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What To Do About The Ensuing Lockout?

With the NFLPA and the owners not being able to come to an agreement on a new CBA today, and with the NFLPA decertifying themselves as a union today as well, the NFL is in a tailspin.

While the owners and the members of the union who are in charge of negotiating do not seem to care about the spectacle of the off-season, and what the fans want at all, the fans are the ones who are really missing out here!

With the union decertifying itself today, and still no CBA, this means that there will be no free agency, no off-season workouts, no mini-camps to over-analyze. The only tid-bit of NFL information that us NFL-gurus will have will be about the oncoming draft in April. And after that, if there is still no agreement, then us fans will have to go even longer without any football. The rookies will be at a huge disadvantage because they will not be able to come into the teams facility and learn the playbook.

This directly impacts the Dolphins because they are in the market for a new franchise quarterback. Whether the Fins draft a QB, or trade for one, it does not matter, Chad Henne will go into the season with a huge advantage over his competition simply because he knows the playbook.

And if Henne really is not the answer for us as our franchise quarterback, then the lack of a new CBA will undoubtedly screw Miami out of a couple of wins, perhaps even a playoff birth this year.

To be honest with you, I am not completely caught up on all of the legal-jargon that the NFL and the rest of the media markets are using to describe the situation, so to say that I am an expert on the lockout would be false. But what I do know is that with a lockout, and a lack of a new deal, the Dolphins will not be able to make the necessary moves they need to get back to the playoffs. And even through their additions through the draft, without a new deal, those rookies will not be able to come in, learn the playbook or get used to the speed of the NFL camps, or the Miami heat.

Not to mention the extreme boredom and lack of news that will ensue in the oncoming weeks as well. I mean, we have been hearing about the lockout now for the past couple of months, and I have to say no matter how much drama is involved, nothing beats the news of following all of the free agent transactions, and keeping up with all of the potential prospects that your team could be chasing.

For now, the only roster additions and subtractions will be that in the front office and the coaching staff.

In the oncoming days, expect many assisstant coaches, and office workers to be either laid off, or furloughed, which weakens the team even more in their preparation for the draft and the season.

While the players just want to get paid in the short span (10-15 years) that they can, the owners will always have their billions. Let the players have their millions while they can, after all, aren’t they the ones that are putting their bodies at risk to entertain the fans, make the owners money, and on top of everything, for their love of the game? Without the players, the owners will eventually stop making money, no matter how many years they have guaranteed television deals. Eventually they will wake up and realize that a deal is needed for them to start making money again, and once they decide that they need more money to feed their greed addiction, a deal will get done, but in the meantime, they are leaving the fans, and their front office and coaching staffs out to dry.

Not only will the fans suffer without football, but once the regular, day-to-day football activities can resume, it will take a little while before teams will get back to full strength, and full speed. It will take awhile for teams to gather up the necessary players and coaches again that they had before the lockout to get their team to full strength because of this lockout.

All of this could have been stopped this week, and free agency could have been started as soon as tonight, but instead, all of that has been put on hold for the ongoing arguments between the two sides, and the people that are left in the middle, the fans, are the ones who will suffer the most for the owners greed.


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