With the Cleveland Browns hiring Hue Jackson as their head coach, the AFC North now has three African American coaches in the division at the same time. These teams include the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, a feat that hasn't been seen since Romeo Crennel was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns way back in 2005-2008.
That leaves the Baltimore Ravens as the only team in the division without a black head coach as John Harbaugh has held the position since 2008. Oddly enough, it's causing people on twitter to actually accuse the Ravens of racism. Words don’t describe how ignorant those people are. I would call them something else, but that isn’t professional in this setting.
Three black coaches in AFC North for the second time. @ravens lone racist holdouts— Arch Stanton (@EyeonOhio) January 13, 2016
The @Ravens are racist! They only hire white head coaches!— Chris Tallion (@ctallion23) January 13, 2016
Hey @Ravens you're the only team in the AFC North without an African American Head Coach. Why are you guys so racist???— Hahahaharbaugh (@THE_OSU) January 13, 2016
It's a known Fact the @Ravens are a racist, only AFC north team refusing to hire an African American Head Coach— Next Year Mode (@_Jimbo_Slice_79) January 13, 2016
Out of all the teams in not only the NFL, but in professional sports, for people to call the Baltimore Ravens organization racist is laughable to no end.
Let’s start off with the fact that Ravens have general manager Ozzie Newsome at the helm who is not only regarded as the best general manager by many in NFL circles over the last 20 seasons, but is also the first black general manager in NFL history. He was officially given the general manager title in 2002 but has been operating as the main personnel decision maker for the franchise since they arrived in Baltimore in 1996.
Second, when you think about the Ravens as a franchise, you know them as one of the elite organizations in the NFL over the last 20 seasons with two super bowl trophies and 15 playoff wins (only second to the Patriots with 21 playoff wins) during that time. The Ravens have also had very notable African American assistant coaches who have went on to become head coaches.
Marvin Lewis, as mentioned, is the head coach of the Bengals. Lewis was originally the defensive coordinator for the Ravens from 1996-2001 and played a big role in forming arguably the greatest defense in NFL history when the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000. The 2000 Ravens defense set the following NFL records:
- least points allowed in a 16 game season (165)
- tied for most shutouts in a 16 game season (four)
- set NFL record for least rushing yards in a season (970)
- first defense in NFL history to allow under 200 points in 20 games as a unit (174)