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Eagles could be violating league rules in Pederson hire


The Eagles have ended their coaching search. But they haven’t named their next head coach. Which means that their next head coach can’t currently be named, because his team is still playing.

Which is accurate, because multiple reports indicate that Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson will be the next coach.

It’s a gutsy move from the Eagles, who could be in violation of league rules regarding the hiring of an assistant whose current team has not yet ended its season.

“No contract shall be executed, and no agreement to execute a contract, or an announcement of a contract or of an agreement for employment, shall be permitted until after the conclusion of the employer club’s playing season,” the relevant policy states.

So either the Eagles have violated the rule by agreeing to strike an agreement with Pederson, or the Eagles simply assume that Pederson will eventually agree to terms. Which gives Pederson plenty of power, if he chooses to use it.

The Eagles surely trust that Pederson won’t, for example, ask for more money or otherwise renege on the deal they weren’t allowed to do. The rule itself is ridiculous; teams should be allowed to reach an agreement that won’t be effective until the new coach’s current season ends.

But until the league changes the rule, that’s the rule. So the league either needs to change the rule or enforce its current terms as zealously as it enforces other rules.

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62 Responses to “Eagles could be violating league rules in Pederson hire”
  1. Chris says: Jan 14, 2016 8:11 PM

    If policy is violated, team must immediately terminate a Howie Roseman, or any other person that is considered competent by that team’s Owner.

  2. jshawaii22 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:13 PM

    If underinflating a football is worth a first round draft pick, this should be 2 of them.

  3. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 14, 2016 8:14 PM

    This has and always will be a second rate franchise.

  4. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:20 PM

    …..if this means Howie gets fired….I’m all for it!

  5. nothingman says: Jan 14, 2016 8:20 PM

    A rule that shouldn’t be a rule, about an agreement that can’t be an agreement, in a league where a catch isn’t a catch. Got it.

  6. ejm845 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:24 PM

    NFL should take a 2rd round from them oh that’s rite they can’t because chipster traded it away for a can of coffee

  7. jbfazz1213 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:28 PM

    NFL Will Step In AndChris Paul This Deal !!! Pleads Eagle Fans

  8. yyc2phx says: Jan 14, 2016 8:29 PM

    Remember the last Andy Reid OC hire that had the same qualifications as Pederson?? Brad “kickass offense” Childress

  9. lilrob10201 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:31 PM

    It’s not an agreement until it’s written in ink.

  10. notoriousbfd says: Jan 14, 2016 8:35 PM

    How is this any different from when the Falcons “hadn’t” hired Dan Quinn last season?

  11. 1trojan33usc says: Jan 14, 2016 8:37 PM

    Chip DID NOT trade away 2nd round draft pick for a can of coffee !!!! It was a bag of Corn-Nuts ! Get it right. lol

  12. armchairqb says: Jan 14, 2016 8:38 PM

    Could be? How about definitely? How can they hire someone that’s still employed?

  13. arwiv says: Jan 14, 2016 8:40 PM

    Whenever you hear about nonsense like this you can bet a mortgage payment that a lawyer was behind it; all things that are in any way wrong, bad or stupid are because of lawyers.

  14. bengalsofthenorth says: Jan 14, 2016 8:50 PM

    Wasnt the guy in Atlanta hired from Seattle before their run was done last year?

  15. richiethegreek says: Jan 14, 2016 8:53 PM

    Are you serious with this article? This happens every year. It’s an unwritten rule of the new cba. Team has agreement with coach currently in playoffs, then announces after said team is eliminated. Did you write this article about Dan Quinn and the Falcons last year? Probably. Probably edited the parts that said “Dan Quinn” and “Falcons” and replaced them with “Doug Pederson” and “Eagles.”

    You finally got the point of how the rule is ridiculous 7 paragraphs after “EAGLES COULD BE VIOLATING LEAGUE RULES.” Solid work, Mike.

    P.s. don’t censor me this time!

  16. steves11 says: Jan 14, 2016 8:55 PM

    What’s the league going to do…fine the Eagles $10 million? That’s pocket change for Lurie anyway.

    The whole thing is ridiculous anyway. The Eagles haven’t “announced” anything in terms of “who” their new coach is going to be….only that their search is concluded. Its “league sources” that are claiming that they’re going to hire Pederson….not the Eagles themselves.

  17. rjpats says: Jan 14, 2016 8:56 PM

    Woah woah woah woah woah

    The Chiefs have an offense?

  18. normthegreycat says: Jan 14, 2016 8:58 PM

    I don’t think the rule is ridiculous at all. If I were a head coach, owner, or player trying to win a championship – I would only want my coordinator thinking about my team and my next opponent.

  19. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jan 14, 2016 8:58 PM

    I wonder how many people think of the word asinine whenever the NFL and rules are mentioned in the same sentence?

  20. rjth2012 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:00 PM

    The spirit of this rule is to imply that are certain assumptions made by annonymous parties that may or may not represent the primary parties being alluded to in this hypothetical oral but not factual or stated potential hiring. Hence the parties involved may or may not be in agreement but that is only an assumption which is purely speculative. Done!

  21. bjwbrown2011 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:03 PM

    During Superbowl XXXIX it was openly stated that Romeo Cranel was going to be announced as the Browns coach the next day.

    Non-issue used to generate a headline.

  22. cross300 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:04 PM

    Doesn’t sound like Pederson is too focused on the playoff game coming up with the world champs. I’m sure he will be the scapegoat after kc gets throttled this Saturday.

  23. eagleslakers says: Jan 14, 2016 9:07 PM

    Only way this matters is if the Chiefs complained and Reid wants Pederson to get the job, so they won’t.

  24. canuck54143 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:09 PM

    Made he should add his buddy Farve to his staff

  25. sidepull says: Jan 14, 2016 9:19 PM

    Take a draft pick.

  26. docboss says: Jan 14, 2016 9:21 PM

    Don’t worry about league rules. Tell them you are Kroenke. It worked for cross-ownership and relocation. It’s a “get out of jail free” card.

  27. thereyougo2 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:24 PM

    It’s Philly, there are no rules.

  28. kingjoe1 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:29 PM

    I dont recall anything but media specualtions. As is typical the media is so desperate to break a story they simply fabricate a logical one

  29. opposedtoinbreeders says: Jan 14, 2016 9:29 PM

    Learned from the Patriots? Keep the conspiracy of booger eaters going

  30. upperdecker19 says: Jan 14, 2016 9:32 PM

    Donovan McNabb has plenty of time on his hands and experience in replacing Pederson in the past……..heavens help him navigating the OT rules

  31. dynastyfootballforme says: Jan 14, 2016 9:33 PM

    Rule breaking when the Pat’s aren’t involved? Well then, along, nothing to see here.
    -Texans fan

  32. jjackwagon says: Jan 14, 2016 9:36 PM

    If it was a media-darling team(Pats, Broncos) the league would be up in arms. Since its just the Chiefs, no one will get punished even if it costs the Chiefs a playoff game.

  33. pftbro says: Jan 14, 2016 9:44 PM

    Philly and San Fran are now the new dysfunctional bottom-dweller organizations…..what messes they are….

  34. opposedtoinbreeders says: Jan 14, 2016 9:59 PM

    Classic. Rule breakers are only the Pats. No steroids, BS tricks but one team. Go Texans!

  35. stash918 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:02 PM

    Here we go again NFL fans. The Philadelphia Pigeons have won zero Super Bowls. Zero. Point. Zero. And they think violating NFL rules and losing draft picks to hire Doug Pederson will change that? Good luck, losers.

  36. richjohnson7 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:07 PM

    The NFL does not go by its own rules why should they expect anyone else should do it

  37. thefatlazygamer says: Jan 14, 2016 10:07 PM

    They have a verbal and mutual understanding is all.

  38. squared80 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:07 PM

    Let’s make sure the NFL understands what a catch is before we even try to change these rules.

  39. tmsclade says: Jan 14, 2016 10:09 PM

    dynastyfootballforme says:

    Jan 14, 2016 9:33 PM

    Rule breaking when the Pat’s aren’t involved? Well then, along, nothing to see here.

    -Texans fan


    Maybe I’m just a natural skeptic, but your screen name makes me skeptical that you’re really a Texans fan.

  40. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 14, 2016 10:15 PM

    I remember a time not too long when this site and sites like it (well just this site really) wrote multiple articles on every coaching hire on whether or not the Rooney rule was violated. So nice we live in a country that now has the race thing all figured out.

  41. charger383 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:15 PM

    as long as they played the all important Runney Rule game nothing will happen

  42. opposedtoinbreeders says: Jan 14, 2016 10:48 PM

    Thanks Doctor Phil. Glad you could figure it out. A Texans fan could never be sick of the BS. We are too high and mighty. Bless your heart

  43. kev86 says: Jan 14, 2016 10:52 PM

    Very sloppy by Philly. Good thing they had the extra week.

  44. the90salloveragain says: Jan 14, 2016 11:11 PM

    Good thing we have the Hall monitor to start drama , who cares when they hire him

  45. Damidwesterner says: Jan 14, 2016 11:36 PM

    I’ll tell you one thing. If Pederson decides to renege or ask for the moon, nobody is going to trust the guy again. I’m not talking particularly about money, but something like getting more control, or firing somebody.

  46. beacheagle55 says: Jan 14, 2016 11:44 PM

    Doug going to be busy for awhile, Chiefs beat pats…..lock of the week……..your welcome!

  47. geefan1 says: Jan 15, 2016 12:06 AM

    Should they enforce this rule as zealously as they do the one about not being allowed to lead with the crown of your helmet?

  48. ctchiefsfan says: Jan 15, 2016 12:09 AM

    Teams should not be permitted to interview or contact anyone until after the Super Bowls is over.

  49. midnightcochise says: Jan 15, 2016 1:20 AM

    So Harold Goodwin gets a courtesy interview, even though Koetter is the preference, because of a Rooney rule. When Philly hires who they want it also violates a rule. Do all these hiring rules matter when coaches sign a 5 year contract and get fired after 3 years, with the club still on the hook for the whole contract? If rosters are frozen until after the Super Bowl, how about apply the rule to coaches too? No one is at a disadvantage if all teams pplay with the same rules.

  50. silverandblack052099 says: Jan 15, 2016 3:05 AM

    It’s a good rule!

    Right now a team is preparing to win a playoff game and dare I say make the super bowl. And that game they are preparing for this weekend is against a team that at the very least likes to interpret the rules their own way. You’d think that team’s OC would have his focus on his current job and the matter at hand.But no, instead he’s off trying to better his own personal interests.

    Finish the job you started. The rule stays!

  51. psubeerman21 says: Jan 15, 2016 5:28 AM

    I could have sworn the eagles announced they were done interviewing candidates. Not once did the eagles say “Doug” or “Pederson”

  52. sufferingbirdsfan says: Jan 15, 2016 5:36 AM

    Gee, It would be just terrible if the league demanded Roseman’s termination and blocked Pederson’s hiring… We ain’t that lucky.

  53. usa98j30t4 says: Jan 15, 2016 6:16 AM

    Let me guess. There will be ZERO punishment for this.



  54. ravensfan56 says: Jan 15, 2016 7:27 AM

    I wish the Eagles cold hot dogs. I wish the fans empty roads to and from the stadium. I wish them nothing but Randy Edsall as head coach and 0-16 seasons.

  55. cgroce12 says: Jan 15, 2016 8:07 AM

    The Eagles didn’t comment on anything regarding any agreement. How could they be in violation of a rule they didn’t break? Les Bowen of the Daily News reported it, not the Eagles or Pederson. This is a stupid and pointless piece of literature.

  56. msarcher1 says: Jan 15, 2016 8:19 AM

    That’s as close as they can get to bringing Andy back.

  57. sbaltimore says: Jan 15, 2016 9:42 AM

    LOL. Our legal tattle tale is at it again.

  58. TheDPR says: Jan 15, 2016 12:48 PM

    Asking the NFL to consistently enforce their own rules. Funny stuff. It will never happen.

  59. demanrighthere says: Jan 15, 2016 1:44 PM

    But Suh can sign a contract for the exact amount and terms that leaked out during a time at which money cannot be discussed, and the league will investigate and determine no tampering occurred! The league will turn their eyes when they want too!

  60. mkat33 says: Jan 15, 2016 3:24 PM

    beacheagle55 says:
    Jan 14, 2016 11:44 PM
    Doug going to be busy for awhile, Chiefs beat pats…..lock of the week……..your welcome!

    Yes. My welcome.

  61. yetimonster says: Jan 15, 2016 8:52 PM

    Who announced this, Shefter? Is this T*Z?

  62. Chrinnie says: Jan 16, 2016 9:09 AM

    I bet Les Brown’s unnamed source is Bill Bellichick. He is doing this to cause disruption to Kansas City’s offense and the team so they Patriots can win and move onto the AFC Championship Game.

    As plausible as the accusation made in the article, I think.

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