NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was available to speak on several topics surrounding the league today. One of the topics members of the media wanted him to address was what he thought of the new coach hiring process. Well, he made it clear what he thought about it and what the future holds with it.
Roger Goodell Approves of New Process
In an interview earlier today, Goodell commented on what he thought of the new coach hiring process. He expressed his approval of the system and mentioned it is here to stay. Here was his quote:
“I think the delay by one week gave teams a chance to (really thoroughly search). It gave people time.” -Roger Goodell
Breaking Down the New Coach Hiring Process
The goal of the new coach hiring process was to give more time for teams to go through the interview process. It allowed candidates on playoff teams to still focus on their upcoming games. Plus, it gave teams a better opportunity to make an informed decision.
So, how did this process work? Eliminated teams were able to conduct virtual interviews two days after the end of the regular season. Then, after the divisional round concluded, teams were allowed to conduct in-person interviews.
An important note is that this only applies to head coaches and similar positions. It does not apply to general managers or other members of the front office. There were also fewer limits for interviewing candidates who were not currently employed by an NFL team.
NFL Moving Forward
As mentioned above, Goodell noted that the NFL is likely going to continue with this hiring process format. It should allow less interference when it comes to teams attempting to lure members of the coaching staff from playoff teams. If anything, the current process has minimized that compared to years past.