Players should consider hiring fired coaches to help with workouts


During the lockout, coaches can’t communicate with their players.  As a result, players throughout the league are coordinating on their own workouts and practices.

Assuming that coaches are honoring the prohibition against contacting players (while also assuming that Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman have gotten together tonight for poker and pizza), the players would benefit from guidance.  Even if some contact is occurring, players would benefit from the presence of coaches — especially coaches who understand the systems that a given team uses.

So, as mentioned earlier this week on PFT Live, why not hire fired coaches to preside over players-only practices?  Former Browns coach Eric Mangini would be the perfect candidate to help the Cowboys learn new coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense.  In Philly, former Vikings coach Brad Childress could help Mike Vick and the rest of the Eagles offense with the execution of Andy Reid’s West Coast offense.

Sure, the coaches would want to be paid.  By spreading the responsibility among 30 or 40 men, the per-player out-of-pocket cost would be fairly manageable.  And the expenses could be added to the damages claim in the antitrust lawsuit, as reasonable expenses incurred by the players to help them prepare for football season.

With no end in sight to the lockout and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in no hurry to rule on the motion that could end the work stoppage while the appeal moves forward, the players need to make the most out of the time they’ll be putting in on their own.  And they can do that by taking advantage of the various unemployed coaches who may be interested in doing a little work on the side.

23 responses to “Players should consider hiring fired coaches to help with workouts

  1. Or the players could just, you know, go back to making a minimum of $400,000 a year for their part time gig.

    Besides, haven’t you heard, hell, you reported it, Ray Lewis enjoys having “summers off”.

  2. And, considering that the “fired” coaches wish to ever coach in the league again; “I coached players during the lockout” would certainly look good on the resume submitted to an owner with a job recommendation, now wouldn’t it.

  3. How do you think this would be looked at by the owners, when said coaches want back in? In theory it sounds like a great idea, but practical……not so much.

  4. How about the players fire their little yard gnome with the bad hats, hire Troy Vincent, which they should have done in the first place, and have him negotiate a new CBA so their real coaches can coach them in OTA’s and training camp.

    Or would that be too simple a solution?

  5. That won’t help. There was a reason those coaches were fired. Just drop the lawsuit and accept the last offer made by the owners and get back to work. This is not rocket science. It’s just a game, if you want to play, PLAY!

  6. Unorganized labor and unorganized owners should be a double negative that equals organized labor and organized owners. Work it out guys. You are starting to make the networks nervous about their investments. And every one know what happens when the networks get mad. No one gets paid.

  7. Players are more interested in personal stats and staying in shape. The benefits would come from the team in terms of schemes (ie., 3-4). The owners should pony up that portion.

  8. In Philly, former Vikings coach Brad Childress could help Mike Vick and the rest of the Eagles offense with the execution of Andy Reid’s West Coast offense.
    Really? The man who can’t count and the man who wouldn’t abandon Tarvaris Jackson. The man who had the team bring in Randy Moss only to get rid of him a few games later without letting the owner and VP of Player personnel know.

  9. I had actually sent in a question similar to this to Peter King, sadly he didn’t answer it. But lets say the lockout is going to last well into August. What’s to keep a team from “firing” position coaches with say severance pay for (Lessee June, July, and August) 3 months with a sort of wink/nod deal that they be rehired once the lockout ends? Sure it would drive some owner’s nuts, but they aren’t the ones prepping a team to be ready. I’m not talking coordinators here. Just position coaches. I don’t think there’s anything preventing it myself. And its not giving players leverage as the coaches wouldn’t be paying for anything. And if enough teams do it and enough players take the coaches up on it, it erodes the player argument about damages done due to lack of preparation before the season.

  10. Sounds a lot like the rumors that have been circulating about the Bengals QBs working out with Jon Gruden. Except in that case, its an even better example of “lockout loopholes”.

  11. Yeah, the Cowboys are going to show Mangini their playbook so he can work with the Boys’ D players and then hire on as a consultant with, say, the Eagles or Giants. The longer this lawyer-driven BS goes on, the sillier all this nonsense gets.

  12. “dkeyser says:
    May 6, 2011 10:18 PM
    Hows about hire Sal Alosi to coach some special teams plays??”

    Congrats. You just made me spit my beer all over my keyboard.

  13. Eventually, these coaches want to get back into the league and don’t want to risk a big paycheck in trade for a small paycheck the players would pay. Also, many of these guys are still on team payroll, so there is no owner who will look favorably on a guy coaching for the other side. Think about it.

  14. Great idea, Brian Billick is Mike Smith’s brother-in-law, he’d be a great go to guy for the Falcons.

  15. Every player, including the just drafted rookies going on stage with $20,000 earrings, could give up one piece of custom made jewelry out of their collection. The coaches would make a killing.

  16. Players could start their own league.

    Within three years they’ll sue themselves for not sharing the revenue with themselves.

    Result will be another work stoppage while De Mo’ tells them to keep filing lawsuits.

    De Mo’ will lead them over the cliff again.

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