Rules on NFL coaching interviews

Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Here's some rules for teams possibly looking to replace their head coach going forward.

The future of Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey is still up in the air, and many have asked what the rules are for interviewing and hiring coaches who are currently employed by teams in the playoffs. Typically, teams will have to wait until the bye week or when a team is eliminated from the playoffs, but there is a a set of rules that teams have to go by.

January 6 - Assistant coaches under contract with playoff teams that have byes in "Wild Card" weekend can be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games. Teams must ask for permission to interview.

January 13 - Assistant coaches under contract with playoff teams that won Wild Card games may be
interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.

January 27 - Assistant coaches whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, that has previously
interviewed for another team's head coaching job may have a second interview with the same team no
later than the Sunday prior to the Super Bowl.

As far as I know, the same rules apply for front office positions on playoff teams.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Big Cat Country

You must be a member of Big Cat Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big Cat Country. You should read them.

Join Big Cat Country

You must be a member of Big Cat Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big Cat Country. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker