Bucs’ Harold Goodwin: Steve Wilks firing ‘hurt a little bit’ amid lack of black hires #Steve_WilksJanuary 13, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. — New Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant head coach and run-game coordinator Harold Goodwin didn’t mince words Friday when asked about his disappointment over the firing of head coach Steve Wilks in Arizona after one season, and over the lack of minority hires around the NFL overall.
Under the rule, which was adopted in 2003, every NFL team is required to interview at least one minority candidate for head-coaching and general manager positions.
After Goodwin’s interviews last year the NFL and Pollard Alliance worked together to strengthen the Rooney Rule, where teams could only satisfy the requirement of interviewing at least one candidate of color for both head coaching and general manager positions if an NFL owner, or the primary decision maker in an organization, was present for the interview.
“We have seen the league change for the better, but there is still work to be done,” said Wooten, who has followed up on every interview this year and said all teams have been compliant with the new rules.
As far as what happened to Wilks, Wooten said it’s “not new” to fire coaches after one year.
… Guys have been fired before that have only been in the league for one year as a coach.
Goodwin said one roadblock he has faced has to do with being an offensive line coach; he said teams want a coach who can develop quarterbacks and has called plays.
I think it’s more of an offensive mentality right now as far as the league, as far as the rules are going, what’s going against the defense as far as the plays that can be run, so everybody’s rushing to get the next offensive genius, so to speak.
If not, you be the best coach you can be.”
Goodwin: Impossible to build from ground up in 1 year (0:24)New Bucs assistant coach Harold Goodwin discusses the firing of his friend Steve Wilks after one year with the Cardinals, saying, “That hurt a little bit.”