Black NFL coaches an endangered species

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is the third black coach to make it to the Super Bowl in two years — the second to win it. But the spate of progress may be short-lived.

Few can deny that the NFL has made gains in hiring black head coaches. Two have won the Super Bowl in the last three years.

But the bigger question, says, is whether that progress is sustainable.

The picture is less than promising, the writer concludes.

Head coaches generally are promoted from the ranks of lead assistants — offensive or defensive coordinators. And of the 60 coordinators now employed in the NFL, only nine are African-American.

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