NFL Lockout Watch, Day 83: More Coaches Opposed To NFLCA Filing
The Jaguars yesterday became the latest NFL coaching staff to reveal that they "weren't informed the NFL Coaches' Association was filing a brief supporting the players' bid to end the lockout," according to Vito Stellino of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said, "I checked with our guys and not one member of our coaching staff had knowledge of last week's brief filed by the Coaches' Association prior to the news breaking. None were consulted or involved in any way. This action was taken without approval. Heck, it wasn't even mentioned to any of us." The Redskins and Saints previously said that they were not aware of the NFLCA filing. NFLCA Exec Dir Larry Kennan said that it "must have been an oversight because all the staffs were supposed to be notified" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 6/2). Chiefs coach Todd Haley yesterday also sought to "distance himself and his staff" from the NFLCA filing. Haley said, "In talking to all of our guys, there was a great deal of surprise this was filed on their behalf. Nobody was aware that it was going to happen. This was not on behalf of the coaches" (K.C. STAR, 6/2). Rams GM Billy Devaney noted that his coaching staff "knew nothing about" the NFLCA brief. Devaney: "They were surprised by this being filed. They assured me that they weren't informed or consulted about it" (STLTODAY.com, 6/1). Texans coach Gary Kubiak: "The brief didn’t reflect the views of our coaching staff. We support our organization" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/2).