Blog Entry

The NFL lockout

Posted on: March 12, 2011 2:20 pm
So whos happy about this?  I know i'm not. I would rather switch to baseball or even basketball now that it seems to be getting on track again. Whichever is the most stable sport I think. Why should I get all interested in basketball when its about to get as ugly as the NFL is right now? The answer is I shouldnt. 
It pisses me off to see these millionares and billionares arguing over money. They are both greedy and they are both trying to hide things. Just split it down the middle and move on! Why do we, the fans have to go through potentially missing football because you guys cant have enough money in your pockets?
Please for the fans, come to a decision without thinking about the money. just bring back football.
Category: NFL

Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:33 pm

The NFL lockout is over now the rush starts!!!!

Now that the NFL lockout is over, it’s time to look at the real issues of the day, or at least of the season. Here’s a look at the top 10 issues facing the NFL as we head toward the start of free agency and training camp:
Kolb is all but delivered to Arizona barring a massive offer to trump what the Cardinals are about to give up. After that, Hasselbeck is probably headed for Tennessee and McNabb could end up in Minnesota, although that’s tenuous. Orton is the least likely to move and still has a good shot to remain the starter in Denver because  still has much to learn.

This isn’t as bad as you might think considering that roughly 500 of them will be draft picks and undrafted rookies whose contracts are fairly standard. However, the fact that so much work has to be done before everyone reports to camp by Sunday will make for one frenetic week. It will be fast, furious and fun. Cell phones will have to be charged constantly.

While the focus will be on the star players on the market, such as, and, the interesting part will be to see which teams or players panic and sign either too early or for too little money under the rushed circumstances.

 That will be the big question facing a number of veteran players in free agency. They will have to quickly decide if it’s better to stay with previous team, where they likely will know the system and the coaching staff, thus allowing them to play their best on short notice. Or will players risk changing teams and going to a new place, where picking up the system may be hard and where a new set of coaches will not know them as well. While that won’t be a problem for the top players in free agency, it will weigh significantly on the middle class of the league.

 Conversely, teams will have to measure short-term and long-term needs more than ever this season when they choose between veteran players who know how to play and rookies who have little or no clue. This will be a particularly difficult problem for teams that think they have to a chance to make a playoff run this season. Expect at least three or four teams to go heavy with a number of veterans on one- or two-year contracts.

  owner Jim Irsay keeps believing he’ll get a discount from Manning on a long-term deal, something in the area of $22 million a year.

Sorry, ain’t happening.

The richest deal in the history of the league is going to be just that. Manning is currently due $23.6 million next season as a franchise player. If Manning refuses to sign a long-term deal, the Colts will have to franchise him again. Under that scenario, Manning could make between $80 and $85 million over the next three seasons.

There is no incentive for Manning to take a serious discount off that figure. Though there have been reports that offseason neck surgery could sideline him during the start of camp, Irsay has publicly expressed no concerns. We’ll see if it has any bearing on contract talks.

 After more than seven months of waiting, the eight new head coaches (Ron Rivera in Carolina, Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco, Hue Jackson in Oakland, John Fox in Denver, Mike Munchak in Tennessee, Jason Garrett in Dallas, Pat Shurmur in Cleveland and Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier) will finally get to start working with their teams.

Frazier and Garrett have a head start, having taken over on an interim basis last year. And Jackson was previously the Raiders’ offensive coordinator. However, each of these coaches have a lot to do in a very short amount of time.

 For the 254 guys who got drafted (and another 250 or so who will get signed), training camp is going to be a blur.

The hard part will not only be getting them into football condition physically, but getting them mentally ready to handle even a limited amount of the game plan. For quarterbacks, this offseason has been a disaster.

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