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Assistant coaches eyeing college opportunities

With labor uncertainty looming for the NFL in 2011, this year’s coaching carousel is expected to feature assistant coaches taking a long look at opportunities available at the college level.

Apart from the pension-plan controversy that dominated discussion for much of the 2009 offseason, assistant coaches generally fear that owners will lock out players after the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires.

For a lockout imposed in early 2011, the players lose little because their base salaries aren’t paid until the season starts.  For assistant coaches, however, a lockout means that they face the prospect of not getting paid during the offseason months during which nothing is really happening.

That said, plenty of assistant coaches will be under contract beyond 2009, giving them no choice but to stick around, unless their teams agree to let them leave.

So keep an eye on this dynamic.  It could dilute the quality of NFL staffs for the 2010 season, and possibly beyond.

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3 Responses to “Assistant coaches eyeing college opportunities”
  1. chapnasty says: Dec 22, 2009 8:29 PM

    I hope they use the Rooney Rule 0r else Lord Florio will get angry

  2. SATAN says: Dec 22, 2009 9:01 PM

    If the players are locked out and the coaches aren’t being paid can the coaches go work for someone else and not come back once the lockout is over?

  3. Favre On HGH says: Dec 22, 2009 9:11 PM

    Dungy the racist might actually get his wish after all.

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