On Monday, the Miami Dolphins introduced Dan Campbell as their interim head coach. Regardless of the team's performance in their remaining 12 games, they'll be forced to interview other candidates for the job.
An NFL spokesperson told me today, citing the league's Rooney Rule policy, "once the season is concluded, the head coaching position must be considered open and the club must fill the position in accordance with the interviewing guidelines."
If the Dolphins turned their season around and made the playoffs, most people would figure that team owner Stephen Ross would automatically shed Campbell's interim title. However, the league will not allow that.
"No club may make a commitment to a coach retained during the season that extends beyond the end of the club's playing season," the Rooney Rule policy states.
Since Campbell was already part of the Dolphins staff before being named head coach, no other interviews were necessary. If the team opted to hire an interim head coach from outside the organization, the Rooney Rule would have applied.
Campbell's first game with his new title will be Sunday, Oct. 18 at Tennessee.
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