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NFL assistants fighting for better benefits

Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:11 am
The players and owners had their battle and now it's the NFL's assistant coaches are looking for better pay and benefits.

I've learned the National Football League Coaches Association, headed by former coach Larry Kennan, one of the most respected voices in the NFL coaching community, could soon begin a major push with owners to better the benefits situation with the league's assistant coaches.

Kennan recently distributed this notice to the NFL's coaches as a reminder of what the NFLCA has done and also what's left to be done. Some of what the coaches are looking for is indeed interesting:

1. The coaches want a better pension.

2. A dollar for dollar matching 401(k).

3. Currently, assistant coaches have a team by team health care, the NFLCA says. The packages differ and the NFLCA wants a unified plan for all coaches.

4. Kennan says coaches cannot have access to their benefit plan until six months after they retire. They want it to be immediate.

5. Teams insert clauses into many coaching contracts that prevents them from discussing their salaries. The NFLCA says that is done to prevent salaries from increasing and is in direct opposition to a free market system.

6. Some teams refuse to talk with a coach's agent choosing to only speak with the coach. This, the NFLCA says, is a way of maintaining leverage.

7. Coaches under contract are not allowed to talk with another team for a similar position, the NFLCA says, only a head coaching position.

Some of these rules are a tad draconian and while there's no question that coaches are making good money they are--especially lower level assistant coaches -- still missing out on the great sums of monies the NFL is raking in.

The players had their turn. Now the coaches want theirs.
Category: NFL
Tags: coaches

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:57 pm

NFL assistants fighting for better benefits

I understand #3...if I had to see the quality of heath care being afforded to the other people I work with, I would want that as well.  Yes, the Obama plan will cover these people in 2014, however I think they are looking for better quality health care than that.  With almost half of my family in health care, I have learned that there is a MAJOR difference in the quality of care given in the medical industry.  It really is just like anything else, the more money you have, the better the service.  Being an assistant coach and getting to see, hear, and deal with the medical industry EXPERTS that the players get to use, I would want a similar level of care as well....So would you, unless you are dumb.  

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:55 pm

Mo Money

to get more money and better benefits, maybe the assistant coaches should go on strike.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:46 pm

NFL fans should also fight for better benefits

If a fan watches an NFL game on cable or in person and they are not satisfied with the performance of the players then they are entitled to ask for their money back. Obviously, fans cannot ask for their money back if teams don't win enough....because if that was the case the Bengals and Lions would never make any money!

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:39 pm

NFL assistants fighting for better benefits

5 - 7 seem like reasonable requests

7 Most certainly isn't.  Let's not forget the words coaches under contract.  These aren't at-will employees like most of our jobs.

It's a contract agreement that both parties entered into and it is an obligation that must be fulfilled.  This isn't even like the players who can be waived, effectively terminating their contracts.  If a coach is fired they are paid their full salary unless they find another job, in that case they are paid the difference between the two salaries.

It's a courtesy to let them interview for head coaching jobs.  There is zero obligation to release them from their contracts.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:36 pm
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Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:28 pm

NFL assistants fighting for better benefits

5 - 7 seem like reasonable requests.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:40 am

NFL assistants fighting for better benefits

As much as I hate to admit this... Assistant Coaches have zero leverage in this because there is an unlimited supply of guys that would jump at the opporunity to coach in the NFL. No they might not be of the same quality or caliber but hey... don't think for one second NFL Owners will budge even an inch on this issue. I mean come on Coaches... you make this demand on the heels of the completion of the highly contentious CBA negotiations? Not good planning... in fact it was really stupid.

Not saying the Assistants don't deserve everything they're asking for... I'm just sayin'.   

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:22 am

NFL assistants fighting for better benefits

This is stupid. The NFLCA is not a real Union, not all coaches are members, joining is not required to coach, the Coaches are not NFL employees like players, they are Team employees so there is no (need for) Collective Bargaining agreement. And Larry Kennan is a joke.

But this:

7. Coaches under contract are not allowed to talk with another team for a similar position, the NFLCA says, only a head coaching position.

Is complete crap. Assistant coaches and Coordinators can interview with other teams if the position is not lateral. Any promotion (outside of a situation where the Team's season is still in play) earns any coach or assistance an interview.

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