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Vikings, Bills coaches disavow NFLCA brief, too

Leslie Frazier

Minnesota Vikings new head football coach Leslie Frazier addresses the media Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 in Eden Prairie, Minn., after he was announced as coach of the NFL team. He becomes the Vikings’ eighth head coach in the team’s 50 year history. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


At some point in the not-too-distant future, it could be easier to list the teams whose coaches haven’t disavowed the “friend of the court” brief filed by the NFL Coaches Association in support of the players’ effort to lift the lockout. At some point, that list could consist of no teams.

The roster of coaching staffs expressing disagreement with the NFLCA brief has grown to 12 teams, with the addition of the Bills and the Vikings.

“Our entire staff had no prior knowledge, nor were we consulted that the amicus brief was being filed on behalf of the coaches,” Bills offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said, per the Buffalo News. “We support Mr. Wilson. Our focus is on our preparation for the 2011 season.”

Ditto for Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. “We weren’t contacted by the coaches association,” Frazier said, per Tom Pelissero of “We’re going to always be supportive of our management. We’ve got great management here in Minnesota. The Wilf family has been terrific for our employees.”

By all appearances, NFLCA executive director Larry Kennan decided it would be easier to seek forgiveness than permission. Based on how things have been going in the wake of the filing, Kennan eventually could be seeking unemployment compensation.