Jason Whitlock: “Cal McNair, the owner of the Texans, would rather cut Lovie Smith a $15-$20 million dollar check than continue in a relationship he doesn't believe has a real future. The Texans did the exact same thing a year ago when they decided to annul their marriage to David Culley, another coach they wed quickly with no real conviction. This is the consequence of the racial politics corporate media foisted upon the NFL, and the league office adopted without pushback. Neither Smith nor Culley got the Houston job because management believed they were the best candidate. Smith and Culley were chosen largely because of their skin color, pressure from Roger Goodell and his top lieutenant Troy Vincent, and the NFL's desire to avoid being called ‘racist’ over its treatment of Black coaches. Houston was guilt-tripped into hiring Smith and Culley. Guilt can get you the job but it won't allow a man to keep that job. You think Cal McNair feels sorry for Smith and Culley after cutting multi-million dollar severance checks? No dice. McNair feels like he did Smith and Culley favors… Because he did. Culley was a career-long NFL assistant. He was 66 years old when he landed his first head coaching job. The longtime NFL receivers coach was working as the ‘passing game coordinator’ for the Baltimore Ravens when the Texans gave him the job. ‘PASSING GAME COORDINATOR’ for Lamar Jackson's Baltimore Ravens. That's like being elevated to the CEO of Weight Watchers after being the ‘Vegetables Coordinator’ for Lizzo. The Texans gifted Culley the job and everybody knew it, including the players in the Houston locker room. Football locker rooms are where false narratives die. Things that sound good on Twitter or during a woke ESPN rant often sound like hot garbage in a locker room where players just want to win games, and they don't really care about the color of their head coach. Culley inspired no one, the Texans went 4-13 last year. Culley offered no unique strategic advantage or leadership. Years ago, Lovey Smith offered a unique strategic advantage and impactful leadership. He was an expert at Tony Dungy's ‘Tampa 2’ defense, and Smith mimicked the quiet strength and poise of his mentor. Smith had a strong nine-year run with the Chicago Bears winning three divisional titles and one NFC Championship. He parlayed that into a two-year stint in Tampa, and five seasons at the University of Illinois. His last winning season as a head coach was a decade ago in 2012, his final season in Chicago. Smith is 64 years old now, he's lost his magic. The Texans hired him to satisfy the race baiters in the media. It's a recipe for failure. You can't lead 60 men in a locker room when everyone knows you got hired because Roger Goodell, Troy Vincent, and ESPN talking heads forced ownership to hire you. Guilt and racial idolatry are powerful forces on Twitter. The same woke players tweeting out ‘Black Lives Matter!’ act completely different inside a locker room. They want to be led by dynamic coaches of ANY color. The media race baiters have emasculated black coaches. They've turned all of them into sympathy hires. Everyone, including the Black players are suspicious of a Black head coach’s qualifications and competence… NFL ownership doesn't have a problem with the color of Brian Flores' skin, they have a problem with his attitude, and the attitude of a generation of young people who feel entitled. The world doesn't owe men, regardless of color, ANYTHING. Victims are not leaders. The people trying to shame employers into a job are not leaders, they're cowards. If Lovie Smith is a victim of anything, it's the perception of Black men as weak and unqualified created by the ‘diversity, inclusion, and equity’ proponents. You've listened to people all day tell you ‘Oh my God, the NFL is racist!', and ‘Oh my God, this is completely unfair to Lovie Smith!’, and ‘Oh my God, this is two years in a row the Houston Texans have done this to Black coaches!’, and ‘This is unfair, this is what Black coaches face!’… Man, there have been 29 head coaches in the NFL fired after one year. Lovie Smith and David Culley are not new. They don't represent anything new. It's a cutthroat business. There is no billionaire cutting 60-year-old coaches multi-million dollar checks who are going ‘OH MY GOD, THIS IS HORRIBLE! I FEEL SO TERRIBLE FOR THESE GUYS!’ I’m giving these guys multi-million dollar severance packages, I didn’t want to hire them in the first place. This culture we've created where you’ve got to hire a Black coach or you're ‘racist’ is why Lovie Smith and David Culley got the job instead of someone who's qualified, instead of a young coach who may have had a chance to do something. This whole D.I.E. [diversity, inclusion, equity] movement is emasculating us. It’s making all of us look unqualified, like we were all gifted things instead of earning things. It's all being led mostly by either dumb jocks or ex-jocks. When they actually were in the NFL, find me any of them that came out and said a word about ‘you better hire a black coach’. They all get out of the NFL, get out of the locker room, and then they all become experts on ‘you got to hire black coaches!’… When they were in the NFL and had the actual leverage to do something they never said a word. Phonies, fakes, frauds, cowards, ALL of them. Then you got people in the media that know nothing about football, know nothing about leading men, that are running their mouths, and talking about what they ‘think’ should happen in the NFL. They don't know if any of these guys are 'qualified', and they're stopping people from putting the work in, and the desperate pursuit of these opportunities that come from the kind of 'turning your life over upside down', and going to many lengths to becoming a head coach. We should be having that real honest conversation and forcing men to man up, but instead we're going to hear about how everybody's ‘racist.’ I was going to connect this to Damar Hamlin. There is a picture of all the medical staff on the field getting honored in Buffalo. There's 13 people that were on the field before that Buffalo game, they were all getting honored for saving Hamlin's life. Of the 13 people, nine of them were White men. Nobody is demanding on the medical staff of NFL teams for ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ because no one cares about the skin color of the doctors. When it comes to life and death matters all we care about is excellence, competence, and qualifications. When you go look around these medical staffs of all these professional sports, no one cares about diversity, equity, and inclusion. I'm not arguing that Black doctors and Black medical people aren't qualified, but no one cares, that's not a standard. ‘Oh the NFL is racist! They haven't hired enough Black medical staff!’… You'll never hear that from anybody. You think Damar Hamlin cares about the color of the people that saved his life? But when it comes to this head coaching deal everything is about race. These owners don't care what color their employees are, they just want them to get the job done. Look what the Cleveland Browns did for that idiot Deshaun Watson. If NFL ownership was ‘racist’, they wouldn't have handed Deshaun Watson $240 million guaranteed. No one would have handed him that if they were ‘racist.’ This man got 30 women claiming he sexually harassed but they gave him several guaranteed bags, and the dude can't even play right now. Certainly not this year, he was horrible the last five games of the season. These same people that are paying these quarterbacks— Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott; 40 million dollars a year, but oh yeah, they're ‘racist.’ ‘They don't want to give one of these black head coaches...’, get out of here, it's a stupid Twitter argument and narrative. It's the victim mentality that they don't want any part of when it comes to a leadership position and the head coaching position in the National Football League. If you think you're a victim – because 70% of the players in the NFL are Black – if you think they're victims then you're not built for leadership. You're not a leader, you're a victim promoting a victim mentality. Brian Flores, victim, with a victim mentality. I don't blame him for not wanting to be associated with it or him running their football team. Victims aren't leaders. Show me one of these ‘victims’ who's a great leader in sports? It's not the skin color it's the attitude that we've been sold and we've embraced. THAT’S what is undermining us as head coaches in the National Football League.” (Full Segment Above)
Watch Jason Whitlock of ‘Fearless’ call out members of the media who were most boisterous in their condemnation of Lovie Smith’s firing from the Houston Texans after just one season, as Whitlock mocks detractors who have incited that Smith’s firing, as well as former Texans head coach David Culley's, had something to do with skin color.
Check out the segment above as Whitlock details why he it’s nonsensical to believe that NFL owners would go out of their way to shun talented candidates just because of their race, adding that the support for Black head coaching candidate is a phony one and simply manufactured by oblivious media members, or agenda-driven former players.
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