The National Football League has implemented several changes to increase employment opportunities and advancement for women and minorities, including changing a policy that will now prohibit teams from denying assistant coaches opportunities to interview with other clubs for promotions other than head coach.
Previously, teams could deny permission to any coach under contract to interview for any position with another team other than head coach. There was no distinction between assistant, coordinator, etc. That’s now changing. The new policy prohibits a club from denying an assistant coach the opportunity to interview with a new team for a “bona fide” offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, or special teams coordinator position.
A big reason the old rule was in place the way it was, was so teams couldn’t “fluff” a position or title just to poach someone else’s assistant. To still prevent that from happening, any dispute regarding whether the new team is offering a “bona fide” position can be submitted to commissioner Roger Goodell, who will review the matter and make a final ruling.
Here’s the new criteria for the hiring team, for the interview to be automatically granted, via a press release by the league: