SBD/March 7, 2011/Franchises

NFL Labor Watch: Teams Vary On Approach To Coaches' Salaries In Event Of Lockout

Kennan objects to pay cuts Jets coaches would face
The fact that Jets coaches "will get hit with a 25 percent pay cut, starting almost immediately," in the event of a lockout "doesn't sit well with" NFL Coaches Association Staff Dir Larry Kennan, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN N.Y. Kennan: "That's very harsh compared to other teams in the league." Kennan said that "fewer than 10 teams are planning to institute pay cuts that severe" (ESPNNY.com, 3/4). Kennan: "There are probably two to three teams in the league who treat their employees very well, and a third of the teams don't treat them as well as we would like." Bears President Ted Phillips Friday said that while the "overwhelming majority of NFL coaches will be forced to accept pay cuts in the event of a labor stoppage, Bears assistants have been assured their pay won't be docked unless a lockout forces NFL games to be canceled." Phillips: "We're having no layoffs, no furloughs, no pay cuts until we actually miss games" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/5).

BUSINESS AS USUAL: Dolphins CEO Mike Dee indicated that team employees and coaches "won't be furloughed, fired or asked to take pay cuts during a work stoppage." Dee: "That is our plan for the near term. We've communicated openly with our staff that we see it as being business as usual for the moment. We're taking this one month at a time, one week at a time, event." He added, "Our strategy as an organization is to conduct business as usual for now. While any labor impasse obviously carries material consequences in the short term, the regular season doesn’t start for another six months. There’s a lot of time between now and then. … If we get further down the road and it looks like things could be prolonged or it looks like there’s an onerous threat to the season, we will be prepared to cross that bridge when we come to it. Obviously, you’d have to make the appropriate adjustments" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/6).

LEARNING CURVE: New 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said of a potential lockout, "You could say that maybe it's a disadvantage for us. We haven't given our players any type of a playbook and they don't know what our schemes are." NFL Draft prospect QB Greg McElroy added, "It doesn't help you. With no minicamp, no OTA's, it's going to hurt you. It's going to leave you behind" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/6). SI.com's Peter King writes one thing he is "starting to hear teams be concerned about -- if they can't keep in touch with players or monitor their offseason workout regimen -- is a sort of withholding of aerobic conditioning by some players -- something that in the event of a long job action could affect the preparedness of players early in a new season." National Football Post President and ESPN analyst Andrew Brandt: "I can tell you that medical people at the Scouting Combine were scared about their players doing rehab. Now players won't rehab in their facilities or with their team doctors" (SI.com, 3/7).
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