There’s no way to know what the 2011 NFL season will look like once the lockout comes to an end, but Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid believes that if the work stoppage continues into the mid- to late-stages of the summer, the league will produce a damaged product--and that the product will be more damaged the longer the lockout remains in place.
"No matter how you cut this thing, you need time in practice,” Reid said recently, via the Dallas Morning News. “You're bringing in guys who are working hard in the offseason on their own, but that's not like working hard in training camp [in concert with other players].”
When told of Reid’s comments, Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett wasn’t quite so convinced of the effects of the lockout--only that there will be some effects, as the lockout carries on.
"Certainly we have an offseason in place because it's a good thing to help our players and teams get ready for the season," Garrett said. "So when you're taking that away, it starts to fiddle with that preparation. Now how much of it gets taken away and how big of an impact that will be, nobody really knows. Again, we have to figure out what the situation is, when some decisions are made and have to adjust accordingly."
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