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Contact with players could be fireable offense

Posted on: March 14, 2011 12:03 am
Posted by Andy Benoit

With the NFL officially locked out, all coaches and team employees are forbidden from having any contact with players. This is obviously problematic for teams with new coaching staffs or young quarterbacks (or, in some cases, both). And it throws a wrench in offseason rehab for injured players.

Some outsider observers have suggested that the no contact policy will be skirted around, much like how teams skirt around tampering rules in the days leading up to free agency. After all, how can the league monitor who team employees call, email, text or bump into on the street? Impossible – or, at least, impossible to do thoroughly.

Thus, the NFL could instead make the punishment for this soft form of treason significantly harsh. If enforcing the law is undoable, make the deterrent for breaking the law unbearable.

Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer says, “One agent who represents a Panthers coach said they were told that contact was reason for firing with cause.”

Lower level employees are the ones who need to be on their toes. Head coaches or general managers might get scolded behind the scenes if caught communicating with players, but you’re not going to see a powerful leader get canned for such an offense.

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Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:26 am

Contact with players could be fireable offense

How ridiulously childish is this?

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 8:09 am

Contact with players could be fireable offense

Inasmuch as the league is now every bit as vulnerable to anti-trust arguments from its individual teams and non-NFLPA employees as it is from the players, enforcement may well depend on the willingness of individual owners to back it up. Here's hoping that Al Davis pokes his finger into another Commissioner's eye. 
The league's bully boy lawyers will doubtless keep the peons in line, which should keep all of those suicidal Southerners yearning for the days of cotton happy. 

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