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More signs lockout nearly over

Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 11:09 am
 
It looks more and more as if the NFL lockout is winding down.

Amid reports that an agreement could be reached as early as this week, a head coach on Monday morning said he's been told July 21 is the key date -- with owners expected to meet to ratify a new deal -- while a source with another club said he and members of the team's staff have been notified that training camp will open without a hitch.

You heard me: Without a hitch, meaning that, barring an unforseen obstacle, it will not be delayed and will open in late July. I'd say that's a pretty clear indication the lockout is on life support.

All that is consistent with what coaches were told a month ago. When I canvassed several of them then they said they were notified that a deal could be reached by mid-to-late July, and, yep, I'd say July 21 qualifies. If that happens, it allows clubs to open training camps either on time or close to it, as well as giving them time to sign free agents.

The problem, of course, is that without mini-camps and OTAs the evaluations of players has been severely curtailed, penalizing new coaching staffs. New coaching staffs with new quarterbacks are especially hurt, but you knew that would happen once the lockout went into the summer.

Bottom line: It appears there will be football, and football without games being missed.



Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:08 am
 

More signs lockout nearly over

Darn! I was looking forward to college football filling up both Sat & Sun.



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 4:34 pm
 

praise jesus

i guess i can stop brushing up on fantasy hockey info



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:46 pm
 

More signs lockout nearly over

I see a rash of injuries coming.  The fact that players are working out on their own is good but not being around the trainers and coaches has put alot of players in jepardy.  Not to mention teams that have new qb's and coaches that have to install new offenses.  I'm going with veterans and teams that are still intact from last year as far as fantasy football goes.  It is going to be interesting to see how well teams prepare in a short amout of time before the season starts.  The NFL treadmill goes 100 miles per hour and doesn't stop for unprepared players.  Good luck rookies because you are at a big disadvantage.Cool



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:43 pm
 

More signs lockout nearly over

YAY! Why can't they just do it today? Why do they have to wait til Next Thursday?



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:24 pm
 

More signs lockout nearly over

Opening training camp on July 21st, or soon thereafter, may still affect the Hall of Fame game which is to be played on August 7th.  That is cutting things VERY close and there could be some major injuries from it.  2 weeks is just not enough time for players to be ready to play "real full contact football".



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:23 pm
 

More signs lockout nearly over

GET ER DONE!!!



Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:12 pm
 

More signs lockout nearly over

Well, lets hope for common sense and gratitude rather than ignorance and greed.  Now that was an ignorant statement!  My baaaaaaad :(




Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:57 pm
 

More signs lockout nearly over

haha oops sorry, thought you were bashing on Judge.  I should learn to read Undecided



Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:55 pm
 

More signs lockout nearly over

Yes he does, it's called journalism and when you are a national columnist for one of the largest press organizations in the world (i.e. Clark Judge) coaches, players and reps return your calls.  As do owners.  Moreover, this July 21st date is being reported by more than one source now.



Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: July 11, 2011 1:39 pm
 

More signs lockout nearly over

And you "know" all this how exactly?  You speak with coaches regularly?  Players? Owners and reps?


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