We stand united with our ownership and the brief does not reflect our thoughts on the matter. We, like everybody else, are hopeful we can return to playing football.Breer later tweeted why he thought the Redskins' staff did this:
I do think that a big part of the Redskins coaches' problem here is that they weren't consulted first ... Which is understandable.Since he also holds the title "Executive Vice President" in addition to head coach, Mike Shanahan is considered to be part of management and did not sign the letter, according to Breer. Update: Here is the full text of the statement:
The Washington Redskins' coaching staff has not given its backing to the brief filed with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the National Football League Coaches Association. Our former representative, Kirk Olivadotti, is no longer with the organization and no member of our coaching staff was consulted prior to this action being taken. We stand united with our ownership and the brief does not reflect our thoughts on the matter. We, like everyone else, are hopeful that we can return to playing football. We look forward to a new CBA and welcoming back our players as soon as possible.Update 2: See a PDF copy of the letter with signatures here. Interesting to see if any other coaching staffs follow suit.