The NFL’s head coaches have officially joined the labor discussion, and they’re not happy about the potential impact of the impasse on their jobs.
In a brief filed on Wednesday in the name of the NFL Coaches’ Association, a number of valid points are brought forth, outlining the precarious position many coaches will be put in if the lockout continues into the summer and beyond--and argues that, if this indeed happens, coaches will be dealt “irreparable harm.”
The brief makes mention of coaches’ inability to contact players during the lockout, as well as the league’s policy which allows coaches’ salaries to be cut in the time of a work stoppage.
Perhaps the strongest point brought forth concerns coaches’ job security, in the culture of the “win-now-or-else” NFL.
"Coaches who cannot produce immediate results suffer irreparable harm,” the file reads, per Yahoo! Sports. “They must uproot their families to seek employment elsewhere, and they have difficulty overcoming the perception of failure. The hours and effort demanded of assistant coaches are justified only by the prospect of lucrative and stable employment that follows proven success. Failure at an early stage of one's career, however, can falter career aspirations for many subsequent years."
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