Three weeks ago, sports lawyer David Cornwell sent a memo to players and agents urging serious consideration of the replacement of NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith. Cornwell is now the Executive Director of the NFL Coaches Association, a group that previously shared space and employees with the NFLPA.
So things could get a little awkward.
But the NFLPA is commendably taking the high road."The NFLPA congratulates David Cornwell and the NFL Coaches Association on their selection,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah (pictured) said in a statement emailed to PFT moments before we welcomed Cornwell back to PFT Live. “We have informed the Association that we will assist them in a smooth transition and provide administrative support, if necessary.”
In response, Cornwell expressed a desire to work with the NFLPA on issues common to players and coaches during his visit to PFT Live. Cornwell also discussed some of the areas in which he hopes to help the coaches, including pension benefits, standardization of contract language, and the proper inclusion of coaches in the coming decade of financial growth of the sport.
Cornwell also said that unionization of the coaches isn’t currently on the radar. And that makes sense. The coaches typically are reluctant to support unionization, since they naturally fear that doing so could limit the opportunity to realize the dream they all share: Becoming a head coach in the NFL.