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NFL owners recently spent almost a billion dollars on fired coaches and execs

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If Elon Musk is the icing on the cake named “billionaires aren’t geniuses,” then NFL owners are the batter.

In line with a recent report, the league recently notified owners that over the past five years they’ve spent a whopping $800 million on coaches and front-office executives that don’t even work for them anymore.

I assumed we were headed towards a recession — guess not.

The report goes on to inform us that the league even made spreadsheets that showed how bad the decision-making has been, displaying the absurd amounts of cash which have been made by owners firing people too soon, or hiring the incorrect ones. Between the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans, a minimum of $69 million and 12 years of remaining contracts were flushed down the bathroom. The Recent York Football Giants are currently paying three different coaching staffs in 2022. And since 2021, seven head coaches have been fired during or after the season.

Do the names of those execs and coaches look familiar?

Jeff Saturday. Josh McDaniels. Nathaniel Hackett. Eric Bieniemy. Byron Leftwich. Leslie Frazier. Matt Rhule. Frank Reich. Jon Gruden. Mike Mayock.

For those who’re wondering what all of them have in common, it’s that they were either hired, fired, or must have been hired — but still aren’t — recently all on account of a dumb decision that an owner signed off on. And with Black Sunday only just a few weeks away, one other group of head and interim coaches shall be relieved of their duties because the NFL averages almost seven head-coaching changes per yr.

This shouldn’t be a league that values job security.

Funny enough, the report that was made for the owners looks like just one other example of what Brian Flores’ lawyers will use as ammunition. Because when three Black coaches (Flores, Ray Horton, and Steve Wilks) filed a class-action lawsuit against the league for its alleged racist hiring practices, proof that the owners would quite waste hundreds of thousands on bad white coaches and execs as a substitute of hiring Black ones just strengthens your case. Since 2000, only 26 Black men — sans Mike McDaniel — have been hired as head coaches on this league.

In October, it was reported that the lawsuit was “on ice” because the judge was deciding if the case should participate in open court where the NFL’s dirty laundry could be aired out, or in arbitration where NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could be the arbitrator — which seems sketchy and biased.

But, irrespective of what comes of it, the undeniable fact that we’re at this moment with this latest information that the league provided just further proves that wealth doesn’t equate to wisdom. 

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