NFL players and coaches have been limited in the time they can interact with one another since the 2011 CBA and some NFL coaches are unhappy with the new rules. Baltimore Ravens HC John Harbaugh made it clear how he felt.
“This is not the NCAA,” Harbaugh said. “This is not recruiting. These are our guys. We want what’s best for our players. That’s what’s good for the league. That’s what good for these young men. And that’s what they want. . . .
“They want to go see their position coach. They want to learn football. It’s their craft. And we’re saying, ‘No, you can’t do it?’ Why? Because of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that makes no sense? Because somebody wanted to get their little win here vs. their little win over there? Get together and do what’s best for these players, and it’s about time that somebody stepped to the plate and realized that and [took] the politics out of it.”-ProFootballTalk.com
Harbaugh makes good points, NFL players shouldn’t be discouraged from perfecting their craft in familiar environments but the rules are in place for a reason. The CBA is designed so that teams can’t force players into voluntary offseason workouts that we all know are pretty far from voluntary.