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Clarity on interviews for playoff coaches
Eight teams are still vying for a Super Bowl ring, and the Bears are interested in at least four of them.
General manager Phil Emery interviewed Green Bay’s Tom Clements, Atlanta’s Keith Armstrong and Denver’s Mike McCoy, and he’s scheduled to visit with Houston’s Rick Dennison and Seattle’s Darrell Bevell by Saturday.
So what happens if the respective clubs of those coaches advance to the conference title games?
The league policy makes clear that no initial interviews can even be requested after the Divisional Playoff weekend.
But here’s a key: “In any year in which there is at least a two-week break between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, an assistant coach who (i) has previously interviewed for another club’s head coaching job and (ii) whose current employer-club is participating in the Super Bowl may have a second interview with a club with which he has previously interviewed for an open head coach position provided that (i) the current employer-club elects to grant permission for a second interview, and (ii) the interview will take place at a time and location that is acceptable for the current employer-club, but no later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.”
So, in essence, the Bears could speak assistants on clubs that lose this weekend. But if there’s an assistant they want to speak to again whose club advances, then they must get permission and conduct the second interview the Sunday before the Super Bowl, which is Jan. 27.
Don’t see the Bears waiting that long.