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Dale Hansen Takes Aim at NFL Coaching Racism, Jason Garrett

The WFAA sportscaster’s thoughts receive national attention once again.

It feels like it’s been a while since longtime WFAA sportscaster Dale Hansen touched a viral nerve, but his thoughts on this year’s NFL coaching carousel are now making the rounds. In a couple minutes during his occasional Unplugged segment, Hansen pointed his ire at NFL ownership. Five of the last eight coaches fired have been black, leaving the league with just two remaining black head coaches.

“Young, talented coaches of color are not getting the chance—that’s a huge problem,” says Hansen. “The covert racism of the NFL ownership group was so bad, the NFL had to make a rule so that minority coaches could at least get an interview.”

Hansen, too, brings up new Arizona Cardinals coach Kilff Kingsbury. The 39-year-old was fired from his head coaching job at Texas Tech following last season:

Kingsbury fits all the criteria to be a head coach in the NFL. He’s an offensive genius, he’s young, and he’s white. And not necessarily in that order.

There have been six new coaches hired so far, all white, and two coaches of color they are replacing—Steven Wilkes, fired in Arizona after just one year, Vance Joseph in Denver, after just two. But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is in his 9th year, apparently because he wins so much.

Here’s the full video:

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Comments

  • Brad Johnson

    I wonder if any young, talented sportscasters of color are not getting a chance because old, white, bloviating dudes don’t know when to move on.

    • PeterTx52

      ding ding ding we have a winner folks

      • JamieT

        As long as we’re going to employ the neologism “of color” (“Congratulations, lumpen, you’ve just been identified as generically non-white.”), equal pretensiousness suggests we identify Dale with the frenchified “sans color”.

  • PeterTx52

    Hey Dale instead of complaining how about giving us your top 5 or 10 minority (why limit to African-Americans?) coaches that you think should be a head coach in the NFL.

  • DubiousBrother

    Hansen is correct, it is much easier for NFL owners to sell their fans on losing teams than on a black coach or a black quarterback or black players or black cheerleaders. They don’t even sell dark beer at the games, do they?