Del Rio: No knowledge of statement
The Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff distanced itself Wednesday from a court brief filed last week by the NFL Coaches Association.
Coach Jack Del Rio said his staff had no knowledge of the statement, which supported the players in the NFL's labor dispute.
''I checked with our guys and not one member of our coaching staff had knowledge of last week's brief filed by the Coaches Association prior to the news breaking,'' Del Rio said. ''None were consulted or involved in any way. This action was taken without approval. Heck, it wasn't even mentioned to any of us.
''We just hope that this all gets resolved soon so we can get back to coaching up our guys.''
The Washington Redskins coaching staff released a similar statement last week in response to NFL Coaches Association court filing.
The NFLCA did not identify any individual coaches in its brief to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
''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.''