I highly doubt we'll see any major philosophical/scheme changes in the offense this season. We really need to get used to the idea that we will very likely NOT be getting a veteran QB to compete with Henne, and that any Rookie, even if he were absolutely, positively NFL-ready the day we draft him (which there are never any of those guys anyways, much less this draft), will not be challenging Henne this year.
Phin Phanatic wrote:
Some say that the season will get a late start. It will have an abbreviated season. Some believe that the NFL and the NFLPA won’t get an agreement until August at the earliest and some say early September. There will be no off-season conditioning programs, no mini-camps or training camps, nothing. Players can’t won’t go to the training facilities to voluntarily workout and new schemes and systems won’t be able be implemented.http://phinphanatic.com/2011/01/14/life ... -football/
In other words, come next season, the only teams that will make an impact will be those that are under secure coaching regimes with players that are under contract and ingrained in that teams systems. The Packers, Saints, Patriots, Jets, Colts, are a few that come to mind. Teams like the Dolphins, too much change in the wrong year spells doom.
There will be no free agency and there will be no player movement at all. Everything freezes and aside from 7 rounds of draft picks, nothing will change.
Consider that the start of free agency is set to begin on March 3rd. On that date, players that are set to become free agents suddenly find themselves with nowhere to go. Teams can’t sign a free agent with no CBA. Guys like Ronnie Brown and Paul Soliai can’t even negotiate with other teams. There is speculation that all of those players will be held at the same pay level with the same benefits and remain under the 2010/2011 contracts that they had. Meaning they will remain the property of their respective teams for one more year.
Also consider draft day trades in April. Names like Kyle Orton and Vince Young are being talked about endlessly right now, but without a CBA, those teams can’t trade those players. Not for draft picks, not for other players, not for monetary value. Nothing. They can’t go anywhere. So the teams may simply release them and while that may happen, the reality is that once they are released, they are free agents, and teams will not be allowed to sign free agents.
In other words, we need to be prepared for the most likely outcome that Chad Henne is our starting QB next season, and that the offensive scheme will not be appreciably different regardless of whowe bring in as OC (I maintain that the scheme was never the problem but the implementation of the scheme).
All of this will change when/if a new CBA is a done deal, but the word on the street is that they are no closer to an agreement than they were when they started over a year ago. I wouldn't anticipate either side giving in on their demands until BOTH sides stand to lose a lot of money, and that isn't a season lockout is imminent.