Lost in the claim by Jets coach Rex Ryan that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis called on Friday morning to ask Ryan not to use the Wildcat in their mutual preseason opener is that such arrangements are prohibited.
As we explained last year, no agreements or arrangements may be made before preseason games regarding issues like personnel and strategy.
That said, it happens. And the league rarely does anything about it.
In this specific case, it’s unclear whether Lewis actually made the call or whether Ryan was just embellishing to advance the New York narrative that no one wants to face the Wildcat.
Regardless, the rules don’t allow it. And if the NFL isn’t going to enforce the rule, then the NFL should get rid of the rule.