The league is claiming that the Dallas Cowboys are under investigation for contacting players during the work stoppage. NFL.com is reporting that the Cowboys are among five NFL teams that are being fined or warned for communicating with their players during the lockout.
Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the report that the Cowboys, Dolphins, Browns, and 49ers are all under investigation for violating the rule. The rule states that during the lockout period the 32 NFL teams are to have no contact with the players. Players cannot negotiate contracts or use team facilities. Of the 5 teams that are rumored to be involved, the four mentioned all have new head coaches or new coordinators.
The Cowboys are being investigated because of a report that came out saying that new defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, was visiting with players helping them get a head start on picking up his new defensive system. Picking up a new system is difficult, especially during a work stoppage. While the Cowboys have had the benefit of playing in the 3-4 system for the last 6 seasons, it is still a new terminology and approach that they need to pick up.
The Cowboys are expected to find out in the next week if they will receive a fine or a warning from the league. If it is just a fine, it may be worth paying if it helps some of the players pick the system up. Although, not knowing what the fine will be, maybe it won’t be worth it.