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Proposed Rule Change Would Keep NFL Teams From Hiring Coaches Until After Super Bowl

The Buffalo Bills proposed a significant rule change that would alter the timeline in which NFL teams can hire head coaches.

The proposed change, if voted on and approved, could ban teams from interviewing both front office and coaching positions candidates until after the Super Bowl, NFL insider Albert Breer reports.

“The Bills have submitted a rules change proposal to the NFL that would bar interviews for front-office and coaching positions until after the conference title games, and hirings until after the Super Bowl,” Breer tweeted. “Owners could vote on it this offseason. Would be a BIG change.”

All head coaching hires this season were announced before the Super Bowl, which was on Feb. 7.

  • The Jaguars announced they hired former Ohio State and Florida head coach Urban Meyer on Jan. 14.
  • The New York Jets announced they hired San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh on Jan. 14.
  • The Atlanta Falcons announced they hired Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to be their next head coach on Jan. 16.
  • The Los Angeles Chargers announced they hired Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to be their next head coach on Jan. 17.
  • The Detroit Lions agreed to a six-year deal with Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell to be their next head coach on Jan. 20.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles officially hired Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni as their new head coach on Jan. 24.
  • The Houston Texans officially hired Ravens assistant head coach David Culley as their new head coach on Jan. 27.

The Spun states that Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier were coaching through the playoffs and didn’t get a fair shot at being considered for a head coaching gig.

Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles also didn’t get a chance at a head coaching position after their Super Bowl coaching roles were complete.

Written by Megan Turner

Meg is in her last semester at the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged.

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  1. Feels like this is a terrible rule that will only hurt minority hiring. New rule could mean that qualified coaches cannot move laterally or get promoted to jobs within the NFL AND the college ranks until February, which will be too late for coaches looking to move to college for better jobs. In other words, college teams may be hesitant to probe qualified NFL coaches to join the college teams due to the new rules, since the college hiring and firing season begins in early December. Overall lack of opportunities could just mean less minority coaches get hired and promoted.

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