Hall of Fame changes selection process to enshrine more coaches

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame is changing the way it selects Hall of Famers, and coaches are likely to benefit.

Starting next year and through the Class of 2024, the selection process will always include one coach finalist to go along with one senior and one contributor and the regular 15 finalists. Previously, coaches were lumped in with the other finalists.

That means it is almost certain that four former coaches will get into the Hall of Fame in the next four years. The coaches most likely to be considered are the five who were considered but ultimately voted down for the Class of 2020: Don Coryell, Tom Flores, Mike Holmgren, Dan Reeves and Dick Vermeil.

The number of finalists being considered at the selection committee meeting the day before the Super Bowl will remain at 18, and the maximum number of new Hall of Famers selected will remain at eight.

The Hall of Fame also announced that ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters and Hall of Fame General Manager Bill Polian will be on the selection committee. They will replace two sportswriters who are leaving the committee, Ira Miller and Vito Stellino.

21 responses to “Hall of Fame changes selection process to enshrine more coaches

  1. What do you need to change??? How bout you just vote the appropriate candidates in???? And get coaches voted in like Don Coryall, Tom Flores, and get Marty Schottenheimer in there before his Alzheimer’s makes him a shell of himself.

  2. Cowher in, Holmgren not in, is a travesty. Cowher got in because he’s on TV.

  3. I’d put Coryell in because his offense innovated the game. There’s arguments for against the rest of those guys and if the Hall of Fame is functioning properly you’ll always have darn good candidates who didn’t quite make the cut. But somewhere along the line thinking went from “close isn’t good enough” to “close makes you a Hall of Famer.”

  4. flores first because He is still alive. . Coryell would be first If was still alive. coryell holmgren,vermeil, reeves would be my order.

  5. CLIFF BRANCH!

    3 time Super Bowl winner
    More yards and TDs in playoff games than Lynn Swann or Harold Carmichael
    3 time All Pro (Swann and Carmichael were never first team All Pros)

    Blazing speed. Played the biggest in the biggest games.

    PUT CLIFF BRANCH INTO THE HALL OF FAME

  6. The Hall of Fame is so watered down that you may as well rename it to the Pacific Ocean!

  7. The NFL Hall of Fame is ridiculous in how they determine who gets in. If when a player retires he is in the top in any of the major stats, such as yards, tackles, etc., they belong in the HOF, regardless of how the team(s) they played on performed. But that is not the case for the HOF the last 25 years. It’s mostly name recognition and how the highlight people frame the players performance. Henry Ellard was 3rd all time in receiving yards when he retired in 1998 (2nd among retired players as Jerry Rice was still active). Why is he not in the Hall? London Fletcher belongs in the HOF. He was number 2 in tackles (and combined tackles). Why is he not in?

  8. The NFL Hall of Fame is ridiculous in how they determine who gets in. If when a player retires he is in the top 3 in any of the major stats, such as yards, tackles, etc., they belong in the HOF, regardless of how the team(s) they played on performed. But that is not the case for the HOF the last 25 years. It’s mostly name recognition and how the highlight people frame the players performance. Henry Ellard was 3rd all time in receiving yards when he retired in 1998 (2nd among retired players as Jerry Rice was still active). Why is he not in the Hall? London Fletcher belongs in the HOF. He was number 2 in tackles (and combined tackles). Why is he not in?

  9. Dante Scanecchia, 1st ballot slam dunk

    none better

    Ivan Fears will be next when he retires

  10. They are putting so many people in there it isn’t gonna mean anything by the time they are sculpting Mahomes bust.

  11. Don Coryell should have been voted in years ago, like when he was still alive to accept his Gold Jacket.

  12. Why change the process. Everyone can’t get in that’s the point. You’re watering this down

  13. Contributors/Owners are the ones who benefit at the expense of senior players.

    We will see Kraft get in next year … Ugh

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