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Friday, January 21, 2011
Video: NFC West coaching turnover

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

NFL players aren't the only ones team owners would lock out if the league fails to secure a collective bargaining agreement this offseason.

Assistant coaches could be on the outside, too.

The subject came to mind this week while NFC West teams shuffled their staffs.

Seattle lost a few assistants to the college ranks, where a lockout isn't a threat. San Francisco drew from the college game in filling out its staff (while also bringing back Tom Rathman, Mike Solari, Ray Brown and Jim Tomsula, the team announced Friday). Arizona reportedly sat back and waited for the NFL playoffs to end for teams with candidates to become their defensive coordinator.

I do not think a potential lockout is a pivotal factor for most coaches deciding whether to take NFL jobs or head to/stay in the college ranks. I do think labor uncertainty plays a role, however, even though some assistants can earn back lost wages if there's labor peace in time for the regular season.

How could the situation be affecting NFC West teams? Cue the video.