Will the NFL delay the coaching carousel until the day after the Super Bowl?

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The NFL should delay the spinning of the coaching carousel until after the Super Bowl. Last week, Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that the possibility has been considered and will be considered again.

It may be considered, but if it is that may be the extent of it.

It shouldn’t be. The season doesn’t end until the Super Bowl ends. At that point, the candidates will have a much more complete body of work. Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles (pictured), based on the team’s performance on Sunday night, may have gotten a job. Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich may have gotten at least one interview. (He got zero.)

Patience when it comes to hiring coaches clearly would benefit the individual candidates. It would benefit the teams who are looking for coaches. It would benefit the playoff teams with assistant coaches who are candidates for head-coaching jobs, eliminating the clear conflict of interest that arises when an assistant coach is trying to do his current job while also pursuing his next one.

It also would benefit the league, allowing the news in January to focus on the playoffs and the news in February to focus on the search for coaches.

So will it happen? Consider this tweet from Judy Battista of NFL Media: “One team owner told me it would be unenforceable so maybe never happens.”

That’s code for, “We don’t want to do it.” It’s also code for, “We know teams won’t follow the rules and we’d rather not have to chase them around in an effort to provide further prove to the world that the league has cheaters in it.”

The rule would not be unenforceable. The NFL has the resources to enforce it. And the NFL has the power to issue the kind of discipline that would punish teams for violating the rule and that would deter others from doing so in the future.

Shrugging as unenforceable at a rule that would prevent interviews, offers, and hires until after the Super bowl suggests that the league (as conveyed by the owner who commented to Battista) isn’t inclined to change the procedures. The argument would go like this: It’s always been done this way, there’s no reason to change it, and changing it would lead to unintended consequences.

The response would go like this: Baloney. Delaying the interviews and hires until after the Super Bowl would be better for the teams who are looking for coaches, better for the coaches who are looking for jobs, and better for the teams who are pursuing a championship with assistant coaches who otherwise would not have their attention diluted by preparing for interviews, conducting interviews, and waiting to hear whether the interviews will bear fruit.

31 responses to “Will the NFL delay the coaching carousel until the day after the Super Bowl?

  1. I’ll suggest most teams already know who they’re going to hire before interviews even take place. Interviews are more a formality. So while I don’t have much of an issue with delaying until after the super bowl, I highly doubt it will have an effect.

  2. They certainly should! The fact that teams want to get on right away with the hiring process because it is oh so critical to them is just absurd. Does it really matter if you have to wait a few weeks to get the right person whom you think can change your organization and get it moving in the right direction? If its the right person it shouldn’t matter at all. Another one of those inane items that needs fixing.

  3. I would say any smart owners/GM would wait to interview the proper candidate, that’s on them.

  4. Is this a problem to be solved? Just 2 years ago, 2 coordinators of Super Bowl teams were hired as head coaches (Zac Taylor and Brian Flores). Hopefully no teams are fundamentally changing their hiring process based upon 1 game.

  5. There’s absolutely zero reason to for this. ZERO.

    Brian Flores, hired after SB LIII.
    Zac Taylor, hired after SB LIII.
    Matt Patricia, hired after SB LII.
    Josh McDaniels/Frank Reich hired after SB LII.
    Kyle Shanahan, hired after SB LI.
    Dan Quinn, hired after SB XLIX.

    If a team wants a certain coordinator, they’ll wait just fine.

  6. If the next big thing is coaching in the Super Bowl, suitors will wait.
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    The big factor against this is the supply of position coaches and coordinators. That dries up quickly as well.

  7. Yeah so it can expose EB play calling ability 9 points in the SB and people mad he didn’t get a job I be more mad Bowles and Leftwich who out coached Andy and his play calling operator didn’t get more interviews or a job lol….

  8. It wouldn’t be pointless…guys coaching in the championship games and Super Bowl WOULD have much better opportunities at jobs if that were the rule and all interviews took place after the SB. Not that I feel super bad for these guys…if they truly deserve a head coaching job, I think they’ll eventually get their shot…but I’m sure they’d appreciate having equal shots at jobs, especially when their stock is at its highest.

  9. Did everyone forget that Bowles was a head coach? TB12 made him look below average for 3 years.

  10. Being a head coach is a very different job than being a good coordinator. That said, I’ll be surprised and disappointed if Bowles and Leftwich don’t get HC gigs in the next season or so.

  11. If this is to get EB hired… He called an atrocious game, who do you think would be on the line to sign him after a game like that? Imagine someone hiring him today, that fan base would be rolling their eyes. Reid was clearly not in the game and if ever there was a time for a guy to step up and help it was last night. No one stepped up. The 7 teams that have new coaches are all thrilled they don’t have EB.

  12. Let them all interview as soon as the Regular Season is over even if you’re a playoff team.
    I’m guessing after this past season, most teams for the 1st Round of interviews will go virtual anyways.

  13. I hope no owner is hiring someone based on 1 game. That’s a terrible way to hire coaches. Todd Bowles is a known commodity. He’s a former head coach and a defensive coordinator that did a good job in TB. Surely he would have been allowed (even helped) to find time to interview if people were calling. And they will be.

    Plenty of coaches that go deep in the playoffs find the time. Josh McDaniels interviewed a few times while still preparing for a playoff game.

    A rule would just be circumvented 1000 ways. Or straight up broken. A better suggestion would be to convince the owners that it’s in the best interest of all of them to wait until after the Super Bowl. Then you would have a more meaningful enforcement: peer disapproval/pressure.

  14. Guaranteed this is how it would go down: Within hours (possibly even minutes) of the deadline teams would already be announcing hires, thus proving they’d had things worked out long ahead of time. And as somebody already noted up above, Bienemy probably would have cost himself a job with how the Chiefs looked so this wouldn’t necessarily be a positive for everybody.

  15. Bowles was a head coach just three years ago. I doubt that he has picked up any new head coaching skills in that short a time, and I would think that sensible owners (which, granted, is only so many of them) would agree. Leftwich is incredibly green. He has only been an OC for two years. It would be a leap of faith to entrust an organization to him this early. Give the man a couple years to hone his craft, I say. As for Bieniemy, you might want a few more years worth of distance from those scandals even if you don’t believe, or don’t mind, the allegations.

  16. If you actually want minorities to have a chance yes.

    Teams feel like if they get that 2 week jump, even though you’ve been a dumpster fire for a decade, is actually going to be available so they shrink the hiring pool.

  17. Bowles should get another opportunity. His first opportunity was with the Jets, and it reminds me of Belichick’s first gig with the Browns. Maybe Bowles’ second gig will turn out like Belichick’s, too. It seems like all these retread coaches are the best. Arians. Belichick. Pete Carroll. And Reid. Experience obviously doesn’t hurt. But it has a lot to do with the players, too. George Seifert retired from the 49ers with two super bowl trophies and the highest winning percentage all time. A few years later he went 1-15 with a very bad Carolina team. I don’t think he forgot how to coach. Then there was Mike Ditka and those awesome ’85 Bears. He was “Iron Mike”. Then he went to New Orleans and was just dumb Ditka. It’s 95% the players.

  18. themaskettaman says:
    February 8, 2021 at 7:10 pm
    Bowles was a head coach just three years ago. I doubt that he has picked up any new head coaching skills in that short a time, and I would think that sensible owners (which, granted, is only so many of them) would agree. Leftwich is incredibly green. He has only been an OC for two years. It would be a leap of faith to entrust an organization to him this early. Give the man a couple years to hone his craft, I say. As for Bieniemy, you might want a few more years worth of distance from those scandals even if you don’t believe, or don’t mind, the allegations.
    ****************************
    Three years is not a short time. Look how much Bruce Arians learned in just one year. He didn’t even make the playoffs last year. He must have really honed his coaching skills in the off-season.

  19. Either you have it or you don’t. If a coach doesn’t have it, it doesn’t matter which part of the calendar he’s hired, if he isn’t the guy he will get exposed whether he got hired on Black Monday or Super Bowl Monday.

  20. Not to mention it does a diservice to to the teams fighting to win a Super Bowl. Not the time for a distraction. There is no way Todd Bowles shouldn’t be coaching one of the teams that had an opening … Texans, Lions, Falcons, Eagles…. did anyone even interview the guy ?

  21. There is literally zero downside to this, and plenty of potential upside. It’s a no-brainer.

  22. I get what Florio is saying but it’s useless. If teams wanted Bowles or Leftwhich they would have interviewed them. And if they were really interested waited for them. Teams in the past have waited and hired candidates from Super Bowl teams. Why change the process now.

  23. This is something i can get behind….there is so much wrong with picking coaches early.

    I also wonder if the Owners are worried such a rule will result in a bidding war and their pockets will be the victim.

    Everything else points to this as the singular most important change thar needs to be made.

    It also seems that recently more Black assistants are featuring prominently in the Playoffs….so this may help with the issue of minority hiring.

  24. 12brichandfamous says: “If the next big thing is coaching in the Super Bowl, suitors will wait.
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    The big factor against this is the supply of position coaches and coordinators. That dries up quickly as well”
    ———————–

    Absolutely not true.

    Potential head coaches knows exactly who their staff is going to be. It’s a big component of the HC interview process – Pederson was hired by the Eagles in part because of the strong staff he wanted to assemble (Schwartz, Reich, DeFilippo, etc.)

    Or look at the McDaniels/Colts in 2016. Colts already hired McDaniels’ guys (Matt Eberflus, Dave DeGuglielmo, etc) before McDaniels finished the Super Bowl.

  25. “The rule would not be unenforceable. The NFL has the resources to enforce it. And the NFL has the power to issue the kind of discipline that would punish teams for violating the rule and that would deter others from doing so in the future.”
    ====================================

    The NFL can’t even enforce the start of the free agency window, let alone hiring of coaches

  26. Let’s take a little closer look at this list
    _____________________________________________________________
    chefboyd says:
    There’s absolutely zero reason to for this. ZERO.

    Brian Flores, hired after SB LIII.
    Zac Taylor, hired after SB LIII.
    Matt Patricia, hired after SB LII.
    Josh McDaniels/Frank Reich hired after SB LII.
    Kyle Shanahan, hired after SB LI.
    Dan Quinn, hired after SB XLIX.

    If a team wants a certain coordinator, they’ll wait just fine.
    ______________________________________________________________

    Dan Quinn, hired after SB XLIX. – Lost SB XLIX
    Kyle Shanahan, hired after SB LI. Lost SB LI
    Josh McDaniels, hired after – Lost SB LII
    Matt Patricia, hired after SB LII. Lost SB LII
    Frank Reich hired after SB LII. Won SB LII
    Zac Taylor, hired after SB LIII. Lost SB LIII
    Brian Flores, hired after SB LIII. Won SB LIII
    ______________________________________________________________

    This rule should definitely be put in place. Make it so that you can’t even talk to coaches until after the Super Bowl.

    An offensive/defensive coordinator in the playoffs who’s thinking about interviews, getting a massive pay raise, moving, family, preparing for playoffs and so much more can’t fully concentrate and plan for the game at hand. Check the record.

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