Last month, it was reported that Josh McDaniels had verbally agreed to become the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts after he conducted a second interview with owner Jim Irsay and general manger Chris Ballard.
The Colts had began putting together McDaniels’ coaching staff as they waited for the Patriots 2017-18 season to end before making the hire official.
Well immediately following the Patriots Super Bowl loss, the Colts announced they hired McDaniels, only to have McDaniels spurn them and return as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, forcing Indy to re-open their search that ended with Frank Reich getting the job.
Well, now the NFL is taking a measure to avoid these type of mix-ups. According to NFL Network’s Judy Battista the league is expected to change the rule and allow teams to hire coaches to be hired regardless if their team is finished playing or not:
Another thing: league is expected to change the rule to allow teams to hire coaches, even while their teams are still active in the playoffs. That proposal has come up before and has failed, but is expected to have greater support after the Josh McDaniels situation with Colts.
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) February 27, 2018
Battista did note that there has been such proposals that have been made in the past without getting support for a change, but after the McDaniels-fiasco, maybe more support for this will gain traction?