NFLCA chief: “I didn’t do a good job at communicating”

NFL Coaches Association executive director Larry Kennan admits things could have been handled better before he filed his brief supporting the lifting of the lockout this week.

“I emailed all the coaches to tell them we were going to do this. However, I didn’t do a very good job of communicating with the Redskins,” Kennan told Jim Miller and Alex Marvez. on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “It kind of caught them blindsided. Before they had a chance to read the Amicus brief and see that it was strictly about being for coaches, they panicked a little bit and maybe got some outside pressure to do something.”

The Redskins strongly deny that their assistants were pressured into making a statement.  The Washington Post said some assistants feared for their jobs if they were seen as being part of Kennan’s brief.

Kennan made his remarks Friday before Saints linebacker coach Joe Vitt came out strongly against the NFLCA’s brief, saying their staff sides with ownership.  The Saints aren’t members of the NFLCA.

“If there were a whole bunch of teams [protesting], I’d be concerned. I’m not concerned about one,” Kennan said. “I know what happened there. They didn’t have all the facts. A lot of us make decisions because we’re in a pressure situation and get caught up reading about something and don’t have all the information.”

Kennan says the NFLCA isn’t taking sides. (Huh?) “We’re for coaches,” Kennan said.

Unfortunately, coaches and support staff are getting the short end of this lockout and don’t have a lot of protection.

24 responses to “NFLCA chief: “I didn’t do a good job at communicating”

  1. “Kennan says the NFLCA isn’t taking sides.”

    Then WTF was the brief you just filed??? It was in support of the players. Is this guy for real?? I guess these days you can just do something, then when you get called on it, all you have to do is say you didn’t do it, and all is forgiven.

    If you were so neutral why did you stick your nose in this mess, especially when you apparently didn’t get the blessing of all the coached you purport to represent. This guy is a DB. No wonder coaches don’t want to be associated with this guy.

  2. Who the Hell is Larry Kennan? Oh, I see. He is listed as executive director of the NFLCA. However, he is also listed (by lead411.com) as “Dir. Staff” at NFLPlayers.com and his email address includes the site nflplayers.com
    Could it be he is a paid employee of the players association? Just a paid shill for the players perhaps? The NFLCA just lost all possible credibility since their director is an employee of the players association.

    just type Larry Kennan in your bing bar and see what the hits are.

  3. don’t apologize for shannahan ruining the redskins further than they already have been ruined…

    the past 2 years have been ridiculous – this whole coaches fiasco just adds to mcnabb, haynesworth conditioning test, his silver spoon son running the offense, etc…

    shannahan had proven salary cap violations in the 2 SB’s the broncos won – the terrell davis contract was a joke –

    just google ” broncos salary cap violation”

    you strip those cheated 2 denver rings, & what do you really got with shannahan?

  4. If I were an owner, I’d almost want my staff coming out for the players and would encourage it…the coaches are tasked with getting the most bang for the buck out of the players. Surely there will be animosity between ownership and players after the players get forced into a deal they don’t want and who better to bridge the gap than coaches.

    The game will go on after the lockout and the smart owners are the ones who try to mitigate the negative impact of the lockout. The coaching staff, who interfaces with both sides, is the ideal starting point. No team wants a bunch of Haynesworth’s mopping around and we fans sure in the hell don’t want that either.

  5. Sometime between June 3 and June 17 we should all be able to breathe a sigh of relief. The NFLPA took the shot and got this mess into the courts – and blew it. That reality will smack them in the face – sometime between June 3 and June 17th. Big bucks will come out on top. Like they always do.

  6. @smacklayer….hey pal, i hate to tell what but the g.o.p and the conservative agenda is dying before your very eyes. we just had a special election here in ny`s heavily republican 26th distract and corwin got trounced despite spending millions more then her democratic opponent. just keep telling yourself global warming is a made up liberal farce and the war in iraq really needed to happen. i guess as long as you yourself believe it will give you some sort of satisfaction even as the maiority of people know otherwise. perhaps you should do a double check too be sure obamas birth cert isn`t a fake. lol.can`t wait too see sarah palin debate obama. what a joke that clowness is.

  7. Of course the coaches were pressured. All of them happen to personally believe the owners are right? All of them? Please.

    Snyder is the Kim Jong Il of football: whatever he says, no matter how ludicrous it seems to the rest of the world, goes.

  8. @polishkingski

    wtf did that have to do with smacklayers post? It is completely irelvant to the statement he made. Take your political spamming and drivel over to the politics blogs and leave the football talk to the grownups who have an interest in the game.

    with the full amount of respect you deserve, of course

  9. “Of”, Larry, you didn’t do a good job OF communicating.

    These fools have no business filing anything. Just coach ’em up. Can we please play some football?

  10. lots of ass clowns are involved in this fight. i wish fans wouldn’t come back after this nonsense is over. unfortunately, they will follow the ass clowns again.

  11. I love that this labor mess is getting worse by the day…and it will continue to get worse…my dream of no NFL in 2011 is coming true…what will all the uneducated losers do with their sundays now?…they will still be on their couches getting drunk, but instead of the NFL they will be watching old movies theyve seen many times already…the NFL was designed to give big dumb fast guys a job, while giving the uneducated beer drinkers something to do with their sundays. Thank God no NFL in 2011.

  12. @willycents…

    Nice job. Glad someone else saw this for what it is too… a bunch of crap.

  13. Larry, when you e-mailed coaches informing them you were filing a legal brief supporting the players, did you wait for them to respond? Shouldn’t you have taken a membership vote before filing legal briefs on their behalf? How is supporting player efforts to lift the lockout not taking sides?

    I was happy about the NFLCA brief. But if it appears coaches don’t support it, the lockout opposition would have been better off without your help.

  14. “lovesportsandsurfing says: I love that this labor mess is getting worse by the day…Thank God no NFL in 2011.”

    Ummm…why would you bother posting if you don’t like the NFL?

    My vote: most ignorant and pointless post EVER.

  15. If the coaches follow the stupid players and their idiot “leader”‘, then they are more stupid than the players.

  16. “they will still be on their couches getting drunk, but instead of the NFL they will be watching old movies theyve seen many times already”
    ————————————————–
    And your point is? All i know is, if sitting on my couch drinking Natty Light while watching a double feature of “Con-Air” and “The Rock” for the 18th time is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!

  17. randysavage4ever says:
    May 27, 2011 6:46 PM
    don’t apologize for shannahan ruining the redskins further than they already have been ruined…

    the past 2 years have been ridiculous – this whole coaches fiasco just adds to mcnabb, haynesworth conditioning test, his silver spoon son running the offense, etc…

    shannahan had proven salary cap violations in the 2 SB’s the broncos won – the terrell davis contract was a joke –

    just google ” broncos salary cap violation”

    you strip those cheated 2 denver rings, & what do you really got with shannahan?

    —————————————————————————

    Umm , wow, just umm, wow.

    I see Macho Man was/is worshiped by Moron Man

  18. @fatfreddystubbs
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    I have to respect a man, who can mutli-task, watching “Con-Air’ and drinking natty light, is the stuff of legend, there are few humans alive that can endure such torture…..

  19. This is the OWNER”S lockout, not “this lockout” or “the lockout”. When people are getting hurt it’s important to point out that this isn’t a nobody at fault natural event, but something the owners wanted to do.

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