Lockout could make life awkward for some families

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.

25 responses to “Lockout could make life awkward for some families

  1. 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….”.

  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….”.

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!”

  6. 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???

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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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