Six head-coaching vacancies were scattered across the NFL in January, and five were filled in short order. Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is expected to take over in San Francisco after the Super Bowl. Of the five already hired, four came from teams that failed to make the playoffs. As it stands now, teams needing better coaches are often left with inferior choices.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was considered a top candidate, but all signs point toward him returning to New England. Same goes for defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who with McDaniels has been more focused on winning a Super Bowl than getting a new job.
The NFL should create a designated hiring period for coaches that would begin one week after the Super Bowl. The league has a free-agent signing period, so why not establish an open market and equal competition for coaches? The best explanation is that owners don’t want to start bidding wars, which would drive up coaching salaries.
My theory falls in line with a cardinal rule of journalism: When in doubt, follow the money. It almost always applies to the NFL.