Head of NFL Coaches Association explains, defends filing

NFL Coaches Association Executive Director Larry Kennan has received quite a bit of notice of late following his court filing in favor of the players and the subsequent reaction from staffs to it.

During an excellent PFT Live segment Friday, Kennan explained and defended the NFLCA’s brief, saying he is only concerned with operating in the best interests of coaches around the league.

It’s an interview that we recommend checking out in full if you want to gain a broader understanding of the NFLCA and the challenges that coaches face.  Or you can just watch the clip below.

10 responses to “Head of NFL Coaches Association explains, defends filing

  1. I dont have to read it, its desperation time for unions…..Head of the afl-cio has all but said so…..Card check, whether he says it or not, will be the first thing on the dockett if obama is re-elected in 12……what is it? UNIONIZATION of the country. Think communism. THINK anvil and hammer.

  2. Those coaches couldnt speak out even if they wanted to, because their thousands and thousands of coaches who would take the job no questions asked.

  3. i mean come on……Larry

    none of the coaches knew what you sent out on their behalf.

    and know you come out and try to defend that position?

    what a d-bag

  4. This is all playing out just as intended.

    With some owners cutting organizational payroll the coaches obviously have a very high interest in seeing the lockout end and new CBA be worked out to keep their income flowing.

    Yet the individual coaches can’t bite the hand that feeds them.

    What better way to address both issues by having an Executive Director issue a detailed brief – only to have his individual “members” openly decry the brief.

    Indeed, not informing them of the brief – which surely they recognize to be in their best interest – allows them to retain plausible deniability.

    The Executive Director takes the ire of the Owners and the ire – or mock ire – of individual coaches.

    I noticed the coaches to whom he answers haven’t fired him yet. If they’re smart they’ll keep him around.

  5. I listened to the interview. First, it was a typical softball MF interview that lacks hard questions and fails to followup and hold feet to fire when they fail to answer direct questions.

    But it is painfully obvious that he is a just a pro-union mouthpiece. He is pushing the usual pro-union agenda. They are obviously in bed the NFLPA – self-admittedly they share offices, share employees, have contracts with each other, etc.

    He also failed to adequately explain why so many coaches have come out against the brief except to say that the owners were pressuring them, which to me to is a cop out on his part. There is no evidence AT ALL that any owners or management have done anything to make coaches come out against it. I am sure if there was a memo or a some team meeting instructing coaches to come out against it some low level assistant coach somewhere would have leaked it to the media.

    He didn’t strike me as particularly insightful or or even well spoken. It further enforces my previous opinion that many coaches really don’t want much to do with this guy or his organization. And for God’s sake, hire a professional web designer, the NFLCA web site looks terrible.

  6. @joesixpack …

    Exactly. Illuminating interview … for those who actually listened to it and are capable of hearing something other than their own anti-union blathering. The coaches are being hurt by the lockout more than the players, so of course, they want it lifted.

    Right, zimaman, he’s a dirtbag acting solely on his own volition. That’s why those 15 coaches have loudly called for his resignation … except they haven’t. And the other 17 haven’t even complained.

  7. “So I’m representing them all whether they want to be represented in those cases or not.”
    – Larry Kennan

    This attitude is the fundamental problem with union leadership and representative bargaining units. Larry Kennan’s assertion that the coaches who went to the media clearly don’t mean what they said and are doing so because they feel pressure from owners is a reflection of the attitude that he’s right and the coaches and staffs that he “represents” that disagree don’t know what’s good for them.

    If pro-union types want to know why people are disenchanted with union leaders, it is this sort of patronizing garbage. Larry Kennan, who obviously didn’t consult the coaches at best or lied in his brief about the coaches’ support for his position at worst, should resign or get fired.

    Anyone who wants to dismiss this as my “anti-union bias” is avoiding the issue and missing the point. It is this sort of crap that gives unions a bad name. Goodell is no saint, but at least he talks to the people he allegedly represents, unlike Mr. Kennan.

  8. I can’t wait for shills like smacklayer and nekelund ( now don’t they really sound like football fans ..lol) go back to cleaning stadium toilets when the new CBA is finally approved.

  9. @airraid77 – union isn’t another word for communism. If we had the protection of unions with teeth like they have in Europe, we wouldn’t be so afraiid of our government and would have more of a say when things happen that are unacceptable. Americans are too individualistic to shut down the entire nation through it’s transportation system in a political action. That’s why we have no jobs, we’re fighting three wars now, commodities are unaffordable, taxes are too hight for middle income people, while corporations pay no taxes, and the educational system sucks. I was never a big union proponent until I realized that when people unite in Europe they can so bottle things up that their government has to listen to their grievances. People here are so caught up in reality television and the NFL they could care less that the middle class is dissolving before our eyes and greedy corporations are slowly eroding our independence, all as we doze in front of our HDTVs. Cue the haters!

  10. @endzonezombie – thank you for proving my point by resorting to ad hominems rather than addressing the merits of my argument.

    I love football and would have greatly preferred if both the owners and the players (and, what the hell, the coaches) had actually tried to negotiate rather than wait until the inevitable court date. However, neither side actually tried to work things out at the bargaining table. I hope that this does get worked out and we get a full season, so my Green Bay Packers can defend their title (I can still remember the disappointment of the defending champ 1997 Packers losing the Super Bowl shootout between Brett Favre and John Elway).

    The NFLPA(*) is as responsible for the work stoppage as the owners. Larry Kennan’s condescending defence of his brief as being somehow representative of the interests of the coaches he clearly never bothered to consult with is a sign of supreme arrogance and contributes to the “thick as theives” stereotypical view of unions/bargaining organizations and their leadership.

    It is the comments Kennan made and his failure to acknowledge his error, as well as his refusal to disclose his (nonexistant, I believe) consultation process, that implied that he is simply an ideologue who instinctively knew what his constituents need without having to bother with consultation. By representing to the 8th circuit that he represented the views of coaches who clearly were never consulted, Kennan was behaving deceptively at best or dishonestly at worst.

    I wouldn’t accept this type of nonsense from a politician; coaches shouldn’t have to accept this type of garbage from their “representatives”. It is this failure of leadership to consider the views of membership that lowers the esteem of unions and the like in the eyes of the public and creates the perception of the Almighty Union that exists only to perpetuate its own existence and doesn’t care any more about individual workers than the owners that it purports to oppose.

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