In a new development, the associated press has reported that the Redskins coaching staff has sided with ownership in the NFL labor dispute, as opposed to the players. A part of the AP article as found at www.cnnsi.com follows.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins coaching staff distanced itself from other coaches Thursday by siding with ownership — and not the players — in the NFL’s labor dispute.
The Redskins released a statement signed by all 17 of the team’s assistant coaches. The statement was a response to a court brief in support of the players filed Wednesday by the NFL Coaches Association.
“We stand united with our ownership, and the brief does not reflect our thoughts on the matter,” the statement said. “We, like everyone else, are hopeful that we can return to playing football. We look forward to a new (collective bargaining agreement), and welcoming back our players as soon as possible.”
Head coach Mike Shanahan did not sign the statement. He is also the team’s executive vice president and therefore considered to be part of management.
Does the fact that Mike Shanahan is considered part of management have anything to do with the rest of the coaches’ decisions? Who knows, but this move should leave a somewhat sour taste in the mouths of veteran Redskins players. You would expect that as a player the coaches would have your back; however this is not the case in the Nation’s capitol.