NFL Changes Timeline For HC Interviews

Head coach-needy teams will wait longer to meet with candidates next year. The NFL has pushed back the window for interviews.

Teams cannot meet with HC candidates until after the wild-card round concludes. This only applies to candidates employed by teams, since the change is being made to accommodate assistants preparing for HC interviews and playoff games.

With the exception of the Raiders and Saints, every team that hired a new head coach this year met with candidates ahead of wild-card weekend. The competition committee received feedback the process felt rushed, per’s Jeremy Fowler, though teams have been free to interview coaches ahead of the wild-card round for years.

Six teams being eliminated during wild-card weekend will allow certain assistants the benefit of not having to prepare for interviews and a divisional-round game concurrently. This change will still leave the assistants on the teams still alive by the second round — often the more appealing candidates — in time crunches.

Pushing the hiring period back until after the conference championship round would give another wave of assistants separate windows to prepare for playoff opponents and interviews, though teams eager to assemble their staffs would be against this. Still, this week’s change will allow sought-after assistants to avoid bouncing between interviews and postseason preparation immediately after the regular season ends.

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