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Lockout could make life awkward for some families

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At a time when NFL coaches are being told they can get fired for talking to their players during the lockout, a question arises: Does that apply to Bruce Matthews and Tom Coughlin?

Matthews is the Titans’ offensive line coach. His son, Kevin Matthews, is a Titans offensive lineman. Coughlin is the Giants’ head coach and his son-in-law, Chris Snee, is a Giants offensive lineman. Are they allowed to talk during the lockout?

According to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, the Titans have already addressed what constitutes permissible contact between the two of them. A Titans executive told Kuharsky that the league understands the two can’t avoid contact, but that they aren’t allowed to discuss the labor situation or anything pertaining to the Titans.

Of course, if family members did discuss the labor situation, or go over the playbook, it’s highly unlikely that the league office would find out about it. But those are the rules of the road in the NFL right now, and the rules even apply to fathers and sons.

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25 Responses to “Lockout could make life awkward for some families”
  1. raynman49 says: Mar 13, 2011 7:04 PM

    HAHAHA!

  2. hobartbaker says: Mar 13, 2011 7:11 PM

    Sounds like a good opportunity for a player to stick it to a coach he doesn’t like…..”Yeah, Coach X been ringing me up at all hours and coming round the house dropping off playbooks….”.

  3. Jeremy W says: Mar 13, 2011 7:25 PM

    hobartbaker says:Mar 13, 2011 7:11 PM

    Sounds like a good opportunity for a player to stick it to a coach he doesn’t like…..”Yeah, Coach X been ringing me up at all hours and coming round the house dropping off playbooks….”.

    Until the player can’t provide any proof of this happening.

  4. vegasbronco says: Mar 13, 2011 7:31 PM

    This is only the small example why the D.Smith needs to draft a counter proposal instead of just asking for open books. Yeh Smith did say that they offered 50/50 but with no caps. STUPID!

  5. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 13, 2011 7:33 PM

    If you actually believe this lockout will stop communications between blood family members, you’re dumber than I ever imagined..

  6. mikebrownmakesmefrown says: Mar 13, 2011 7:34 PM

    Go Reds!!!!!!!!!

  7. thevikes85 says: Mar 13, 2011 7:35 PM

    i agree with hobartbaker!Hey Peyton Manning here is your chance to get rid of Caldwell!!!

  8. mataug says: Mar 13, 2011 7:39 PM

    Thanks for PFT’s hilarious post of the weekend lol

  9. ttommytom says: Mar 13, 2011 7:59 PM

    I asked the famous and important writer Peter King this question a month ago or so. No answer.

    I guess he was too busy trying to remember all the important people who were calling him so he could tell us about all the important people that were calling him. Because, you know, he’s important.

  10. j0esixpack says: Mar 13, 2011 8:00 PM

    I wonder what Roger Goodell is going to do now that the Jets have cut his paycheck?

  11. geobh says: Mar 13, 2011 8:03 PM

    bring on high school baseball.

  12. flyboat44 says: Mar 13, 2011 8:14 PM

    Awkward!!

  13. msclemons67 says: Mar 13, 2011 8:37 PM

    Random Player: “Hey coach, is it cool if I bust a cap in some bouncer’s arse at a strip club?”

    Coach: “No son, that would be a bad idea”

    NFL: “Coach, you’re fired!”

  14. purdueman says: Mar 13, 2011 8:47 PM

    I understand that the strip club industry is in a panic. If the NFL players remain without paychecks locked out, how are they going to “make it rain”?!!!!

    The gun industry is reportedly very, very worried too. How are the new boys from da hood about to enter the NFL going to be able to afford to pack a lot of heat if they are locked out???

  15. dontcallmepete says: Mar 13, 2011 8:58 PM

    arse???????

    Sounds like you’ve been reading too many books by Anonymous.

  16. romoscollarbone says: Mar 13, 2011 9:07 PM

    Man what a hard-hitting journalism.

    Are we serious? The NFL does a lot of interesting, mind-numbing things. But was this specific situation really something that needed to be addressed?

    “No you cannot talk to your son, until a new CBA is signed” LOL.

    Also MDS, I like the part you added about: “Of course, if family members did discuss the labor situation, or go over the playbook, it’s highly unlikely that the league office would find out about it.” Everyone knows during times of Lockout, Omerta is you’re only option.

  17. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Mar 13, 2011 9:18 PM

    Not a problem. The NFLPA* players are too busy trying to read and fill out COBRA forms to have any meaningful conversations with coach.

  18. hobartbaker says: Mar 13, 2011 9:22 PM

    I know life was a bit awkward in our family when the parents locked us out of the house.

  19. lunarpie says: Mar 13, 2011 9:38 PM

    Just use messangers, kinda like the mob does.

  20. stairwayto7 says: Mar 13, 2011 9:39 PM

    The coaches will have thire wives give the playbook and info to their sons! She is not involved! The rat Goodell never thought of that!

  21. imag3d says: Mar 13, 2011 9:40 PM

    I wonder how the “high end” luxury car industry
    is going to affected when the players have to save their money instead of spending it? Of course used luxury car sales probably will increase.

  22. thefiesty1 says: Mar 13, 2011 9:42 PM

    Wait until Matthews gets fined for talking to his son. What a joke this whole sorrid affair is!

  23. drgreenstreak says: Mar 13, 2011 10:32 PM

    Blah, blah, blah.
    Fact is, neither a husband and wife or a father and son can be compelled to testify for the purpose of incriminating the other. Period. End of stupid NBC/PFT post.

  24. romosrevenge says: Mar 14, 2011 1:25 AM

    Thank-you ttommytom. The loudest laugh of the week. And you deserve it because, well…. you’re important.

  25. phinfan says: Mar 14, 2011 7:58 AM

    I can see the dinner conversations now.

    ‘lets say this salt shaker wanted to run block the pepper shaker… Then this spoon and fork could go left, in a formation we call the ‘kithen supplies conversation’…

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