Rooney Rule eyed for coordinators

Updated: January 20, 2013, 7:15 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN

The NFL has discussed an expansion to the Rooney Rule under which teams would be required to interview minority candidates for vacant coordinator jobs, league sources told ESPN.

The NFL expressed its disappointment in a statement after 14 head coach and front-office jobs were filled without one minority being hired. The league indicated changes were being discussed.

No decision has been made, but the NFL likely will mandate that teams with returning head coaches include minority interviews for coordinator vacancies, hoping to broaden the pool of potential head-coaching candidates, one source said.

There has been some internal debate that would not mandate new head coaches to interview minorities for those coordinator positions, but the discussions will continue.

The Rooney Rule currently requires teams to interview at least one minority for head coach and general manager positions. It also could be expanded to team president openings, sources said.

Owners have leaned toward head coaches with experience on the offensive side of the football, even though the San Francisco 49ers' Jim Harbaugh is the only coach of the four NFC-AFC championship finalists who meets that description.

The Indianapolis Colts hired Pep Hamilton to succeed Bruce Arians as their offensive coordinator on Friday, making Hamilton and Jim Caldwell of the Baltimore Ravens as the only minorities who call plays for NFL teams.

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