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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 12, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 10:58 pm

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

I am still waiting for both the owners and players to awaken from their slumber and both realize that they already have Very Good deals.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 10:14 pm

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

@skinzfan15 -- The main point I was making about Snyder and Davis was that among current owners, they seem to stand out as being particularly sensitive to players or coaches who assert any degree of authority or preeminence over them.  Hasn't each demonstrated, in his own way, a readiness to react accordingly by benching, trading, or even replacing them when they even sense that to be the case?

It's generally a bad idea, in any case, to make any public statement against one's employer.  We may believe we are entitled to our jobs; but good luck finding employers who believe we're entitled to be paid by them.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 10:05 pm

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

As wrong as the players' director DeMaurice Smith is, I'd rather have my players' support than support my owner. They go out and execute your plans. Redskin players have to feel betrayed by this...

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:41 pm

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

So if I understand the thrust of your post, what you're saying is that its a bad idea for an employee to publicly disagree with his employer.
Not sure this has much to do with Al Davis or Dan Snyder.  I would contend that most employees would hate to be quoted in a petition saying that the person that signs their paycheck is wrong.  It's one thing to come out publicly and disagree with something that has a direct bearing on you, ie....the players protesting.  It's quite another to side against your employer against a group of people that you're not a part of.  I don't really think this has anything to do with the owner being Dan Snyder, if it was me I wouldn't like my name being dragged into an argument that I wasn't a part of.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:51 pm

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

It's called CYA. The only thing Snyder knows about football is to try to buy the most expesive players and lose with them. The Coaches are not going to make any waves with him. He could care less about their future as long as they don't say anything against the owners. The Skins have some very good coaches and players and in time Shanahan will whip them into shape and start winning some games and titles, but they are still under Snyders whip and have to watch their Ps&Qs. Good Luck to them. They are going to need it with the  owner they have. He probably made them declare this decision.

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 6:45 pm

Skins break ranks on NFLCA appeals brief

In case anyone was wondering "who" is in charge.  The Redskins coaches are smart enough to know this.  The sooner the NFLPA comes to this realization, the sooner we will be back to watching our beloved football.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 4:58 pm

Skins break ranks on NFLCA Appeals brief

I'd expect Redskins coaches, even Shanahan, to be very careful not to give Dan Snyder any sense that they might be adversarial toward him.   (And I'd expect much the same from Raiders coaches with regard to Al Davis...)  Anybody who even seems ready to face-off with owners like that is just asking to be replaced.

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