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Report: Assistant coaches, players in regular contact during lockout


Make sure you are sitting down before you read the following breaking news: NFL coaches are not following the rules of the lockout.

Mike Freeman of reports that assistant coaches and players across the league have been keeping in close contact regarding workouts, often with weekly chats.

He recalls seeing one player have a 20 minute conversation with a coach.  Others have kept in touch via Twitter (direct message), texts, Skype phone calls, and email.   Some coaches have even joined players at their homes to watch game film.  Others reportedly have faxed plays to players.

Some conversations are casual, but others focus on what the players are doing to prepare for the season.

It sends a mixed message for the players to work with the coaches, but the reality is that labor unity isn’t necessarily the top priority for most players.

“Eventually we’ll have football again. All that matters to me is who is ready and who isn’t,” one player told Freeman.

Freeman says that roughly 25% of the league’s players are keeping touch with assistant coaches.  Head coaches appear to be letting their assistants do the work to keep some distance while breaking the rules.

This news should surprise absolutely no one.  In a $9 billion industry, both sides (players and coaches) are going to do what they can to get ahead while the labor uncertainty boils.

A story like this supports my belief that getting playbooks distributed won’t remotely be a problem for teams.  Once a few players have the playbook, the rest will get it whether it is from coaches or teammates.  Who is going to stop them?

We doubt the phone conversations will stop either.

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29 Responses to “Report: Assistant coaches, players in regular contact during lockout”
  1. hawkeye6 says: May 9, 2011 4:45 PM

    Eli looks awful in that picture

  2. lgbarn says: May 9, 2011 4:48 PM

    Good!!! I hope all team captains on are getting as much training as possible.

    OK..saved all the comments for the rest of this thread. Bottom line is, we don’t care how they do it, we just want football.

  3. bigdan7885 says: May 9, 2011 4:50 PM

    Eli got a head start.

  4. 3crowns says: May 9, 2011 4:55 PM

    I’m sure somehow the 49ers will get fined/docked draft picks for this while no one else will be punished. Goodell likes to keep his pimp hand strong with John York.

  5. Deb says: May 9, 2011 4:59 PM

    Good. Players not being able to talk to their coaches is stupid. Players’ and coaches’ wives and kids not being able to communicate is stupid. The lockout is stupid. The rules are stupid. The whole thing is stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid. (Channeling my inner first-grader.)

  6. hulksmashyou says: May 9, 2011 5:01 PM

    Not all that surprising. If the NFL doesn’t levy fines for this, it better not try levying them to players for off the field behavior. No rules = no rules.

  7. thevillain112 says: May 9, 2011 5:04 PM

    If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying…

  8. sjcwisc says: May 9, 2011 5:05 PM

    Faxing plays? What’s a fax?

  9. thephantomstranger says: May 9, 2011 5:06 PM

    Other players and coaches are communicating by passing notes in English class, while others are using carrier pigeon and pony express.

  10. citizenstrange says: May 9, 2011 5:09 PM

    I also gather that Tony Romo is letting Jason Garrett caddy for him.

  11. jahbird says: May 9, 2011 5:13 PM

    I think I speak for all fans when I say, “good.”

    The quicker we can get competitive football the better.

  12. bsmb says: May 9, 2011 5:26 PM

    of course they are talking…pro and college football are both corrupt businesses…you wont find many people who are following the rules

  13. buffalohogan says: May 9, 2011 5:29 PM

    More Breaking News: Osama Bin Laden is dead!

  14. dewalt2990 says: May 9, 2011 5:34 PM

    Good. This whole thing is ridiculous anyways.

  15. moneymike23 says: May 9, 2011 5:34 PM

    Good for them, not surprising at all. NFL can’t monitor them 24/7.

  16. whatswiththehate says: May 9, 2011 5:48 PM

    Seriously, you sports media folks sound like a bunch of tattle-tales.

    Didn’t Goddell already break the rule when he spoke with Chad ocho last month..I mean REALLY…

  17. Topher says: May 9, 2011 5:57 PM

    hawkeye6 says:
    May 9, 2011 4:45 PM
    Eli looks awful in that picture

    Not unlike last season.

  18. pmzamboni says: May 9, 2011 5:57 PM

    More breaking news:

    Francisco Franco is still dead…

  19. dontouchmyjunk says: May 9, 2011 6:05 PM

    Fax plays? What is this? 1997?

  20. hawkeye6 says: May 9, 2011 6:13 PM

    So, what happens if a player and a coach eat lunch at a restaurant and their tables happen to be next to each other. Are they obligated to ignore each other and pretend the other is invisible?

    Seems like you can do whatever you want, as long as it’s not “official”.

  21. thereisalwaysnextyear says: May 9, 2011 6:21 PM

    I’m SHOCKED. SHOCKED I tell ya. Who didn’t think there would be an asst who might invite a few of the fellas over for a cookout? As long as man has existed he’s tried to get around rules. Man will keep doing it as long as there are rules.

  22. thefiesty1 says: May 9, 2011 6:23 PM

    Shock and awe! Really? Are you sure? There is not an assistant coach out there that would cheat. Ha, ha, wink, wink.

  23. TheRealist says: May 9, 2011 6:29 PM

    Of course they are talking and working together.

    Players and coaches who aren’t breaking the rule are going to be big steps behind the ones that are.

  24. cytofed says: May 9, 2011 7:10 PM

    In other news…. Andrew luck will not enter the 2012 NFL draft. Instead, he opt to join to 49ers as offensive coordinator.

  25. buffalohogan says: May 9, 2011 7:14 PM

    dontouchmyjunk says:
    May 9, 2011 6:05 PM
    Fax plays? What is this? 1997?


    You must be 15 years old. Believe it or not there were computers, scanners, and email in 1997…and we even had cell phones the size of you know, cell phones.

    Now saying, 1987 would have been funny…there was actually a strike that year, and FAX machines were the prevalent technology for that type of thing.

  26. fatelvis77 says: May 9, 2011 8:49 PM

    Jets assistants have been seen working on their tripping moves.

  27. freedomispopular says: May 9, 2011 10:57 PM

    Name on business where all the rules are actually followed.

  28. nflconspiracytheoristdeluxe says: May 10, 2011 12:02 AM

    Appears that Eli has not lost all the baby weight yet.

  29. tred11 says: May 10, 2011 2:50 AM

    who is the retard in the powder blue sweatshirt, ohhh eli,now it makes sense…

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