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Are NFL coaches communicating with players?

Posted on: July 4, 2011 11:37 am
Edited on: July 4, 2011 11:48 am
MorrisPosted by Josh Katzowitz

While the NFL coaching staffs and team officials are prohibited from communicating with players during the lockout, it seems rather improbable to believe that there is no absolutely no contact between the two sides while their negotiators try to work out a new CBA.

You’ll recall that Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris let slip that he talks to players “all the time” (to read the partial transcript from that radio interview last month, click this link), and there have been whispers that coordinators and assistants are talking to players under the cover of darkness (not at Woodward and Bernstein levels or anything; just a little more covertly than normal).

So, it’s interesting that Len Pasquarelli of and Sports Xchange reports that an AFC assistant coach told him the idea of mail fraud has been discussed in an attempt to communicate with players.

Writes Pasquarelli: “An AFC assistant told The Sports Xchange this week he was party to a conversation just after the draft in which it was suggested that the team distribute playbooks, but with the postdate on the office mail machine manipulated to reflect a date during which the lockout was lifted for four days in late April, when it was legal, albeit temporarily, to talk to players.”

That’s … well, that’s kind of unbelievable (but props for thinking outside the box). So, did the team actually go through with it?

Said the assistant to Pasquarelli: "I don't know and I don't want to know. But I wasn't born yesterday, either. I know there's some stuff going on around the league, because (coaching) friends tell me about it."

The NFL claims to have investigated a few of the rumors, and the league, not surprisingly, has not found any violators.

But if we want to get really conspiracy-theory crazy, perhaps the NFL doesn’t mind that the teams could be surreptitiously breaking league-lockout rules. After all, the NFL doesn’t want to end the lockout and then have the players not perform well.

So, maybe if the league looks the other way while the coaching staffs aren’t so obviously communicating with players, the play will be a little stronger once practices and games begin. Knowing this, the NFL would rather hide its head in the sand, in the name of quality play, than actually punish teams during the lockout.

That’s probably not exactly the case, but what could be more American on July 4 than a nice conspiracy theory?

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:14 pm

Are NFL coaches communicating with players?

WHO CARES!!! Of course they have playbooks.  write a real story. 

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:29 pm

Are NFL coaches communicating with players?

Most of the rules of the league are provide the benefit of helping maintain parity, but don't reduce the level of play on the field. It makes a lot of sense to have regulations of this kind at the high school and collegiate level to keep priorities straight and keep clear the boundary between amateur and professional. Limiting access to playbooks in professional football doesn't seem quite as logical to me. The facilities, the gym and the actual coaches might help provide a competitive advantage since by interacting with them a team is essentially adding practices. Reading and studying your team's philosophy and terminology isn't something we normally limit since the need to do so varies so greatly from player to player. Especially for the rookies, this is potentially pretty damaging. It wouldn't bother me if teams were figuring out ways to keep their players, especially the least experienced ones, in the loop and learning.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:00 pm

Are NFL coaches communicating with players?

NO FOOTBALL LOSER (NFL)! Of course, coaches are sending playbooks, videos, to the players.  This part of the process of the process for all the NFL'ers out there.  Owners, player, and most importantly FANS are ALL losers!

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:56 pm

Are NFL coaches communicating with players?

Why would any assistant go to the press and say this?  That is what is unbelievable to me.

I know I can't go around blabbing anything about the work I do. 

Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:08 am

Are NFL coaches communicating with players?

Unless the owners are talking to the players through the coaches I dont see sending the play book a problem. If there were small notes in there taking a survey about the lock out or asking their overall opinion or telling them if they want a job dont agree with what the non cba  cba is saying then I could understand. We have all seen sound FX. Romo cant even remember what play was just said to him. Hes an idiot, but I bet its still hard and I'm not looking for a season of you go this way you go that way play calling in the huddle and hope for the best. Football is alot like chess. You need to shift lineman change coverage auidble and that all before the snap on D. And D is easy if the right play is called. If there isnt a practice elaberate playbook for Offence your going to see some low scoring Defense dominated football.

Since: Aug 23, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 2:42 am

Are NFL coaches communicating with players?

I'm tired of reading pointless stories.  Just get a deal done so we can get some real football news.  Who cares if the players are getting playbooks.  Just get them on the field so we can get a full season in.  Hopefully today will be a good day and maybe a deal will get done, or progress will be made.  If a deal doesn't get done soon, games will be lost and Freeman will somehow say that he knew all along that a deal wouldn't get done.  If a deal is done he will say he knew that too.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 11:43 pm

Are NFL coaches communicating with players?

No we don't want to go all conspiracy theory crazy. That's called a gossip column, loose change, Michael Moore, or the Steeler board. We want someone that writes a story and can back it up with fact. With people's names. News. But don't sweat it, we already know you aren't that guy.

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