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NFL makes changes to hiring process

This would have affected the Bengals on several occasions.

NFL: DEC 02 Broncos at Bengals Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NFL is making a big change with its Anti-Tampering Policy, which previously allowed teams to prevent assistant coaches from interviewing for coordinator jobs with other teams.

That won’t happen anymore, as the league voted today to approve a resolution that now allows assistant coaches to freely interview for offensive, defensive and special teams coordinator jobs.

An example of this was when the Bengals would not allow then-secondary coach Vance Joseph to interview for the Broncos’ defensive coordinator job in 2015.

Another example of this came in 2019 when the Bengals were blocked from interviewing Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn for the team’s vacant defensive coordinator position.

In addition, team personnel are now allowed to freely interview for assistant general manager positions with other teams.

The league also announced a big change to the Rooney Rule requirements. Teams are now required to interview at least two external minority candidates for head coach vacancies; at least one minority candidate for any of the three coordinator vacancies; and at least one external minority candidate for the senior football operations or general manager position.

You can read more about the new changes here.