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Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

Posted on: May 26, 2011 4:36 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 4:56 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

On Wednesday, the NFL Coaches Association filed an amicus brief in support of the players' request to lift the lockout.

On Thursday, the Washington Redskins' coaching staff issued an interesting statement in which they renounce said brief.

"We stand united with our ownership and the brief does not reflect our thoughts on the matter," the letter reads, per Albert Breer of the NFL Network. "We, like everybody else, are hopeful we can return to playing football. ... Our former representative, Kirk Olivadotti, is no longer with the organization & no member of our ... staff was consulted."

According to Breer, 17 members of the Redskins staff signed the letter, though it did not include the signature of head coach Mike Shanahan, who is apparently considered part of "management."

The basic takeaway from the letter appears to be that the Redskins staff was none too pleased about the NFLCA filing their brief without checking first with the organization's coaches.

But then again, no coaches specifically attached their name to the NFLCA's brief, so perhaps this is just the first of many letters to leak in the media courtesy of coaching staffs.

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Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 5:42 pm
 

good decision

the nfl owners pay all the bills---good decision by the coaches to suck up to them.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:35 am
 

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

Unwittingly, what players, owners and now coaches may discover through their labor stalemate, is they all have contributed principally to their own demise. 


The interruption in the annual cycle of preparations for the NFL season by owners and players has given their forgotten partner, the fans - from whom their life's blood flows (a.k.a. cash), an opportunity to assess their own financial situation. Instead of acting like lemmings on an annual migratory trek to NFL stadiums, Joe Fan may come to the realization that the entertainment value of the NFL experience has reached the breaking point as the players and owners decide on how to divide the nine billion dollar pie.


What these two spoiled brats have forgotten (let's not forget the Super Bowl seating debacle) is it is the fans that pay for the ingredients that make the pie. So instead of the arguing over who gets the biggest piece, maybe it's time just to take the pie away?

 



Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:26 am
 

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

Obviously just another example of how a certain union is no longer interested in representing their members' interests, only the interests of the union itself.  Everyone can see that this situation is not helping the sport and all of those who are involved, fans included. 

At the end of the day, the fans are what are most important.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:04 am
 

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

Careful, brenden.  The article says Shanahan did not sign the letter signed by his assistant coaches.  And as the article also says, we don't know that the Redskins staff will be the only one to issue such a public statement.

I think one of the earlier posters was probably right when he said that this was probably a matter of covering your you-know-what--a kind of plausible deniability for everyone involved.  An assistant coach can say to his owner, "Hey, I had nothing to do with that nasty amicus brief that that nasty ol' coaches association of mine filed," while behind the scenes he can tell the association, "Go get 'em, guys--and here are my dues to help pay for it."  And don't expect the coaches association to tell you which coaches actually support the brief filing and which don't.




Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 9:41 am
 

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

shannahan's a douche



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 9:29 am
 

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

So the team with the biggest player disconnect with the coaches now has one of the only coaching staffs sididng with the owners and not the players?!  Shanahan has lost it.  While it may be the owner that ultimately says you're fired, its the players that get you fired.  The whole lockout is a mess and now Gudell is back to trumpeting an 18 game season.  He just doesn't get it.  No more excessive contact, but we are going to subject you to 2 more games a year. What a fool.  Here's an idea coaches, stay neutral on this even if you do have a side. 



Since: Feb 25, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 9:19 am
 

Rich Players, Rich Owners and Impoverished Fans

This greed will look downright evil 2-3 years hence when the average American suffers the worst finacial crisis in history?



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:02 am
 

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

It's funny how this is playing out exactly as knowledgable people expalined months ago. Yet, fans still react to every little report with, "The sky is falling!!! The sky is falling!!!!.....There will be no season!!!!"

Grow up and pay attention people. Just like it was explained months ago, the courts will decide and they'll decide in early July. There will be no regular season games lost. Maybe 2 preseason games will be cut but the regular season will start on schedule.

Take a deep breath...count to 10...and stop looking like crybaby chicken littles!




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:38 am
 

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

The owners can lift the lockout under the conditions both sides start negotiating. Then if there is a stalemate, they can always reinstate it. That would show good faith on their part. The players would have no leverage in PR then. If they walked away, they'd be the scapegoat. Seems to me neither side really cares that much about anything, but being in the right. The fact is neither is, nor will be. The road to right is fairness and compromise. Neither side seem capable of that. They're steeped in their ideology. That's almost never good.

IMO, it's impossible to root for either side. Neither present their case well, nor show any inclination of caring about their patrons, the fans. They're hurting their product not only in the short term, but possibly in the long term. Knock it off, cut a deal and move forward. Leadership on both sides is missing. Goodell hasn't represented himself well and DeMaurice Smith is a clown. They make Tagliabue and Upshaw look like statesmen.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 6:31 am
 

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

Posted by Will Brinson

On Wednesday, of the players' request to lift the lockout.

On Thursday, the Washington ' coaching staff issued an interesting statement in which they renounce said brief.

"We stand united with our ownership and the brief does not reflect our thoughts on the matter," the letter reads, per Albert Breer of the NFL Network. "We, like everybody else, are hopeful we can return to playing football. ... Our former representative, Kirk Olivadotti, is no longer with the organization & no member of our ... staff was consulted."

According to Breer, 17 members of the Redskins staff signed the letter, though it did not include the signature of head coach Mike Shanahan, who is apparently considered part of "management."

The basic takeaway from the letter appears to be that the Redskins staff was none too pleased about the NFLCA filing their brief without checking first with the organization's coaches.

But then again, no coaches specifically attached their name to the NFLCA's brief, so perhaps this is just the first of many letters to leak in the media courtesy of coaching staffs.



This is getting insane. If both sides don't grow up, they really may not be football and even if their is, the damage they're doing could run pretty deep. Get to the tables and negotiate. Lift the lockout, drop the suit and get it done.


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