Last week, the NFL Coaches Association filed a brief with the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals stating its support of the players, and their attempts to have the lockout lifted. Only problem is, apparently, many NFL coaching staffs did not sign off on the brief and have since come out in support of the other side--the owners.
The original brief filed by the NFLCA’s lawyers read, "To meet management's expectations, coaches need adequate time in the offseason to prepare their players for the season ahead. The lockout has already interfered with the coaches' offseason plans for their players, and each day lost in preparing for the season further diminishes coaches' opportunities to prove themselves and advance their career."
This group who has since denied their endorsement of the letter includes the Redskins’ coaching staff, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jack Del Rio, Saints linebackers coach Joe Vitt, and yes, the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff. Passing game coordinator/tight ends coach John Garrett signed a responsive brief, filed on Wednesday.
“The Dallas Cowboys' coaching staff did not approve of the brief filed with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals by the National Football League Coaches Association,” the brief says, per the Dallas Morning News. “We did not provide [NFLCA Executive Director] Larry Kennan with the authority to file such brief on our behalf and do not agree with the brief's position. Like everyone involved in the NFL, we are looking forward to a new CBA and the start of the 2011 NFL season.”
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