In the fall, the NFL explained how it let teams start the interview process with potential practice candidates early, starting in Week 16.
And finally, we have an important update on this:
Source: NFL owners officially passed the resolution on a one-year trial basis allowing head coach interviews in the final two weeks of the regular season. Interview requests can be sent from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 28. Employer clubs can refuse.
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 15, 2021
It’s officially official. NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero talks about a topic of great interest. The league is giving the green light to a rule change that could impact the way the Chicago Bears do business. Because, under the new rule, teams can start interviewing coaching candidates in the last two weeks of the season. And, as you know by now, the Bears have never fired a coach this season. But this new rule could provide enough reason for Chicago to change the way it operates. I mean, if the Bears are considering a manager change, it would make sense to take an opportunity to get a head start. Especially since the only way to do it would be to inform the coach, that he is being fired.
This new rule could ultimately prove to be beneficial. But will the Bears be able to take full advantage of it?
Follow me for a moment.
Even if the Bears sack head coach Matt Nagy to get the ball rolling, the question remains as to who would lead the charge to find his replacement. And answering that question seems important, especially with the Bears seemingly on the brink of organizational change (and possible restructuring).
Remember, GM Ryan Pace is in the final year of his contract. Would the Bears give the green light to a lame GM to start this process? Even if they did, how could they justify or make sense of this happening? Allowing a front office member who may not be in your long-term plans to initiate a coaching search seems counterproductive. President / CEO Ted Phillips would not meddle in decisions about football, which would exclude him. Does that leave President George McCaskey in the lead of this operation? I guess it would make sense for the Bears’ highest ranked person to do this, even if he’s not a “football guy” like a GM or a coach. The more I try to think of options, the more I realize how disastrous this could be for the Bears.
Finally, an opportunity to get ahead of the game presents itself … only so that the Bears are potentially unable to fully capitalize on a situation. Go figure it out. It’s almost like there’s an advantage to being over your P’s and Q’s and having a clear idea of what you want from an organizational standpoint. To be clear, this doesn’t have to be a mess. However, it is the Bears. And if there is one thing that we know, after going through the rigors with this team, it is that it is never easy.