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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

On Leslie Frazier's interview with the Dolphins

I spent a few minutes talking with Dolphins head coach candidate Leslie Frazier earlier today.

Frazier is a good man and a solid coordinator but most folks don't think he'll get a legitimate shot to be the Dolphins coach. That is not what Frazier told me today so I wrote a story about it that is new to the Herald's website now. Here is the story: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_news/story/371394.html

Frazier told me this is his first interview for a head coaching job, but given how well the Vikings defense played at times in 2007, and his background with Tony Dungy, I get the feeling it will not be his last.

The conspiracy theorists out there are saying that Frazier was interviewed today only because he is a minority and his agent is the same as that of Bill Parcells and that is all part of the web of intrigue that will ultimately bring Tony Sparano to the Dolphins.

Well, I agree Frazier got this interview in part because he is black. And I indeed am skeptical that anyone not named Sparano will get the Dolphins job.

But Jimmy Sexton -- who is the agent for Parcells and Sparano -- did not serve up Frazier to Parcells simply to fulfill the requirements of the Rooney Rule. How do I know? Because Sexton is not Frazier's agent.

At least that is what Frazier told me.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chances are that Sparano is still the guy, but Frazier was worthy of the interview. Either Sparano or Frazier would probably be a solid hire.

4:01 PM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

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4:43 PM  
Blogger j dizzle said...

I think the Rooney Rule is a waste of time!!! Even though it requires minorities to be interviewed it doesn't guarantee that they will be seriously considered!! So what is the rule for?? If a team owner doesn't like minorities he isn't required to have a certain number on his staff what are all the games for?? Do we really need a rule for this?? I'm black and I hate this rule its like a hand out or something!!! I feel if you won't give a minority a chance then its really your LOST!!!

4:46 PM  
Anonymous S. Crotum said...

I think Frazier represents good intentions on behalf of the Dolphins and in time he maybe what we need, but the future is now.
Parcells is preparing us for an ascension into the ranks of the elite guard of the NFL. On an individual level, ascension is the process of changing one’s consciousness from one reality, based on one set of beliefs, to another. On a group or planetary level, ascension is the collective expansion of a state of consciousness (set of beliefs) to the point where that consciousness creates a new reality—a new state of being or dimension (*The Hundredth Monkey Syndrome). Example: We are collectively creating a 5th dimensional consciousness through our individual ascension processes. Okay, I realize I have thrown a new thought in here, that being that a dimension is a state of consciousness. Perhaps we’d better stop and look at that before we go on because we really need to understand consciousness, dimensions and such before we can truly grasp the process of ascension.

What is consciousness?

Consciousness is a set of beliefs on which we base our lives and through which we make the choices and decisions that make up our present reality.

What is a dimension?

A dimension is a state of consciousness. Now how can that be? Well, when you look at what we know about dimensions, what we find is that each is about a unique set of beliefs. For example, 3D is about the belief that, this is the only life that we have and if you can’t touch it, taste it, see it, feel it or hear it, it doesn’t exist. Is that pretty close? 5D, which I will fully address in an upcoming article, is about Christ or Unity consciousness where we realize that we are all connected—we understand and live in oneness (there is a misconception of what unity consciousness looks like and I will address it in the article, The 5th Dimension—what will it be like?). Our current 3D consciousness was not established until enough people began to believe the same way. And I suspect the current 5D consciousness was not established until enough of the people existing there, figured out how to live in unity. So we see that when enough people live a set of beliefs they create a dimension.

Going further, a state of consciousness/dimension vibrates as a certain frequency just as all physical matter has a distinguishing vibration or frequency. In our universe, as I understand it, the closer we get to the integration point of Light and Dark, the faster we vibrate (compassion being the integration point with the fastest vibratory rate). So, if a whole group of people acquire a particular set of beliefs, in this case, the understanding of how to live at the integration point between Light and Dark, then they all begin to vibrate at that particular rate. This vibratory rate is also known as a frequency. Continuing on, this group vibration creates a new consciousness, a new reality, and a new dimension by the individuals in the group expressing themselves emotionally, creatively, etc. Whew! I hope this all makes sense to you. Sometimes I find trying to explain multidimensional concepts a bit challenging because there are so many levels to them. I can see them in my mind but getting them down on paper is another matter. *smile*

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

j dizzle - I can appreciate your sentiment about the Rooney rule being similar to a handout. I personally think everyone should earn their position. However try looking at it this way, even though the rule is easy to circumvent, it still provides value to those who get interviewed because of it. Every interview is an opportunity for the candidate to at least to gain practice at the interview process as well as to make contacts that could benefit them in the future. The intent of the Rooney Rule is to provide opportunities, in any form and that's all anyone could ask. Further, if the minority candidate feels like they are just a "token" interview to satisfy the rule, they can always opt not to participate.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personnaly don't give a rat about what color the next coach is as long as they bleed Aqua and Orange and tells it like it is. I wish Parcells would look at Mike Singletary.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent update.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Duh said...

Affirmative action is stupid in all walks of life. Guys like Tony Dungy, Lovey Smith, and Marvin Lewis didn't get head coaching jobs because of some idiotic rule that forced teams to consider them. They got jobs because they were good coaches. As PC as the NFL has become they should force all teams to consider White corner backs before making a hire.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Extreme Racist and Realist said...

Is it me or the only reason you get a black quarterback is because he can run and not because he can read defenses. When are people going to learn. Warren Moon was great because he never ran and resembled a white quarterback. Run Nigga Run!

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

S. Crotum you've done a pretty good job of explaining a very complex idea. i wish more people would take the time to think about the nature of reality, it makes livng in this realm much more exciting. eleven11

9:05 PM  
Anonymous B. Allsack said...

Scrotum. Save your new aged bullshit for another forum. It seems you have everything figured out don't you. Then why the hell are you still on this earth? Why do you even need a body? Why haven't you risen from your body and are and about traversing the ethers? I have a suggestion for you. Why don't you go vibrate off the top of a roof along with your mystic bullshit.

Let me hit you with a little knowledge. The closer you get to your integration point the closer you are to oblivion. You want to become one with the source yet you fail to realize that without a subject to experience the object, you don't exist. Without the dark to contrast the light there are no visible forms. For most people I'd give the advice of staying away from the light but for you I hope you run towards it.

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Dolfan Ray said...

All the new age theories and racism aside, I think that we can all respect what the Rooney Rule and Fritz Pollard Alliance are meant to do: They're intended to give minority candidates a chance. Just as affirmative action was originally instituted to allow minorities a fair shake at jobs in the workplace. But just as affirmative action is outdated, so is the Rooney Rule and the Fritz Pollard Alliance. If Tony Dungy were fired by the Colts tomorrow, how many teams would be contacting him? He's black, but more importantly, he's a great football coach. His race has nothing to do with that. It's his mind and football knowledge that teams are looking at. The only thing that the Rooney Rule does now is belittle minority interviewees by making them a token interview. The candidates often rubuke offers to interview because it is obvious that another candidate has already been selected. Why is it in a sport that is dominated by African-American athletes that we need to be so focused on the race of a person and not performance? Think about theunderdogs in the NFL. Who comes to mind? Is it Wes Welker- Yes! Because he is the small white guy who looks out of place. He is not prototypical, thus he is the minority in this environment. Why doesn't the Fritz Pollard Allaince serve white people as equally as blacks? The league is 70-80% black. Who is representing the minority players, aka, non-black players? Why not mandate that every team require one Chinese or Japanese players? Because it would be stupid to suggest that a gifted athlete be excluded on a team because the team had to make room for a minority candidate. It just wouldn't make sense. I only want the best athletes on my team. And the same goes for coaching and management. No matter what their color or heritage or religion is. I hope same can crawl out of their holes on this issue and realize that we're all here to cohabitate and it's much easier if we do it harmoniously and not always confrontationally. Peace to all. Go Dolphins!

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Martin K said...

Holy Sh*t, I didn't know I was about to attened a college Philosophy or Ethics class this morning! Thanks for the post 'Mando - better than no post.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Ron in Charlotte said...

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8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Rex Ryan a token also? is anybody who come here to interview for the job a token? I mean the job is sparano so it is believe. why would any coach of any background come here to interview for the job if they don't think bill will give them a fair shot? people are killing me with this rule. mike tomlin was the best interviewed man for the dolphins job last year... didn't get hired for whatever reason you would like to believe. if it wasn't for the rule the rooney's wouldn't have interviewed him at all and everybody knows that. mike got his chance and the rooney's were impress and hired him instead of the coach that everybody thought they will hire. it is stated that it is sparano job. every coach that comes in here has a chance to impress bill and make him forget about sparano. this is my team, i want the best coach possible and he can be any color as long he put up the wins baby

9:10 AM  
Blogger Ron in Charlotte said...

Rooney hired Tomlin becaus ethe league pushed for Rooney to hire a black coach, cementing the rule of his namesake...duh...

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rooney Rule is a sham. It has no place or merit in the NFL. Why? Because it has no teeth. It doesn't carry any authority with it. It's merely a gesture or nod to minorities that says, "Hey we know you're black, but we aren't serious about letting you have a fair shot at becoming a head coach." It's really a backhanded slap to the face of minorities. A league-mandated rule, such as the Rooney Rule, does nothing to promote blacks, it only acknowledges them. What is so perplexing to me is this: NFL team rosters are made of up of 95% minorities, but as soon as you strip the helmet and pads off of them, they are no longer qualified to contribute to the game as a head coach. What gives? When are minority coaches going to have a fair shake?

Personally, I feel the Rooney Rule should be toughened or totally withdrawn from the league. In its current form, it is a toothless sham of a system. One that is being manipulated by rich, white NFL owners.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill needs a Yes man and I think Sparano is the right guy for the job.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Einstein,
Wayne Huzinga is a minority so, if he deicides not to hire Frazier what will they call that?

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job. Where did you run into Frazier?

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those who point out that guys like Dungy, Lewis and Smith got head coaching jobs because of their talent must remember -- Dungy toiled for YEARS as outstanding defensive assistant. When he got the job in Tampa, he was NOT the first choice, or the second -- literally, he got the job by default! Of course, after he took Tampa from the realm of laughing stock of the league, he was recognized for what he was all along -- a darn good coach, which is why he was unemployed for about 30 seconds when Tampa let him go. Marvin Lewis, an defensive superstar coach, was passed over several times for "recycles" (white coaches who keep getting head positions) before Cincy got him. And Smith -- well, anyone who's a Dungy disciple (including Martinelli -- a white guy) will likely get a shot. But the rule is necessary to force Owners and GMs to at least LOOK where they would ordinarily not look. It's to their advantage -- they might find a Dungy in place where they would ordinarily have never looked.

10:50 AM  

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