Stephen A. Smith: African American NFL Coaches Don’t Get ‘Leeway’ When Their Team’s Effort is Questioned

stephen-a-smith-650x427New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles has taken a number of shots in the press Tuesday, in the wake of his team’s embarrassing 41-10 Monday night loss to the Indianapolis Colts on national television. Several outlets called for the second year coach’s dismissal, despite the fact that the Jets posted a solid 10-6 record during his first season.

The coach was critical of his team’s effort in the postgame news conference. And it is this criticism that Stephen A. Smith believes could get Bowles fired — as Smith believes that African American coaches like Bowles don’t receive “latitude and leeway” when their teams are criticized for lack of effort.

“When you are a black coach, and the effort of the players are being questioned, it is the ultimate death knell,” Smith said during Tuesday’s edition of First Take

“Everybody ain’t Jeff Fisher,” Smith said, referring to the Los Angeles Rams head coach who recently got a contract extension despite never having a winning record in his five years with the team. “Especially the brothers. You ain’t getting that kind of latitude and leeway.”

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