head coach hiring

If I Ruled the World: NFL Heading Coach Hiring Schedule

The process for hiring a new NFL head coach when your previous one has failed is a mess.  So, I’ve put some thought behind how I would improve the process.  First off, the idea that candidates have to get permission to interview for promotions is a joke.  The fact that candidates on NFL playoffs teams can only interview in limited windows and can’t be hired until their team is eliminated isn’t fair.  The league is basically rewarding teams that fail with first dibs at supplying candidates.  The playoff teams that probably have the most promising candidates basically get the leftover opportunities.  Here’s what I would look to do.

  • Teams must allow a candidate that a team is interested in to apply and be interviewed for a job.
    • If a team prevents someone from applying and or interviewing, they will have to give the candidate a promotion.
  • Whatever decision a team grants on allowing a candidate to interview or not stands for all interested teams.
    • For example, the Bears can’t say that their offensive coordinator can’t interview for Green Bay Packers’ head coaching job but say yes to identical opportunity with Cleveland Browns.
  • No teams can interview candidates for jobs until after super bowl is over.

Nothing groundbreaking with these 3 simple changes.  At same time, I think if these rules were implemented the better candidates would get opportunities and it would create more even playing feel for candidates and teams.