Time for concerns? Rams rumored to lose another coach. What can NFL do to fix this?

Los Angeles Rams Offseason Workout, Brett Rypien, Jake Peetz
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Options NFL has to correct this lopsided depletion of Rams coaching staff

I am not advocating an entirely new array of NFL rules and regulations to restrict or hinder the ability of coaches to seek and earn promotions in the NFL via other teams. But the NFL cannot turn a blind eye to the uneven burden placed on some teams that inevitably become the incubator of coaching candidates to be promoted to new roles on other teams.

I propose three different options to balance out the current burden imposed on the LA Rams each offseason. But these scenarios only apply to those coaches who are hired away, and do not apply if a team voluntarily parts ways with a coach. Nor does these options apply if a coach is traded by one team to another. So let's see what the NFL can do:

Option III: Limit a team's number of coaches hired from another team

This is the most radical option, and is therefore the least desirable option. In this scenario, one NFL team cannot hire more than a finite number of coaches directly from another team's coaching staff. While the number of coaches can be negotiated, I believe that a number should fall on or about three coaches from one team that can be lured to join another team.

That will allow sufficient number of hirings and promotions, but will also allow younger members of a team's coaching staff to be considered and promoted in the same system. That may not be an ideal solution, but I believe that it offers a much better option than watching teams like the LA Rams supply 10 coaches to other teams, and seven coaches to the newly formed coaching staff of the Atlanta Falcons.

Option II: Compensate team's past a certain number of coaches lost with awarded comp picks

While the NFL cannot award compensatory draft picks willy-nilly, I do believe that there is fertile enough ground to infuse coaching losses in a single coaching hiring cycle with some equitable form of weighting that allows for a method of awarding comp picks independently of the current Rooney Rule. What I mean by that is to weight coaching losses in the following categories:

Coach title lost

Coach title hired



Head Coach


Positional coach/Coordinator



Assistant positional coach

Positional Coach


Coaching assistant/analyst

Asst Positional Coach


The range of weights allows for years of experience with the team, and any scenario for a lower-ranking coach to fill the role with a new team. To achieve the maximum weight, the NFL could establish longevity tiers.

Once weights are assessed by the NFL, the NFL can assign compensatory picks in the same process as awarded compensatory picks are announced for free agency impacts. No team can receiver more than one coach comp pick, and only the highest tier of teams that suffer the most losses can receive a pick as a result. The round of the awarded coach compensatory pick is defined by the weighted score of coaching losses. The NFL can further limit a compensatory pick ceiling, so that the pick cannot exceed a third-round comp pick.

Option I: Allow teams that lose a high percentage of coaches to follow new head coach schedules for OTAs/Training camp

NFL teams with a new head coach are permitted to begin offseason workout programs on April 1, 2024. Teams that have retained their head coach must wait until April 15 to begin their offseason workout programs. But that binary categorization treats all teams with the same head coach identically, no matter how many coordinators or positional coaches are new.

I believe that is the wrong approach. Teams that lose two or more coordinators but retain the same head coach should be permitted to start their offseason workout programs 10 days earlier than other teams, and four days after teams with new head coaches. In this scenario, that would allow those teams to begin offseason workout programs on April 5, 2024

Teams that lose one coordinator and two or more positional coaches should be permitted to start their offseason workout programs a week sooner, or in this scenario on April 8, 2024.

While this is only a minor concession, it does allow extra time for players to meet and familiarize themselves with new coaches, and new philosophies, strategies, tactics, and roles that come with a new group of coaches.

None of the three options proposed above in a perfect solution, and is not intended to be. It's simply an attempt to convert the current situation that unintentionally and adversely penalizes the LA Rams football team into a more equitable solution for all NFL teams. In the process, it not only does not hinder the avenues of coaching promotions, but could ultimately encourage it.