only other minorities currently employed as head coaches. Rivera is Puerto Rican and Saleh is Lebanese.
Flores’ firing was particularly controversial, considering the Dolphins had winning records in 2020 and 2021 and had been on a long winning streak after a 1-7 start this season. The good news for Flores is he’s expected to be one of the top head coaching candidates out there once the next cycle of coach hiring begins.
Currently, there are seven head coaching vacancies; the Texans, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants.