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Assistant coaches will discuss unionizing

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a news conference before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, in Minneapolis. The game is being played at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium because of damage to the Metrodome roof. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)


The NFL Players’ Association isn’t the only union owners could soon find themselves dealing with.

On The NFL Today, Charley Casserly reported that all of the coaches from around the league will meet at the scouting combine in Indianapolis to take a straw poll to gauge interest in forming a coaches’ union.

The idea for coaches to unionize has been discussed before. A source told PFT in 2009 that the NFL was running the risk of motivating the coaches to form a union by allowing teams to pull out of the league-run pension plan. Casserly said that the unionizing discussion at the combine would focus only on assistant coaches. Head coaches wouldn’t be part of the proposed union and coordinators might not be either.

One reason coaches have resisted forming a union in the past is that a coach who’s seen as a union ringleader might have a tough time getting a job. Casserly said there’s another risk to coaches if they consider unionizing: The owners may respond by proposing a salary cap for coaching staffs.