The team that seems to have the best shot at making noise in the NFL next year is the Detroit Lions. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

How the lockout benefits the Packers and Bears ...and how teams like the Lions are being placed at a huge disadvantage ...


Everyone’s screaming, “play football!”
And everyone is hearing the roar emanating from the Detroit Lions’ camp.
As for the shout-out for playing football, I couldn’t agree more, but as for the roar from the Lions … Well, with each passing day of the lockout it’s beginning to sound more like a kitten’s meow.
You see, for the teams with their player base already intact, the lockout could be a good thing. In fact the longer the lockout, the better.
Yeah, I want players and management to come to an agreement and to do it soon … Well at least before the start of training camp.
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Every team is in the same boat … Players can’t work out and teams can’t sign players. For teams like the Detroit Lions … The franchise everyone is so excited about because of their impressive draft … They are at a huge disadvantage because of the lockout. They need those guys in the building learning the system, learning each other and preparing themselves for the grind of a 16-game season. They aren’t doing that sitting home playing Madden.
For teams that have already experienced the championship level, such as the Packers and Bears, this loss of time isn’t as crucial.
Yes, teams like the Packers and Bears want to get the higher draft picks moving and shaking, but given these players more than likely will be playing backup roles anyway, time isn’t as crucial. The Lions, with only five picks in 2011 draft to begin with, will be relying on these players (namely first round defensive tackle Nick Fairly and wide receiver Titus Young) to contribute immediately. The longer the lockout, the further behind they fall.
It may seem trivial at this point, but there are many teams throughout the league that are in the same position as the Lions. Right now it may not seem like much, but coaches on these teams are champing at the bit … They understand that championship teams are built in April and May.
If a team already has their players in place for another run (Packers and Bears) it gives them a huge advantage.
In the meantime, we all just sit back and let the lawyers and courts make their moves to settle their differences … Eventual actions that will ultimately lead to an unprecedented off-season flurry of activity in the NFL.
Hold on for the ride!

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