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The NFL is making changes to its head coach and general manager hiring processes by amending the Rooney Rule.

CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones tweeted a memo from the league outlining the adjustments:

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Upcoming changes to the hiring process for NFL head coaches and general managers, as well as adjustments to the Rooney rule. A note has just been sent to the clubs here pic.twitter.com/K1523N0SFw

It should be noted that all teams must interview at least two external candidates of color for the positions of General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations. The same goes for the offensive, defensive and special teams coordinator positions.

As noted by the NFL, this requirement is consistent with the league’s Rooney rule on head coaches, which mandated at least two interviews of external applicants of color since its expansion in 2020. The rule was originally enacted in 2003.

Additionally, at least one external candidate of color must be interviewed in person for the head coach and general manager positions.

Finally, teams are allowed to interview head coach candidates during the last two weeks of the regular season if the team has already parted ways with its coach or has notified the coach that it will not be returning. The candidate must have the consent of their organization to interview for the position.

As of week 1 of the 2021 season, five of the 32 teams had head coaches of color: Pittsburgh Steelers (Mike Tomlin), Miami Dolphins (Brian Flores), Washington Football Team (Ron Rivera) , Houston Texans (David Culley) and New York Jets (Robert Saleh).

Five teams have general managers of color: the Dolphins (Chris Grier), Cleveland Browns (Andrew Berry), Atlanta Falcons (Terry Fontenot), Detroit Lions (Brad Holmes) and Washington (Martin Mayhew).

Notable candidates of color for future head coaching openings include Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, head coach New York Giants assistant and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and Buffalo Bills assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Candidates of color for general manager positions include Bills senior director of pro scouting Malik Boyd, assistant director of college scouting at Bills Lake Dawson, Baltimore Ravens director of senior player personnel Vincent Newsome, vice president Arizona Cardinals professional staff Adrian Wilson and former Giants general manager Jerry Reese. .