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.