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Roger Goodell: Minority hiring rate 'not acceptable'

NEW ORLEANS -- The Rooney Rule has been a hot topic of conversation after a hiring cycle that included no minority hires among the 15 new head coaches and general managers this offseason.

At his state of the league news conference Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear that the results were "not acceptable."

"The Rooney Rule has been very effective," Goodell said. "We have to look to see what the next generation is. We have to take it to another level."

Goodell went on to say that the league is committed to finding an answer that will allow the league's talent to excel. He said there will be many conversations to this end.

"We want to make sure we have the best people in the best possible positions," Goodell said. "We didn't have the outcomes we wanted."

Goodell stressed that "full diversity" is important to the future of the league. It's clear that changes are coming.

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