There is not anything to champion until we see the final results of those searches, but it seems more than lip service is being paid into The Rooney Rule, and there's a sense within the classes doing the hiring which time for words is over -- that this league must be equitable in who gets to sit in places of power inside the game, and, ultimately, only the owners themselves may alter this.
Knowledgeable coaches like Marvin Lewis and executives like Rick Smith seem very poised at this stage to have a legitimate chance with numerous teams. There's hope that 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy will have better luck this time around.
The team has become more competitive, proactive and consistent with its messaging to teams about the need to change the way they have been doing business, and I have heard repeatedly from people doing the hiring, and those who represent lots of the top candidates, the character of this cycle will in reality be different.
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