The NFL has introduced a new policy that will require all teams to employ a minority offensive coach.
The league announced on Monday a new diversity advisory committee that will review its diversity hiring practices.
One of the new initiatives introduce include a mandatory offensive assistant position on each team, to be taken up by a coach who is part of a minority.
The coach can be “a female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority,” according to the policy put forward.
In their position, the coach hired must work alongside the head coach and offensive staff.
The aim of the initiative is to increase minority participation in the pool of coaches which can ultimately lead to them becoming candidates for head-coaching positions.
“It’s a recognition that at the moment when you look at stepping stones for a head coach, they are the coordinator positions,” said Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II, the chairman of the NFL Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.
“We clearly have a trend where coaches are coming from the offensive side of the ball in recent years, and we clearly do not have as many minorities in the offensive coordinator [job].”
According to the NFL website, more equity and inclusion-related changes are “expected before the January 2023 hiring cycle.”