Today, the NFL and players started talks again. Also today, the 8th US Circuit of Appeals announced that the Lockout should be in play until the full appeal is declared legal.
The 2011 football season’s hopes just shattered. Currently, it doesn’t look like there is going to be an NFL season this year. The opposite of what most people wanted- but it looks like the owners are fighting against football.
The players want a season so badly. So do the fans. But it appears as if the NFL is being reluctant against a new CBA.
That will get them nowhere.
And they’re not going anywhere right now.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talked with the 5,100 Denver Broncos season ticket holders via telephone. The call lasted thirty minutes.
- Goodell talked about was that how he’s trying to make hip, thigh, and knee pads mandatory
- Goodell said that he knows that the NFL will lose fans, sponsors, etc. because of the Lockout
- Goodell also said that he understands the fans’ frustration
- Some fans were borderline about sending in a check to purchase their season tickets because there hasn’t been any recent progress and because of the season’s uncertainty
There hasn’t been any recent talks and no progress. This makes it tough for the fans because they want to know if there will or won’t be football.
And it might be a while before they know the answer to that question.
S Brian Dawkins had his first workout on Tuesday, and the second today. The bone-crunching, hard-hitting defender had two more players show up today: RB LenDale White and long-time retired WR Rod Smith. There were around fifteen players in today’s workout crew. There is a “around” in that sentence because there are reasons that Smith can fit in the players category and there are reasons against it. Nonetheless, Dawkins got a pretty good showing today. The media was also there today.
Obviously, there were no coaches and front office workers since of the Lockout.
Oh, the horror of the Lockout.
But focusing on the positives of the offseason, Broncos are looking to improve from their 3-13 record last year. Nowhere to go but up, as the saying goes. So, up, up, and away!
One Eagle Quarterback posted phenomenal numbers. Two other Eagle QB’s sat on the sideline holding a clipboard for most of the time.
Mike Vick’s stats that were off the charts, when Kevin Kolb started the season but got hurt. Vick came in for Kolb, starred, and earned the starting role, so Kolb served as a second-stringer for the rest of the 2010 season. Mike Kafka, the Eagles’ third-stringer, didn’t produce any numbers beside zero. But Kafka didn’t get a chance, much less even play, so we don’t know his potential.
We do know Vick’s and Kolb’s capabilities, though, and they can both be starters in this league. And if they’re both on the same roster, one of them can’t start. Not-to-mention the fact that plenty of NFL teams need a starter. So one will have to go.
And it probably won’t be Vick.
The odd man out is Kolb, who the Eagles could get great value for. The Eagles could get a first-round pick or two second-rounders for the QB. Kolb doesn’t have the athleticism that Vick possesses, but he can still play at a high level.
The Arizona Cardinals have been reportedly interested in Kolb. They are extremely thin at the QB position. Not in quantity, but quality. Their best bet is one-year-wonder Quarterback Derek Anderson. The Cardinals have tools around him for success with WR Larry Fitzgerald, RB Beanie Wells, RB Tim Hightower, and newly-drafted RB Ryan Williams.
Arizona would be the spot for Kolb because he has all of those targets.
There are other teams interested, but the Cards are the definite frontrunner. The Eagles might want to keep him, though, because Vick is a running QB who is more at risk of injury than most others. Despite that, the Eagles likely will deal him to another team to get a quality player(s) or a quality pick(s).
21 current players on the Broncos’ roster without a number right now.
Fifteen Broncos’ Players participated in a player-organized workout today. With the Lockout currently in play, the players cannot talk to coaches and front office workers and can’t use their team’s facilities. Among the players in the workout were QB Kyle Orton, S Brian Dawkins, and DT Kevin Vickerson. Orton showed up early to throw passes to new second-year WR Eric Decker. Dawkins organized the workout by sending out an email and/or text message to the players. Dawkins said this wasn’t mandatory by any means. Tim Tebow was not with the group today, but he has been working really hard seven days a week, so everything’s all right.
There have been other player-organized workouts such as “Jets West,” the Jets’ player camp in California and the Saints’ camp right in Louisiana. It’s not just a good way to stay in shape, but it’s also a good way to stay in contact with the players.
There will another session on Thursday and maybe even more players will come.
Dawkins’ leadership was evident by organizing this. Dawkins has been known for his leadership and his pregame speeches and pep talks. By doing this, the Safety positively represented the team and overall the workout was a success.