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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5 Responses to “Strange scenes as March 4 looms”

  1. By mwindle1973 on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not calling Zimmer a liar, but I don’t believe for one second that they are not looking at tape and grading Bowers and Petersen. He just didn’t want tot alk about that, he wantedt o go on a tangent about the D sucking last year. It’s real simple really. They have to research and grade every top prospect even if they have no intention on picking them. Because thy have to make a draft board and take a guess at where that player is going to go. Lewis just covered this when talking about the QBs the other day. Is there an offensive player worthy of the 10th pick let alone the 4th. Look at the mocks. Your going to be lucky to see one QB, a WR and an OT go in the first 14 picks. Well it looks like the door is back open now on picking for need instead of talent. You don’t fill needs in the draft period! Good team don’t do it. The draft is where you pick up young talent to develop and fill your roster without spending and arm and a leg and betting the farm while your at it.

  2. By mwindle1973 on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry about the Zimmer rant, but I thought it was an interview about the draft. I understand we sucked on D last year and everyone is to blame. I watched the whole season too. But when I looked at that article and read the first sentence, “all indications are this is going to be an offensive draft for the Bengals”, I seen red. The top 6 prospects in the draft are D players. And honestly it would be worse but some offensive players are making higher rankings on the prospect list for no other reason than the D dominace. The first OT shows up ranked #13 right now. THe first RB is #15. For the love of reaching for QBs can’t we just for once draft a difference maker on defense? And also can we knock off the assumption that we are picking offense in the first 2 rounds, because Zimmer blows off and says he hasn’t watched tape on a couple guys?

  3. By 2ndboot on Mar 2, 2011 | Reply

    You gotta admit Zimmer is talking like he’s been Bungalized like every other coach the Brown regime has ever had. I sometimes wonder if the first thing they do is tie him to to chair in a cell and use electric prods on them before they actually coach anyone.. Look out Jon…your turn is coming with the Brown dumbing down routine and any day I expect his bright star to become a mere dull brown glow from the vast reaches of Browndom..
    Come draft day.. This guy has issues and injuries? Pick him #4.. Oh here’s another who won’t fit anywhere else,.and on and on…
    What do you want fans? Brown is a billionaire and we are not so we’ll never get our wishes from that megalomania gang of thieves.

  4. By 2ndboot on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    OK..I was harsh on Mikey and I admit it.. I still respect him anyway even though you wouldn’t know it from that rant, but another perspective I’ve seen little of it against the CBA and players. Now we see a league minimum of $300.000 and that can be everyone from a big star to a player who never sees the field for 3 years. I hope the owners lock them all out, tell them their salaries have all been chopped to 1/10th, take it or leave it. Of course i have no love lost for billionaire owners either, but to players fair is fair. The average fan can barely feed his kids. NO PLAYER in the NFL has to apply for foodstamps and worry about next months heat bill so my sympathy is between the common phrase for manure and syphilis. Get real will ya? While millions starve and people eking out a living for less than $2 a day and getting their heads blown off in the middle east we have millionaires and billionaires plying for out sympathies.Get this clue NFL players and owners ain’t workin on me. I hope you both starve. It’ll serve you right.

  5. By mwindle1973 on Mar 5, 2011 | Reply

    Agreed 2ndboot. I’ve never had one bad thing to say about ZIm until now. BUt that rant still has me wondering what is going on inside of Bengaldom. I just don’t know what to make of his comments about picking a defender at #4. Is he not interested? DOes he already know that we aren’t. If so then I’d be just as pissed as he is. Was he just using the opportuinity to make a point about how disappointed he was in his D’s performance? Patrick Petersen (CB), Da’ Quan Bowers (DE), Marcell Dareus (DT), Nick Fairley (DT) & Robert Quinn (DE). These 5 guys are better than any O player in the draft. AJ Green (WR) is the only offensive player who could fit in the top 5. But WR is the riskiest pick you can make other than QB. THe safest would be Dline or Oline. There are some good OTs in the draft. BUt IDK if one will rise above the 8-10th pick range. Please someone offer us a trade down before we pick Cam Newton!

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