Everyone knows that if you pull Dan Sndyer's finger, he farts money. Players love him for his farts. Dan Snyder is always willing to shelter the malingerer and the malcontent and reward them handsomely for modeling street clothes on the sidelines. But Dan Snyder also enjoys hurling money at his coaches, which would seem not to be the worst thing. Until it backfires, as this hotel doorstop newspaper reports:
Simmering resentment and growing dissatisfaction with some owners eventually might lead to unionization of assistant coaches, Larry Kennan, the executive director of the NFL Coaches Association, told USA TODAY. The rattling of that labor saber is not new, but more assistants are unhappy these days because teams have reduced benefits, including several eliminating what were once mandatory league pensions, Kennan said....
Salaries for all coaches have escalated dramatically during the last decade - faster than that of players - and especially so for assistants. Coaches and agents now regularly share contract information to give them more leverage in negotiations with teams.
One NFL owner who helped fuel the rise in compensation for assistants is Dan Snyder of the Washington Redskins. For years, the franchise boasted the highest-paid set of assistants - including multiple coaches who had yearly seven-figure deals - in the history of sports.
The take-away here is that Dan Snyder has unwittingly fueled a labor movement that now competes with Dan Snyder's own interests. Dan Snyder: a friend to workers around the world.
If you would like to start a fund to help impoverished assistant coaches, go ahead. For now, though, we'd suggest you donate a few alms to the Washington City Paper's legal defense fund.