New interview procedure could spark a late-season rash of coach firings

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Through 13 weeks, no NFL head coach has been fired due to poor performance. That could change soon, with other teams joining the Raiders in the market for new coaches.

As teams fall out of contention, teams may implement plans to terminate their coaches. Especially since the owners decided in October to allow coaching interviews to begin as of Week 17 of the regular season.

Permission must be given the the current employer of the candidate to interview for such vacancies. The interviews can happen virtually.

Here’s the key. The interviews can be conducted only if the team’s coach has been fired or informed that he won’t be back after the season.

It raises the stakes for teams thinking about firing coaches. Waiting until the season ends puts the team at a disadvantage, since other teams will have started the process. It could potentially become a game of dominoes, with one team going first and others following in order to get a chance to interview a hot candidate before someone else falls in love with him, and vice versa. (The Raiders already are the first domino, thanks to the departure of Jon Gruden.)

Currently, only four teams are truly out of it: Lions, Jaguars, Texans, and Jets. Each of those teams has a first-year coach. Some still believe Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer could be brought down by the Ohio misadventures from earlier this year. Texans coach David Culley also could be in danger, grave or otherwise.

As more teams exit the playoff chase, mathematically or practically, the list of hot seat candidates will grow. Teams to watch most closely in the coming weeks include the Bears, Vikings, Panthers, Broncos, and Seahawks. It’s also worth keeping an eye on the Cowboys; if they fall apart, the seemingly inevitable ascension of Kellen Moore could come sooner than expected.

21 responses to “New interview procedure could spark a late-season rash of coach firings

  1. The Raiders / Mr. Davis should be lining up interviews yesterday but again the Raiders do stuff differently and obviously it set us back 20 years of LOSING. This next coach and GM better choose the right players and coaching staff or the new vegas honeymoon will be over in a short time. Raider Nation is tired of this comedy and losing attitude..Mr. Davis sell the team or bring us a WINNER!!!

  2. If the Cowboys were to fire Mike McCarthy — it would not surprise me at all for him to end up in either Chicago or Minnesota.

  3. They should have made it that interviews can’t start until after the Super Bowl. Seems like that would be more fair to all the potential coaching candidates.

  4. Watch the Raiders hire Eric Bienemy. Then next year, when the Raiders are 3-0, his posts/emails/record and past will catch up with him.

  5. I am tired of everyone keeping an eye on the Cowboys. Let’s keep an eye on the Cowboys once they finally win something this century.

  6. Belichick can easily get the band back to together. Brian Daboll, Joe Judge. Less so for Brian flores and Nick Caserio.

  7. There should be a don’t be surprised category with the Rams, Buffalo, Niners, Carolina, Miami, KC and Tampa retirees, Cleveland…basically any team except for New England.

  8. Steelers have needed a HC firing for years now. They need a great coach. Not a great quote machine.

  9. If Minnesota ends up looking to replace Zimmer, then I expect either Eric Bienemy or Doug Peterson to be the next coach.

  10. If the Cowboys were to fire Mike McCarthy — it would not surprise me at all for him to end up in either Chicago or Minnesota.
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    Please.. please! please?

  11. jimmygeewhiz says:
    December 8, 2021 at 1:52 pm
    If the Cowboys were to fire Mike McCarthy — it would not surprise me at all for him to end up in either Chicago or Minnesota.
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    Literally nothing that you just said makes any sense. NFL teams recycling coaches hardly ever works out. Ever? The Vikings should definitely fire Zimmer, but replace him with a fresh and new offensive mind.

  12. I love that little tiny part of the interview process … “Permission must be given…” No that shouldn’t be happening. If you want to interview someone interview them. This shouldn’t be a thing that a coach has to ask for permission to have a shot at a better job.

  13. raidermantony1964 says:
    December 8, 2021 at 1:25 pm
    The Raiders / Mr. Davis should be lining up interviews yesterday but again the Raiders do stuff differently and obviously it set us back 20 years of LOSING. This next coach and GM better choose the right players and coaching staff or the new vegas honeymoon will be over in a short time. Raider Nation is tired of this comedy and losing attitude..Mr. Davis sell the team or bring us a WINNER!!!

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    Anyone with the name Davis has set this team back decades.
    The father wasn’t all there and neither is the son. This
    is just a play thing for this family. Like the Cowboys
    winning is just a bonus and realizing that you don’t need
    to actually get the Super Bowl to rake in Millions of dollars
    is the norm. Want change? Stop buying tickets, stop buying
    merch… when enough people do that real changes will happen.

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