NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Jets have joined several other NFL teams who have said they were unaware of and don’t support a brief filed by the NFL Coaches Association that sided with the players against the owners.
“I spoke with the coaches about it,” New York coach Rex Ryan said in a statement Thursday. “The thing I can say about it is none of our guys knew anything about it. It kind of came out of left field on us.”
He added: “Nobody knew it was filed and nobody approved it being filed, so that’s where it is.”
The NFL Coaches Association filed the brief in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on May 25 saying that the lockout is putting their jobs in jeopardy.
The NFLCA did not identify any individual coaches.
“Owners and fans increasingly demand immediate success,” the NFLCA lawyers wrote in the brief, “and coaches whose teams cannot fulfill such severe expectations face likely dismissal, which means the uprooting of families, economic dislocation, and a significantly less promising career path.”
Ryan’s statement was similar to those issued by Philadelphia, Buffalo, Washington and Jacksonville.
Should these teams be distancing themselves from the brief? Sound off in the comments below…
(TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)