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.

62 responses to “Eagles could be violating league rules in Pederson hire

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

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

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



  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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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