Last year, at a previous stop in my NFL employment, I wrote an article entitled ôYes We CanàWe Just DonÆt Have To.ö Penned the week of President Barack ObamaÆs inauguration, it focused on how the NFLÆs ôRooney Ruleö was more of an obstacle than an opportunityùand seeing how Mr. Obama had already expressed a fervent interest in the American sports scene, maybe he could take a look at it. Fast forward about 50 weeks. The 2009 NFL regular season is less than 24 hours dead and already, two NFL teams have unwittingly made a mockery of the beloved Rooney Rule. By nature, there are going to be times that the rule is more of an obstacle than an opportunity. Take the Dolphins in 2008, who knew they wanted Tony Sparano to be their coach but had to interview Vikings defensive coordinator Les ...
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