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I'd call it cautious confidence, as NFL teams start to submit formal request slips to interview coach and GM candidates. And Rod Graves, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which works together with all the NFL in the pursuit of diversity in the coaching and management ranks.
"A great deal of credit goes to (Commissioner) Roger Goodell and (VP of football operations) Troy Vincent for the feeling of urgency which has developed about this problem over the past 8-to-12 months."
There's not anything to winner before we see the final outcome of those hunts, but it appears more than lip service is being paid to The Rooney Rule, and there's a sense within the classes doing the hiring that time for words is over -- that this league must be more equitable in who gets to sit in places of power inside the game, and, ultimately, just the owners themselves may alter this.