NFL insider notes: Optimism in diversity of training and Madden 21 coins GM searches, Giants and Falcons upgrades and more

With the NFL's coach and general manager hiring cycle today in full swing, there's a sense of optimism in those early phases of the procedure about the searches becoming more diverse and inclusive than anything else we have seen in recent years. It is far too preliminary to make any proclamations, however through the first interviews for candidates not currently under NFL contracts, owners appear to be performing a more-than-cursory job of meeting varied candidates, and there's a growing sense among current and former NFL executives, training representatives, and among the candidates of color themselves who 2021 can in fact be reflective of the composition of the NFL's locker rooms.

I would call it cautious optimism, as NFL teams start to submit formal request slips to interview coach and GM candidates. And Rod Graves, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which operates together with the NFL from the pursuit of diversity in the coaching and management 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 problem over the past 8-to-12 months"

There's nothing to winner until we see the final outcome of those searches, but it appears more than lip service is being paid to The Rooney Rule, and there is a sense within the classes doing the hiring which the time for words is over -- this league must be equitable in who gets to cheap Mut 21 coins sit in places of power within the sport, and, finally, just the owners themselves may change that.