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Lockout rules being broken by teams..... Shocking!!!

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, May 9, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    Report: Assistant coaches, players in regular contact during lockout
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on May 9, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT


    Make sure you are sitting down before you read the following breaking news: NFL coaches are not following the rules of the lockout.

    Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that assistant coaches and players across the league have been keeping in close contact regarding workouts, often with weekly chats.

    He recalls seeing one player have a 20 minute conversation with a coach. Others have kept in touch via Twitter (direct message), texts, Skype phone calls, and email. Some coaches have even joined players at their homes to watch game film. Others reportedly have faxed plays to players.

    Some conversations are casual, but others focus on what the players are doing to prepare for the season.

    It sends a mixed message for the players to work with the coaches, but the reality is that labor unity isn’t necessarily the top priority for most players.

    “Eventually we’ll have football again. All that matters to me is who is ready and who isn’t,” one player told Freeman.

    Freeman says that roughly 25% of the league’s players are keeping touch with assistant coaches. Head coaches appear to be letting their assistants do the work to keep some distance while breaking the rules.

    This news should surprise absolutely no one. In a $9 billion industry, both sides (players and coaches) are going to do what they can to get ahead while the labor uncertainty boils.

    A story like this supports my belief that getting playbooks distributed won’t remotely be a problem for teams. Once a few players have the playbook, the rest will get it whether it is from coaches or teammates. Who is going to stop them?

    We doubt the phone conversations will stop either.
     
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    League monitoring coach-player contact in “various ways”
    Posted by Mike Florio on May 9, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT


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    Earlier today, Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reported that players and assistant coaches have been in regular contact during the lockout, despite clear orders against having such communications.

    While tracking down a similar rumor (unconfirmed at this point), relating specifically to the presence of an assistant coach at player-organized workouts, we asked the league whether efforts are being made to actively police the possibility of prohibited contact.

    “We are monitoring activities in various ways,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via e-mail over the weekend. “Sorry but we are not going into detail.”

    Freeman’s report suggests that there are many possible avenues, especially if coaches are using direct messages on Twitter and other electronic methods for which there would be electronic footprints. The bigger question is whether the league truly wants to catch anyone who is breaking the rules. Supposedly, violators will be fired with cause, which means without pay. But what team is going to cut loose a valued member of the staff who is merely trying to help make the team more competitive?

    Thus, we think the same hear/see/speak no evil approach that the league typically applies to matters such as tampering will apply here.

    If the league office wants to prove us wrong by nailing someone who is violating the rules and insisting that his team fire the coach with cause, we’re fine with that, too.
     
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    Uh-oh .... the NFL has unmanned drones. haha
     
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