The NFL has taken action against the St.Louis Rams, and has voided the contract of interm head coach Jim Haslett that said he would get the full-time coaching job if he won six games this season. The league said that the contract violated the Rooney Rule, in which teams have to at least interview a minority when doing their search for a head coach.
The blow is a big one for Haslett, who has already won two games with his new team, and they have a pretty good shot tomorrow as they take on a banged up Patriots team in Foxboro. Reports say that the Rams are working on a new type of contract for Haslett, and will then send it to the league to see if can get approved.
There is a bit of an issue here, and that is how does the contract of Haslett get voided becuase of the Rooney Rule, and not that of future head coach Jim Mora Jr. in Seattle? The Hawks basically named Mora Jr. their head coach for 2009 after it was announced that Mike Holmgren was stepping down after this season.
If the league punishes the Rams, as they are, why are the Hawks allowed to get away with giving the head coaching job to Mora Jr. without them talking to at least one minority? Bottom line is the league has to get this rule straight, and for now, it hurts the Rams and Haslett, who seems well on his way anyway to being the teams new head coach in 2009.