League has no comment on Eagles’ handling of Doug Pederson hire

AP

The Eagles picked Doug Pederson to be their next coach before Pederson could be hired. Under the rules, the Eagles couldn’t even come to an understanding with Pederson that an agreement would eventually be reached until the Chiefs were eliminated.

Philadelphia’s decision to admit publicly that the search was over last week and the emergence of multiple reports that Pederson would get the job created the impression that, whatever the terms used, Pederson knew the job was his at a time when the Eagles weren’t permitted to tell him that.

The NFL has declined comment on the situation, and it would be easy to call it a no-harm/no-foul situation, especially since the rule preventing a team from hiring an assistant coach whose current team is still playing seems unfair, outdated, and impractical. Still, the rule remains in place, and there’s enough evidence publicly available to suggest that the Eagles blatantly violated it.

Although the Chiefs aren’t complaining about it, other teams are grumbling because of the precedent it is setting. As one source with a team other than the Chiefs told PFT, Pederson’s awareness that he would be getting the job necessarily became a distraction as he prepared for a playoff game. Although the possibility that a win on Saturday may have delayed his ability to be hired for at least one week and maybe three, knowing that he’ll be a head coach of another team after his current team loses created a completely different set of distractions immediately, from lining up his staff to selling his house to buying a new house to thinking about free agents and the draft and all of the issues that officially become matters of significant urgency the moment Pederson gets the job, but that as a practical matter already are.

The source suggests that the league wants the issue to be ignored because it makes the NFL seem toothless and incompetent on these matters, emboldening other teams to do the same thing in the future. But even if nothing is done, the rubber band has now been stretched far enough by one team to invite other teams to do the same thing in the future.

40 responses to “League has no comment on Eagles’ handling of Doug Pederson hire

  1. Aren’t teams allowed to deny their coaches interviews with opposing organizations? If the Chiefs were fine with it who cares. KC wasn’t winning that game no matter how focused Pederson (who wasn’t even calling plays) was. Give me a break unnamed source… The Eagles hired the most vanilla candidate available. Opposing teams should be happy.

  2. Do peoe reay think Dan Quinn wasn’t one of the first coaches ‘hired’ last season?
    Of course the Falcons told him he was their man and he told them they were his teaming before the Seahawks lost the SB.

  3. A source from another team says it created a distraction for the Chiefs? That’s called guessing. If you’re on another team, worry about your own team. You don’t know if it caused a distraction for the Chiefs or not.

    Besides, there’s zero evidence that the Eagles violated it. They said their search concluded. The media reported that the coach was going to be Pederson. Media reports are not evidence.

  4. Why don’t they just delay the hiring period for coaches and general managers until after the Super Bowl. It doesn’t make sense to allow coaches to be hired when only some candidates are able to be interviewed.

  5. It’s got to be a sad life being a Philadelphia Pigeons fan. Zero. Point. Zero. Super Bowl Trophies. In a division full of teams with large trophy cases. First round draft pick is in jeopardy for obviously violating the rule– as it should be. It goes from bad to worse for the biggest losers this side of the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions.

  6. Non issue.

    I guarantee you that these type of hand shake deals are commonplace but just don’t get leaked.

    Besides, what’s the distraction? Pederson gets to focus on his job without having a bunch of interviews hanging over his head.

    Kirby Smart just helped lead Alabama to the national championship over a month after being ANNOUNCED as the new coach at Georgia.

    Much ado about nothing.

  7. I guarantee the party making waves is Mara and the Giants. He exists solely to find lame and questionable rules to penalize his NFCEast competition.

  8. So, this is how it works. If the Patriots are accused of breaking the most obscure of rules with nothing more than the tiniest shred of circumstantial evidence, it is proof that they are cheaters and they need to be fined a first round draft pick and millions of dollars. If any other team does it, it’s a no harm/no foul violation of an antiquated and silly rule that shouldn’t be inn place anyway.

    Are we clear?

  9. bubbahotepp says:
    Jan 18, 2016 11:57 PM
    To say nothing of the Rooney Rule.
    ——————————————

    Duce Staley was their first interview. Rooney Rule satisfied.

  10. As a chiefs fan, it sucks when one of the main coaches on your team knows he is on his way out when you are about to play a round 2 playoff game. In this situation, the eagles, andy reid and doug pederson are all old buddies and that is prolly why it happened the way it did. But is does suck. I can;t imagine the chiefs players knowing pederson was gone, didn;t have some sort of effect on them before the playoff game.

  11. Simple rule is needed – no teams may take any action in regard to filling vacancies etc until 3 days after the Superbowl. Any team found viloating this rule forfeits their next 5 No. 1 picks, any individual found vilolating it is banned from the NFL for 5 years.

    The focus at this time of the year should be on the play-offs and nothing else.

  12. bbwasright
    Jan 18, 2016, 11:42 PM EST
    So, this is how it works. If the Patriots are accused of breaking the most obscure of rules with nothing more than the tiniest shred of circumstantial evidence, it is proof that they are cheaters and they need to be fined a first round draft pick and millions of dollars. If any other team does it, it’s a no harm/no foul violation of an antiquated and silly rule that shouldn’t be inn place anyway.
    ———-
    Yeah, that’s all the patriots did. See, they were completely innocent and just had a technical violation. It’s not like they had a dedicated staff member reviewing signals or that they dressed up as NFL videopeople to do it. It’s not like there was a sophisticated scheme to deflate the balls. What planet do you live on?

  13. If you read the rule, it’s entirely possible Eagles technically honored it, even if they violated its spirit. They probably told him the rule and said they were stopping the search. Sunday was contract day, and yesterday it was announced. Very possible there is no violation at all.

  14. bubbahotepp says:
    Jan 18, 2016 11:57 PM

    To say nothing of the Rooney Rule.

    ———————-

    The first guy they interviewed was Duce Staley.

  15. So the league wants the team to ignore tampering. Got it.

    Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League

    Goodell is vile

    Goodell must go

  16. Same thing with Dan Quinn. Everyone knew he was hired, he just had to wait. If they dont want this to happen then just have no interviews until the seasons over.

  17. If the Eagles had been poaching from one of the league’s darlings it would have been a full blown investigation.
    Since it was just the Chiefs, the league will look the other way.

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