Together with the NFL's coach and Madden 21 coins general manager hiring cycle today in full swing, there is a sense of optimism in these early phases of the process about the searches becoming more diverse and inclusive than anything we've seen in recent decades. It is far too preliminary to make any proclamations, but during the first interviews for candidates not under NFL contracts, owners seem to be doing a more-than-cursory job of meeting varied candidates, and there's an increasing sense among current and former NFL executives, training representatives, and among the candidates of color themselves that 2021 may in reality be more reflective of the composition of the NFL's locker rooms.

I'd call it cautious optimism, as NFL teams start to submit formal request slips to interview coach and GM candidates. Along with Rod Graves, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which operates with the NFL in the pursuit of greater diversity in the management and coaching positions.

"A lot of credit goes to (Commissioner) Roger Goodell and (VP of football operations) Troy Vincent for the sense of urgency which has developed relating to this issue over the past 8-to-12 months."

There's nothing to champion until we see the final results of these searches, but it seems more than lip service is being paid into The Rooney Rule, and there is a sense within the groups doing the hiring which time for words is over -- this league must be equitable in who gets to buy Mut 21 coins sit in places of power within the sport, and, ultimately, just the owners themselves can alter that.