Strange scenes as March 4 looms

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on February 28, 2011 – 1:39 pm

If March 4 comes and goes without a collective bargaining agreement, we’re going to see some strange things when the NFL wanders into the Land of the Lockout.

We already have.

How about this scene from a hotel lobby at the NFL scouting combine?

When a coach was asked how the lockout is going to impact his implementation of upgrades on his side of the ball, he pulled a page out of his notebook and read straight from the Talking Points Handbook:

“Our job is to have the team ready and that’s what we’re going to do within league rules and that’s what we are working towards. We will plan for all scenarios and be ready to go. We have plans in place and are ready to go no matter what.”

Or, how about this?

Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth going out to dinner with offensive line coach Paul Alexander knowing that could be their last supper for awhile. Once March 4 comes, players and coaches can’t talk if The Iron Curtain falls.

More lockout fallout:

Injured players can’t rehab with club personnel, playbooks and revisions can’t be sent to players, and teams can only add players through the draft.

For instance, the Bengals don’t truly know if their prime free agent, cornerback Johnathan Joseph, is going to be a free agent. If the lockout goes long enough, or somehow they extend the same system in which only six-year players are free agents, Joseph becomes a fifth-year restricted free agent.


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