Cowboys in trouble for Rob Ryan’s contact with players

Several Cowboys players said before the lockout began that they had been talking to new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan about the team’s new defense.

That has the Cowboys in trouble with the league office.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys are in the group of five teams that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fined for having contact with players during the “dead” period before the start of the league year.

The violation is not related to the current lockout and is related to longstanding rules that give players some guaranteed down time from supervised football activities. The Dolphins, Browns and 49ers, all teams that also had new head coaches or coordinators, are also believed to have violated the rule.

23 responses to “Cowboys in trouble for Rob Ryan’s contact with players

  1. The NFL is irritating me a lot lately. First making new rules for a season that might not happen. Now they’re fining teams for handing out playbooks/talking to players BEFORE the lockout happened?

  2. That may be one of the worst rules yet. If a player gives up his time voluntarily to meet with a new coach, who gives a rats tail. That used to be considered “dedication” and seeing as how the Cowboys played their last game in December it would seem logical that they had enough down time.

  3. The coaches may be the ones most adversely affected by the lockout. Their hands are tied from doing their jobs and they can’t say anything about it, because they are ‘direct-report employees’ of the owners, while the players are contract labor.

  4. I bet this has been going on for years and no one cared. But now that there’s a lockout, and even though this happened before the lockout, they suddenly decide to enforce the rules? Whatever.

  5. Haha, as always, Cowboys haters out in full force. I don’t mind, if they give up their voluntary time to try to make themselves better, hate all you want, I love it.

  6. I don’t think anyone other than Jerry Jones cares if Jerry Jones has to pay a fine. Personally, and this is coming from an Eagles fan, it’s not even a little bit of a story unless a draft pick is taken away, which doesn’t appear to be the case.

  7. markdamack says: Mar 24, 2011 9:37 AM

    “Haha, as always, Cowboys haters out in full force. I don’t mind, if they give up their voluntary time to try to make themselves better, hate all you want, I love it.”

    If it makes you feel any better, I don’t hate the Cowboys, in fact, I draw a great deal of joy and amusement watching them self destruct.

  8. Have rules ever applied to the Ryan brothers? At least know the rule and be smart enough to tell your players to keep their mouths shut!!

  9. Rob is not gonna make it to the first game of the season if he continues to eat everything in his path.

    That has to be one of the worst pictures I have ever seen of this guy. (Is that really cheese doodles under his arm?)

  10. “Haha, as always, Cowboys haters out in full force.”

    Why hate a team that hasn’t won anything of consequence in over a decade? Their fans and their owner are walking punchlines, so we all owe a debt to the Dallas metropolitan area for providing us with so much free entertainment.

  11. “Why hate a team that hasn’t won anything of consequence in over a decade? Their fans and their owner are walking punchlines, so we all owe a debt to the Dallas metropolitan area for providing us with so much free entertainment.”

    To east96st: That is a perfect comment. Passionate, factual, and gratifying. Keep up the good work. There is hope for America.

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