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NFL hosts coaching summit to strengthen diversity

Data: Axios research; Helmets: SportsLogos.net; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

The NFL and Black College Football Hall of Fame are currently hosting a quarterback coaching summit for minority assistant coaches at the pro and college levels.

Why it matters: The goal is to strengthen the development pipeline for coaches of color on the offensive side of the ball, where the NFL currently lacks diversity.

By the numbers: Offensive coaches — and particularly offensive coordinators — are prime targets for head coaching jobs, and in the NFL, almost all of those positions are currently held by white men.

  • 12 of the 64 coordinators in the NFL are minorities and only two of them are offensive coordinators. And remember: This offseason, the number of minority head coaches was cut from eight to four.

The bottom line: The NFL's Rooney Rule was created to increase diversity among NFL coaches, and while it has certainly had a positive impact, the rule has its holes. This summit and other similar events are an attempt to fill them in.

Go deeper: The NFL's great data divide