Tampa, Florida – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Assistant head coach/running coordinator Harold Goodwin offered his support to former NFL offensive lineman and assistant coach Eugene Chung after Chung revealed he was called “not the right kind of minority” during an NFL training interview.
“Being in the minority in this league, there are ups and downs, and we know the process has been very difficult for us at times,” Goodwin said on Thursday. “But we have to keep up the good fight. Hopefully the NFL will investigate and go deeper and move and make the whole situation better so that we can put this problem to bed for once in the near future.”
Chung, who is a Korean American, said during a webinar last month that he was told “In fact, it is not a minorityDuring the interview. He declined to publicly name the team involved, but the NFL said it was investigating the incident.
Goodwin, who is black, has been publicly vocal about the league’s hiring practices toward minority candidates in the past. It may be rare for coaches to speak out, as some fear that this will reduce future job opportunities.
Goodwin, an NFL assistant since 2004 and coordinator since 2013, said in 2019 that the owners of the NFL team It wasn’t always there For his interviews with coaches, which indicated to him that the teams did not take his candidacy seriously and were only satisfying Rooney’s base speech.
“The best thing for me is to just tell his truth,” said Goodwin. “Everything that happens to me as a coach, as a husband, as a father, is up to God. All I can do is speak from the bottom of my heart, and I’ve done it in the past. We as minorities in the NFL have been through this for years and over years. And it’s still a topic.”
“…It’s just up to us as coaches to keep putting our faces out there, keep putting our work on tape, keep striving to get to the table, have conversations about the possibility of being a head coach or CEO or whatever that might be. We live by it. We can’t get up, as long as we’re too high or too low, so far as the situation is. Just keep going every day and trying to get better, to put ourselves in positions that will enable us to reach the top level of the club.”