Report: NFL expected to allow coaching hires before teams are done in playoffs

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The NFL frequently has one or more teams waiting to officially hire their new head coach until their choice’s current employer are done with a playoff run and that usually results in a lot of winking and nodding until the contract can be finalized.

This month brought a different outcome for the Colts and Josh McDaniels. The Colts announced that McDaniels would be their new head coach, but McDaniels opted to remain the Patriots’ offensive coordinator and Indianapolis reopened a search that ended with Frank Reich getting the job.

That kind of scramble may not be necessary in the future. Judy Battista of NFL Media reports that the league is expected to change the rule barring coaches from being hired until their current teams have finished playing.

Battista notes that such proposals have been made in the past without getting enough support for a change, but that the McDaniels situation has generated greater support for this attempt to alter the rule.

40 responses to “Report: NFL expected to allow coaching hires before teams are done in playoffs

  1. It never feels right to watch a playoff game or Super Bowl knowing that some of the main coaches already have one foot (and half a mind) out the door.

    I’d rather see all hiring delayed until after the Super Bowl.

  2. How about everyone waits until after the SB….when the season is actually over?

    Why would this be any different than allowing the signing of free agents before the season is over?

  3. Exactly the opposite of what should be dine. There should not be any new coaching hires allowed until the season is over so that we don’t have coordinators half-assing their current job in the playoffs since they have nothing to prove and already have their job secured. We all watched Shurmur do it once the giants hired him. He’s not the first by far.

  4. Exactly the opposite of what should be done. There should not be any new coaching hires allowed until the season is over so that we don’t have coordinators half-assing their current job in the playoffs since they have nothing to prove and already have their job secured. We all watched Shurmur do it once the giants hired him. He’s not the first.

  5. Should go the other way. No interviews or hires until the entire season is over. This thing where we have coaches and coordinators interviewing with other franchises while their team is preparing for playoff games is a joke. Just like in college where coaches are hired away from programs before bowl games, leaving their team to play their biggest game of the year with some interim coach because the guy who recruited those players bolted the second it financially suited him for another job before he was even done doing the first one he was hired to do.

    It’s a joke. Finish the season, fulfill your duties, THEN everyone can start sorting out their next jobs.

    Pro players can’t negotiate contracts with other teams until their first one is up. College players can’t transfer without being forced to sit out an entire year. Why should it be so different for coaches? The guys who are supposedly there to teach things like “commitment” and “integrity” and “doing your job” don’t have to practice what they preach?

  6. Totally agree with hopper15….it’s a dumb rule and it needs to go. Hope they actually change it. But the Colts dodged a bullet so if it prevents McDirty from ever coaching at an HC level, I am good.

  7. Yea, because that would be real smart. I’m sure a player who knows his coach isn’t going to be there next year is going to “leave it all on the field” for someone he knows won’t be around. What they should do is make it legal, but not public knowledge by either party. They keep saying the NFL is a business. Well start running it like one and stop taking the fans for granted.

  8. “nhpats says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:26 pm
    How about everyone waits until after the SB….when the season is actually over?

    Why would this be any different than allowing the signing of free agents before the season is over?”

    Because players contracts etc are tied to the NFLPA and CBA bargaining rules. Coaches contracts are not. It’s apples and oranges. Right now there are wink/nod agreements that allow for weasels like McDaniels to agree and back out. This rule would lessen the chance of that happening in the future.

  9. If there is a stupid idea, chances are the NFL will think about implementing it.

    How about they just wait until after the Superbowl? No conflicts of interest would be caused, no concerns about coaches preparing and going to interviews when they could be focusing on playoff games. This isn’t some sort of genius idea.

  10. commentawaitingdeletion – your acting like it doesn’t already happen now. You realize even Mcdaniels was putting a staff together for Indy during the pats run even though he didn’t end up accepting the job? The ONLY thing this changes is a coach once he agrees will be able to sign a contract to make it official.

  11. So now a playoff team can’t focus on the playoffs, they have to compete with teams that are looking for coaches instead of preparing for what should be the most important games of the year. They should have done the opposite and kept teams from interviewing personnel from active contenders.

  12. Wait until the super bowl is over, isn’t good enough. It should be wait for 3 weeks after the super bowl…but like with anything the NFL does now a days…wink..wink… I want to hire you so hold off till I can.. type tampering will take place….

    They all bend to almost break the system as it is now…..

  13. This is just stupid, No coaches should be talked to until after they are out of the playoffs. It has to be a distraction. Some say it’s not fair to the coaches still in the playoffs, shut up and coach. A better solution would be No coach can be approached until the day after the Superbowl.

  14. jman967 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    “nhpats says:
    February 27, 2018 at 2:26 pm
    How about everyone waits until after the SB….when the season is actually over?
    Why would this be any different than allowing the signing of free agents before the season is over?”
    Because players contracts etc are tied to the NFLPA and CBA bargaining rules. Coaches contracts are not. It’s apples and oranges. Right now there are wink/nod agreements that allow for weasels like McDaniels to agree and back out. This rule would lessen the chance of that happening in the future.

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    How would allowing teams to hire playoff coaches without waiting prevent dumb teams from announcing people as coaches who never signed a contract to be their coach? The rule doesn’t make the Colts front office smarter. Just means the Colts would have been embarrassed because he would have backed out in early January instead of early February.

  15. Yeah, the rule ought to be that a team must hire a coach to fill a vacancy prior to the end of the regular season, pr they must wait until after the Super Bowl to conduct any interviews and do any hiring. The time between the end of the regular season and the Super Bowl should be off limits for poaching coaches.

  16. thetooloftools says: “I’m sure a player who knows his coach isn’t going to be there next year is going to “leave it all on the field” for someone he knows won’t be around.”
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    ????????!! Are you seriously suggested a player won’t try hard in a playoff or SUPER BOWL game because their coach is leaving at the end?? In what universe are you living that you think players are putting their health and bodies on the line for a coach and not doing it because: a) love of the game; b) lucrative contracts c) it’s the damn championship???

  17. “In the real world that is taking a new job and giving a two week notice to your present employer.”
    ____________________

    These guys don’t work in the real world. A player under contract can’t just “give 2 weeks notice” and go start negotiating with other teams whenever he wants. There is a lot of things in the “real world” that don’t fly in sports, and a lot of things in sports that don’t fly in the “real world”.

    And actually, in the real world for a lot of higher profile positions, there are things like non-disclosure agreements, non-competition clauses etc that stipulate someone working for X company can’t work for direct competitors for X amount of years after leaving a position for fear of corporate moles and inside secrets being sold to rival companies by ex-employees, etc. So your “real world” point probably isn’t quite as relevant as you’d assume. Every job in the world doesn’t allow everyone to just come and go as they please.

  18. I think they went the wrong way on this. IMO no team should be able to hire or even interview coaching replacements until after the season. It’s a distraction to the coaches and staff still playing.

  19. As has already been noted, coaching or GM interviews should begin after the SuperBowl, but the owners will never go for it. The bad teams with vacancies want immediate gratification by hiring new people as soon as possible.

    It’s kind of stupid too. What happens when you hire a coordinator to be your new HC and that guy lays an egg in the current SuperBowl? Still enthusiastic? We have seen some recent examples of that.

  20. More proof that the league is completely tone deaf. Why would a rule intentionally disadvantage teams that are still playing out the season? Coaching staffs should just be frozen from start of playoffs until the super bowl is over. It’s only one month.

  21. Why wait until the end of the season? Some teams are done in November.

    This really only consistently hurts the Patriots, so Goodell will probably implement it.

    Obviously, this should wait until after the superbowl. Otherwise, you get a crappier superbowl, and no one wants that.

  22. I think teams should be able to talk to coaches and players throughtout the whole season.

    in fact, it would add a great deal of drama and excitement to the game if teams could recruit in the middle of a game.

    Think of it!

    i’m a freakin’ geeenius!

  23. There should be no coaching changes, hirings pr signings, until the SuperBowl is done. As an example: McDaniels had the Patriots score almost at will against the vaunted Eagle defense; Patricia (was the non-use of Butler a BB decision, or the decision of Matt Patricia)couldn’t stop the Eagles offense and a back-up QB. McDaniels decided to say with the Pats; Patricia already was hired, packed, and a jet ready to whisk him off to another team.

  24. ….and I’ll never forget the year the Pats got to the Superbowl with Parcells who had already decided to leave NE for the Jets

    oh..and they lost that game against the Packers

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