Fritz Pollard Alliance Opens Inquiry With NFL Into Colts’ Hiring of Jeff Saturday
The Fritz Pollard Alliance announced that, in conjunction with the NFL, it is investigating the Colts as to whether they successfully followed the proper guidelines before naming Jeff Saturday as interim head coach.
“The FPA initiated an inquiry with NFL to determine if the hiring process was in line with the NFL Hiring Guidelines for naming interim Head Coaches.” It stated in an . statement.
Instead of choosing an in-house candidate, Indianapolis chose to go outside of the organization by hiring Saturday to replace Frank Reich for the rest of the season. Gus Bradley and John Fox were both former head coaches of Indianapolis. Scottie Montgomery, running backs coach and special teams coordinator, is highly regarded in the league.
The Colts’ decision was not well received by many NFL players, as assistant coaches regard potential interim jobs highly.
The rules for hiring an interim coach are different from those for hiring a permanent coach. The Rooney Rule does not apply to this case Fritz Pollard Alliance executive Director Rod Graves told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that the Rooney Rule should also apply to this situation.
As of last year, the Rooney Rule requires any team with a head coach or general manager vacancy to have at least one in-person interview for at least one external minority candidate.
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