While the NFL facilities are closed and there is no activity during the Covid-19 shutdown, the NFL officials and team owners have not been idle.
On May 18, the NFL has expanded the minority interview and hiring policy.
Previously the Rooney Rule required teams only interview one non-white coaching candidate before making any hiring decisions. Under the amended policy, teams must now interview at least two minority candidates when seeking a new head coach and at least one minority candidate for coordinator, senior football operations and general manager positions.
The new addition to the rule extends to the front offices of the teams and the NFL itself.
This past year has seen the NFL hire two female coaches; but only three of the past 20 coaching hires have gone to minorities.
The Rooney Rule was was created in 2003 and named for former Pitssburgh Steelers owner and league diversity committee chairman Dan Rooney.
In 2002, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head coach Tony Dungy despite a winning record and the Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Dennis Green after Green had his first losing season in 10 years.
In the wake of the firings, two studies were held and revealed that despite winning records, non-white coaches and coordinators were more likely to be fired.