Rivera Knew Nothing of the Brief Filed by the Coaches Last Week

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera says his staff had no knowledge of the amicus brief filed by the NFL Coaches Association in support of the players on May 25, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

“The brief filed by the NFL Coaches Association was done so without any knowledge of the Carolina Panthers coaches,” Rivera said in a statement released on Thursday. “The Panthers coaches did not approve the filing and do not agree with it and continue their work in preparing for the 2011 season.”

As a first-year coaching staff, the Panthers represent the kind of staff the NFLCA’s brief argued would suffer irreparable harm if the lockout was not lifted.

“The coaches, especially assistant coaches and especially those on new coaching staffs, are threatened with irreparable harm if the lockout continues,” the brief states.

In addition to the Panthers, coaches for the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans have spoken out against the brief, and expressed their support of ownership.

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