Mike Mulholland/Getty ImagesLongtime NFL writer Peter King advocated for the changing the procedure for hiring head coaches while the playoffs are ongoing.
In his newest NBC Sports column, King called upon the league to “fix the head-coach interviewing rules” and adopt a “common-sense” approach.
“And again, I simply can’t believe the league allows a system to exist that permits coaches of teams in the playoffs to do interviews in the biggest weeks of their seasons,” he wrote. “As much as it hurts teams in the market for head coaches, the league should outlaw interviews with coaches in the playoffs until their teams are out of the playoffs.”
King cited Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn to illustrate his point. The pair “were lining up virtual interviews to happen between the end of practice Friday and late Saturday” ahead of Detroit’s 31-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC divisional round.
The counterargument is that teams typically want to hire a new head coach as early into the offseason as possible.
Let’s say the Lions advance all the way to the Super Bowl on Feb. 11. If interested suitors were prohibited from interviewing Johnson or Glenn until then, it might be a few weeks or even a month before a team could realistically hire them.
That’s pretty close to when the NFL’s 2024 league year begins on March 13, and the free-agent negotiating window opens two days before that.
If the NFL were to place any sort of moratorium on coaching interviews during the postseason, it might require further alterations to the offseason calendar.
Perhaps that’s why King’s proposal — while sensible — might be difficult to implement.
Source : Bleacher Report