Fritz Pollard Alliance Recommends GM Candidates

The Fritz Pollard Alliance has released its annual list of minority candidates for general manager vacancies. Much like the latest batch of recommended coaching hires, the suggested GM list is more than twice as long as last year’s. 

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Here’s the full rundown, via Tom Pelissero of (Twitter link):

  • Ray Agnew (Rams)
  • Joey Clinkscales (Raiders)
  • Quentin Harris (Cardinals)
  • Alonzo Highsmith (Browns)
  • Brad Holmes (Rams)
  • Champ Kelly (Bears)
  • Martin Mayhew (49ers, ex-Lions GM)
  • Will McClay (Cowboys)
  • Jimmy Raye III (Lions)
  • Jerry Reese (ex-Giants GM)
  • Doug Whaley (ex-Bills GM)
  • Doug Williams (Redskins)


Clinkscales, Highsmith, McClay, and Williams were all featured on last year’s list, but none of those executives landed GM jobs. The only executive from the last round of recommendations who did not carry over to this year was Ray Farmer, the former Browns GM who is currently serving as a senior consultant with the Rams.

Of the dozen suggested executives on this list, only three sat for GM interviews in the last cycle: Mayhew (Panthers), Raye (Texans), and Whaley (Packers). McClay was asked to interview for the Texans opening, but declined the opportunity and instead signed a two-year extension to stay with the Cowboys. McClay may garner consideration again this time around, but he might not be interested in leaving Dallas.

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21 comments on “Fritz Pollard Alliance Recommends GM Candidates

  1. acarneglia

    Honestly all these things to encourage equal opportunities are a joke. Teams know who they want to hire, wasting time

    • ChiSoxCity

      Giving people of color opportunities they’ve never had before is a joke, huh? Well I think it’s a joke that all the executives and owners in industry, finance, entertainment, etc. are white men.

  2. winston714

    By putting Jerry Reese on list. Is it not doing quality people a disservice?

  3. sefthereject

    this is such a joke and waste of EVERY teams time. If you’re qualified for the job, you’re qualified for the job. Race or the color of your skin should NOT be a deciding factor. Teams know who they want.

    • crosseyedlemon

      We don’t know that race or color is a deciding factor. Certainly some GMs earn extra points for having bad haircuts, no fashion sense and the ability to make Homer Simpson look wise.

    • ChiSoxCity

      No, the real waste of time was 300 years of enslavement, and being denied the right to pursue a decent opportunity for oneself and their family for generations in this country. Fight diversity all you want, it’s an inevitability you can’t stop.

    • ChiSoxCity

      Always got jokes. This lack of care (which stems from hatred) shows why people like you and Trump are unfit for leadership roles.

    • ChiSoxCity

      How many Eskimos in the NFL? Have they been robbed of Billions of dollars in lifetime wealth and asset accumulation over generations simply because they were black? No? Next asinine question…

  4. crosseyedlemon

    No P-Diddy? He got turned down as an owner candidate for the Panthers but shouldn’t he get an interview for GM somewhere?

  5. Wally-the-green-monster

    Thought I’d break the string of ignorant and hateful comments. You may continue…

    • snotrocket

      You can either have equality or special treatment, but by definition of the words, the two concepts can’t coexist.

  6. shmeag

    Who would ever recommend Jerry Reese the amount of first round whiffs he’s had over the recent years is pathetic.

  7. ChiSoxCity

    European immigrants received millions of dollars in grants, training and subsidies to help transition them to the “new world” during the early 1900s. Blacks who were freed after generations of enslavement and oppression (formal education illegal, could not vote, marry, or legally own anything real or intellectual), received nothing. These were skilled farmers, laborers or craftsmen, basically left to fend for themselves in the Reconstruction south. The places where blacks were able to establish successful settlements (like Tulsa, OK), were burned to the ground by white people; many of it’s occupants murdered. While things have improved since then, prejudice and hatred still persists today. People who claim we live in a colorblind society where equal opportunity exists for most people are delusional and ignorant of the facts.

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