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Redskins coaches say they stand “united with our ownership”

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When the National Football League Coach’s Association filed a “friend of the court” brief on Wednesday in support of ending the lockout, no names were signed to the bottom.

The Redskins coaching staff has responded negatively to the brief, with 17 signatures on it.  NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports the Redskins coaches are standing with ownership.

“We stand united with our ownership and the brief does not reflect our thoughts on the matter,” the statement reads. “We, like everybody else, are hopeful we can return to playing football.”

(Possible translation: Dan Snyder asked us to write this.)

The statement is a blow to the NFLCA, but it’s not particularly surprising.  There is no union for coaches and the NFLCA clearly doesn’t represent everyone.

“Our former representative, Kirk Olivadotti, is no longer w/the organization & no member of our. . . staff was consulted,” the statement signed by the Redskins’ coaches asserts.

As far as we know, this is the first public response from anyone in the coaching community to the NFLCA briefing.  It will be interesting to see if any other staffs speak up.

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  1. ralphshere says: May 26, 2011 3:54 PM

    So they are not part of NFLCA and feel the need to let everybody know it.

    Can’t imagine what would happen if one Redskin coach declined to sign the letter.

    Now this is taking on beyond silly proportions,

    Would all parties please get a deal done.

  2. p4hbiz says: May 26, 2011 3:56 PM

    Washington still has a team, what a dump! And what is the NFLCA?.. Give me a break already with all this mess.

    I think after all this is said and done, the NFL will be kind of like baseball.. Watered down with little to no Excitement.

  3. willycents says: May 26, 2011 3:57 PM

    Translation: Dan Snyder asked us to write this.)
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    Nice try at a jab, Gregg. How about the other 16 coaches that signed it? How about their names?

    I’m quite certain that Dan Snyder does not have a lot of control, nor communication, with, say, John Fox, Bill Belicheck, Andy Reid, Jim Caldwell, Jason Garrett, etc.
    \Please inform us as to what Andy Reid or Jason Garrett orRex Ryan would say if the owner of the Redskins called over and told them what to do? A big fat efff u would probably be the “phrase of the day.”

  4. schmitty2 says: May 26, 2011 3:57 PM

    PFT hasn’t got to the “low moments” of the Redskins yet but hearing this “United with ownership” thing might take the top spot

  5. saints25 says: May 26, 2011 3:58 PM

    I stand with the owners too….heck,there screaming they want to get back to the table an get this deal done…Players refuse to do anything.

  6. prosb4hos says: May 26, 2011 3:58 PM

    If the players spent a fraction of the time negotiating with owners as they do complaining/trying to sell their side and talking to the media, an agreement would already be reached.

  7. zimaman says: May 26, 2011 4:10 PM

    just like most of us are divided on this issue I think it would be fair to say that most coaches and coaching staffs are also divided.

    that being said the NFLCA is just doing their “union thing” they actually didnt poll their members and have a vote to send out the brief.

    that being said I dont think it’s fair to say “Snyder made them do it”. believe me I think the guy has made some dopey football decisions and I am no Redskin fan but that statement was “unfair” and has no basis in fact.

  8. hail2tharedskins says: May 26, 2011 4:14 PM

    Wow, that is 17 more coaches’ signatures than on the actual brief claiming to represent the coaches.

  9. kevinfromth says: May 26, 2011 4:16 PM

    Think about it: if you coached the Redskins, wouldn’t you want the lockout to last as long as possible too?

  10. jbcommonsense says: May 26, 2011 4:16 PM

    Ugh! What a bunch of pathetic suck-ups! On my own team no less…

  11. cosmoman11 says: May 26, 2011 4:17 PM

    Willycents,

    I am sure that the 17 coaches are all Redskins coaches, not 17 different head coaches. And yes, I believe that they were all probably threatened with losing their jobs.

  12. pftard says: May 26, 2011 4:18 PM

    Of course they stand unified…, if they don’t, they’ll lose they’re jobs. Snyder owns and runs all Redskins propoganda.

  13. aschwartz2011 says: May 26, 2011 4:24 PM

    Nice try at a jab, Gregg. How about the other 16 coaches that signed it? How about their names?

    I’m quite certain that Dan Snyder does not have a lot of control, nor communication, with, say, John Fox, Bill Belicheck, Andy Reid, Jim Caldwell, Jason Garrett, etc.
    \Please inform us as to what Andy Reid or Jason Garrett orRex Ryan would say if the owner of the Redskins called over and told them what to do? A big fat efff u would probably be the “phrase of the day.”

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    I am guessing that the statement was signed by 17 Redskins coaches. Otherwise it would have been a coaches statement and not a Redskins one.

  14. aasukisuki says: May 26, 2011 4:33 PM

    @willycents:

    Read the article again. It was 17 Redskins coaches, not 17 NFL head coaches.

    On a separate note, why would coaches want to get involved in this? If you take the sides of the owners, the players are going to remember that you stood against them when the lockout ends. If you take the side of the players, your owner is going to replace you. Just keep your head down and shut your mouth.

  15. jpmelon says: May 26, 2011 4:36 PM

    Making the suggestion that the coaches were encouraged by the ownership to write this letter is very reckless. You need proof before you say something like that, or you need to explain it as speculation only.

    Saying that it “translates” to something when it very well may have been a genuine letter is irresponsible and makes NBC look foolish for supporting you.

  16. jamaltimore says: May 26, 2011 4:38 PM

    BeltBuckle Boy Strikes AGAIN! Just another sign he doesn’t get it. Makes perfect sense to cause more of riff between your coaches and players in that fraud of a franchise.

  17. nineroutsider says: May 26, 2011 5:02 PM

    I’m sure every Redskins coach was lined up outside General Snyder’s bunker eager to sign this letter, just like they were around the rest of the league…oh wait.

    They didn’t even make the boys down in JerryWorld do this…

  18. redskinsrt says: May 26, 2011 5:19 PM

    Nice try at a jab, Gregg. How about the other 16 coaches that signed it? How about their names?

    I’m quite certain that Dan Snyder does not have a lot of control, nor communication, with, say, John Fox, Bill Belicheck, Andy Reid, Jim Caldwell, Jason Garrett, etc.
    \Please inform us as to what Andy Reid or Jason Garrett orRex Ryan would say if the owner of the Redskins called over and told them what to do? A big fat efff u would probably be the “phrase of the day.”
    —————————

    Fox, Belichick, Reid, Caldwell, nor Garrett are employed by the Redskins. Reid or Ryan either.

  19. plundergrunge says: May 26, 2011 6:41 PM

    Not Robert Kraft. Not Dan Rooney. Not Ralph Wilson. But Dan Snyder? Daniel Snyder gets the backing of his coaches?

    You don’t say…

  20. iplaybingowitholdpeopleandwin says: May 26, 2011 6:46 PM

    Sounds like they’re toeing the company line so they won’t have their salaries reduced…

  21. geniusesq says: May 26, 2011 6:49 PM

    Why would they even write this. Everyone knows that not every coach signed onto the NFLCA brief. Why go out of your way to say, we don’t feel that way–we love our owner and agree with him?

    Just say nothing.

  22. geniusesq says: May 26, 2011 6:52 PM

    Good luck winning over the locker room when you know, the lockout is over and stuff.

  23. thetooloftools says: May 26, 2011 6:54 PM

    Who is coaching The Raiders this season. That revolving door will support whomever is signing the checks.

  24. wethog66 says: May 26, 2011 6:56 PM

    LiL Danny has proven his ignorance in regards to running an NFL Franchise, but that doesn’t mean he’s a complete control freak/dick. I’d point negative comments towards Father Shanahan. He made it a point of fact, from the moment he was hired, that he would be in charge of anything and everything in regards to the football operations. And its been made clear through the media that Shanahan doesn’t pay any attention to advice coming from the “Big Boy Room”. So to think LiL Danny forced Shanahan and his coaches to sign this letter is down right stupid.

  25. geniusesq says: May 26, 2011 7:11 PM

    Shanahan might be a good coach, but he’s an awful decision maker thusfar. Fat Albert, McNabb. He’s looking like Mr. Maurice Clarett in Washington right now.

  26. theblowtorchreview says: May 26, 2011 7:48 PM

    If you want to stay on Danny Boy Snyder’s gravey train, you better stand by him!

  27. toiletking says: May 26, 2011 10:41 PM

    Gee Dan, no one’s going to see through this one. You’re a public relations genius!

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