If there’s a boundary teams can’t cross when it comes to offseason workouts, the NFL and the NFLPA have yet to share that information with the men who need it the most.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that he doesn’t know what is and isn’t allowed during offseason workouts under the new offseason workout rules.
“Frankly, I don’t know what the line is,” McCarthy said, via the Associated Press.
Unlike most coaches, McCarthy has access to one of the men who helped negotiate the new labor deal from the players’ perspective: center Jeff Saturday.
Unfortunately, Saturday doesn’t know much about the limits of the rules, either.
“I think it’s been difficult for all of us,” Saturday said. “When it’s written in legalese, it’s totally different than what you do on the field. It’s very hard to know what is crossing the line, what’s too much, what’s too little. I think you kind of put coaches out in an area where it’s very uncomfortable for those guys, and for a guy like me it’s very uncomfortable, because I have guys coming to me, asking me, you don’t really know a definitive answer. So we’re trying to figure it out.”
And so Saturday is deferring to NFLPA leadership.
“They need to draw the line and let the coaches know, ‘Hey, this is enough, this is too much, you can go up to here,’ so everybody is clear,” Saturday said. “And I think the PA now, they’re taking trips, they’re getting on people’s practice fields to really be able to give those coaches feedback of what we’re doing right and what we need to improve.”
That’s fine. But if teams like the Seahawks (and maybe the Saints) are going to lose OTA days without knowing what was and wasn’t OK, the league and the union aren’t doing their jobs when it comes to helping the coaches and the players do their jobs.