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Jack Del Rio on NFLCA brief: No one on staff knew about it

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A third coaching staff has come out publicly to say they don’t support the court brief filed last week by the NFL Coaches Association, which sided with the players.

“I checked with our guys and not one member of our coaching staff had knowledge of last week’s brief filed by the Coaches Association prior to the news breaking,” Del Rio told the Associated Press. “None were consulted or involved in any way. This action was taken without approval. Heck, it wasn’t even mentioned to any of us.”

The NFLCA has good intentions and assistant coaches could use the protection a union would provide.  But the NFLCA isn’t a union and they don’t represent all NFL coaches, which has led to some embarrassing moments over the last week.

The Redskins and the Saints came out strongly against the statement.  NFLCA chief Larry Kennan said he didn’t do a “good job at at communicating” with the Redskins staff.

It sounds like that problem was widespread.

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23 Responses to “Jack Del Rio on NFLCA brief: No one on staff knew about it”
  1. airraid77 says: Jun 1, 2011 1:41 PM

    It should be readily apparent that this supposed union tried to slip one by without noticing…..
    Just so you understand pft, a union keeps people employed who otherwise wouldnt be in most cases. An NFLCA is not a good thing….regardless of what you have been told.

  2. idriveamoped says: Jun 1, 2011 1:41 PM

    Whoooops. I wonder if there is a coaching staff that ACTUALLY knew?

  3. eaglesfan290 says: Jun 1, 2011 1:42 PM

    It makes you wonder how often these Trade Associations and Unions speak for members without their consent or at the very least majority consensus.

    I have a feeling that is what is really driving the lockout; a small group of disaffected players are running the show and many players fear speaking out because of pressure to go along. I would love to see the NFLPA call a secret vote and get the input of its members to see if they agree to date with the strategy and outcome.

  4. geo1113 says: Jun 1, 2011 1:46 PM

    The NFLCA has good intentions and assistant coaches could use the protection a union would provide.
    ______________________

    Obviously, the assistant coaches don’t see it that way. If they did, they would form a union.

  5. airraid77 says: Jun 1, 2011 1:48 PM

    It makes you wonder how often these Trade Associations and Unions speak for members without their consent or at the very least majority consensus.
    I have a feeling that is what is really driving the lockout; a small group of disaffected players are running the show and many players fear speaking out because of pressure to go along. I would love to see the NFLPA call a secret vote and get the input of its members to see if they agree to date with the strategy and outcome
    ————————————————–
    If obama get re-elected, Card check! which will make all secret ballots illegal, will be one of the first if not the first items on his agenda. GUARANTEED.
    And you hit it right on the button.

  6. thetechnocrat says: Jun 1, 2011 1:48 PM

    Why would they support the players? You can be assured that every extra dollar they try to squeeze out of the owners will be one more taken away from them and every other person in the organization.

  7. smacklayer says: Jun 1, 2011 1:56 PM

    “The NFLCA has good intentions and assistant coaches could use the protection a union would provide”

    What a stupid thing to say GR. You are clearly pro union. First, from what I am reading this past week, many coaches appear to be trying to distance themselves from the NFLCA. Secondly, the NFLCA has been around for many years and has never unionized – that should clue you in to the fact that the coaches are doing just fine and don’t care to have “union representation”.

    And lastly, look how well the union is working out for the players. They actaully had to get rid of their uion in order to try to get an ounce of leverage in their negotiations (of should I say non-negotiations).

    This may come as a surprise to you, but most people do not like or want unions, and clearly the coaches fall squarely on that side.

  8. duanethomas says: Jun 1, 2011 1:58 PM

    eaglesfan290 says:
    Jun 1, 2011 1:42 PM
    It makes you wonder how often these Trade Associations and Unions speak for members without their consent or at the very least majority consensus.

    I have a feeling that is what is really driving the lockout; a small group of disaffected players are running the show and many players fear speaking out because of pressure to go along. I would love to see the NFLPA call a secret vote and get the input of its members to see if they agree to date with the strategy and outcome.

    Wishful thinking, the members of the NFLPA* were fully informed of the strategy and all possible outcomes. The rank and file and the elite are all on board with DeMaurice Smith. All for One and One for All. No matter what happens in the court the players will stick together. This isnt 1982 or 1987, when I watched Tony Dorsett, Marty Lyons, Randy White, sellout for money and play with scabs. I stood behind the players then and I do now.

  9. airraid77 says: Jun 1, 2011 2:05 PM

    Wishful thinking, the members of the NFLPA* were fully informed of the strategy and all possible outcomes. The rank and file and the elite are all on board with DeMaurice Smith. All for One and One for All. No matter what happens in the court the players will stick together. This isnt 1982 or 1987, when I watched Tony Dorsett, Marty Lyons, Randy White, sellout for money and play with scabs. I stood behind the players then and I do now.
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    what smith is after wont only destroy the owners, it will destroy the players.
    long term the NFL will not survive if smith wins his way. long term being 5 years.
    all you have to do is some thinking on this.

  10. hobartbaker says: Jun 1, 2011 2:08 PM

    The NFLCA has been described as “a loose connection of loose connections”.

  11. TurdSandwich says: Jun 1, 2011 2:10 PM

    Belichek knew. He had someone film it from the sidelines.

  12. duanethomas says: Jun 1, 2011 3:08 PM

    @airraid77. So D. Smith wants to destroy the NFL and put his members out of work. What an evil genius he is, the league will be done in 5 years. Oh My………So He is using the same stratergy you guys “hero” Gene Upshaw did including decritifaction, anti-trust, threat of no union and he wants to the league to end. I thought it was leverage to get the best deal possible for the players. What you pro-owner shills want is for the owners to operate with impunity…Oh wait, they did for 50 years. No union, no benefits, no free agency, reserve clause, take it or leave it contracts. That’s what you guys want, when players didn’t complain and played for the love of the game. Then the owners will passed the savings down to the fans. So you can feel good that the players are making the same salary you are. That would make you feel better, wouldn’t sweetheart . Yeah right.

  13. airraid77 says: Jun 1, 2011 3:21 PM

    not even close….you are so far removed from reality its not funny. If you are a so called player in the nfl? you already are in the 5 pct of income earners. TOP 5.
    If d. smith wins. and destroys the owners? how much will you make?
    D. does not care about the players, the owners or the fans.
    If the owners dont make profit, how do you think you will make money?’
    It should be blatantly obvious the more money they make the more they will spend. and where is the problems with the owners?
    The outprice themselves spending on players.

  14. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jun 1, 2011 3:34 PM

    BLAH, BLAH, BLAH Del Rio. Don’t care. Unions, 8th circuit court, players leverage, owners leverage, lockout, Roger Goddell, De Smith, litigation, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. I’m so sick of all of these words and names.

    All we want is opening Sunday football on Sept 11, 2011.

  15. duanethomas says: Jun 1, 2011 3:42 PM

    Where do you guys get I’m a player? I’m 39 years old with a beer gut and haven’t played football since I left college 16 years ago. What if the owners win and destroys the players? Since one side has to destroy the other. You work for a team and are so pissed off you can’t think straight. This is your only outlet to voice your meaningless opinion. Shut up and enjoy your furlough sweetheart. BYE.

  16. radrhatr says: Jun 1, 2011 3:46 PM

    Sounds exactly like the players union. Do whatever you want, whether your members agree or even know.

  17. nineroutsider says: Jun 1, 2011 3:52 PM

    @nationalmediacansuckit

    That’s the best damn post I’ve seen yet!
    —————————————————-
    If you are a staunch backer of either side, you are probably letting your politics get in the way of rational thinking (or you have some interest in one side prevailing which is acceptable).

    If you are truly a football fan and you aren’t mixing politics into your thinking (this is not a political issue – labor issues in sports aren’t the same as in industry or government…get that through your dense skulls – sports unions and the Wisconsin teachers union are different!!!!), then you should be pulling for whatever side will deliver football the quickest. Period.

    WeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootballWeWantFootball

    Sorry…see this on NFL.com for every post now.

  18. nard100 says: Jun 1, 2011 4:16 PM

    Can you imagine the rage eminating from dan Snyder’s nostrils when he saw that the NFLCA sided with the players?! LOL. you can just see him going to each and EVERY one of those coaches finding out how they voted! With a dictator like Snyder, how else would they vote? The guy is suing a newspaper over his DEPICTION (read “picture”) and has made wild accusations that even he had to downplay (http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/redskins-owner-daniel-snyder-moves-defamation-lawsuit-to-dc/2011/04/26/AF5Ns6rE_story.html).

    Sorry, but when you read between the lines, you get the full story more clearly. I wonder how the Raiders and Cowboys coaches weigh in on this issue. Don’t be surprised if they reject the players’ position… because they have to!

  19. endzonezombie says: Jun 1, 2011 4:21 PM

    Anyone notice how the pro-owner shills try to turn every discussion into an anti-union rant even when there is no union involved in this thread.

  20. realitypolice says: Jun 1, 2011 4:42 PM

    I think we can consider the brief from the NFLCA to be thoroughly discredited at this point.

    Let’s just move on.

  21. nineroutsider says: Jun 1, 2011 4:54 PM

    @endzonezombie

    Yep…I just wonder if they even like football. They get worked up after a morning of Rush and then hit those liberal sports blogs…

    I don’t have a problem with conservatives or liberals, but I hate the blowhards on both sides. That crap doesn’t belong on a sports blog. We wouldn’t be here if we wanted to read that sh@t.

  22. commandercornpone says: Jun 1, 2011 7:16 PM

    Anyone notice how the pro-union (notice i didnt say pro-player) shills try to turn every discussion into an anti-owner rant even though the owners did offer proposals and the union/union* never did.

    .

  23. blarch says: Jun 1, 2011 7:23 PM

    So ultimately what we learn from this is that Del Rio and Shanahan are giant ass kissing liars. Good to know.

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