Originally Posted by jasonj
People keep saying that Goodell is 'choosing' to enforce this. Has it been determined that this is even Goodell's call to make? What is the diversity committee's role in enforcement of this rule?
The point is that the rule is being enforced by ????????? I really don't care who is enforcing it. My point is that it should not be applicable in this case. If the NFL decides that African-American coaches should be interviewed when there is a head coaching job available in the NFL, I as a white person am fine with that--although I think I understand Calisaints' point. This is not a head coaching job but rather a temporary one. This situation turns the Rooney Rule into a farce. And by the way, Payton as a citizen of the USA is free to talk to anyone, including Bill Parcells.
IMHO the Rooney Rule is appropriate when applied to the normal situation. Does anyone think this is a normal situation? If so, then why is there so much media hoopla? Suppose Payton had to take a year off for health reasons, for example. Would the Saints be bound by the Rooney Rule? I should hope not, and I see NO difference between my hypothetical situation and the actual situation in terms of the Rooney Rule.