I was wondering about how much damage has the lockout caused to player's preparation for the next season.
I dont seem to remember what is a typical timeline of things in the offseason. Here is my rough idea from memory.
Feb first week is superbowl. Then all the players take off.
Feb end is combine.
March beginning is free agency ( in a typical year)
April end is Draft
Early may is a week of rookie camp
May end is couple weeks of OTA
Mid june is another couple weeks of mini camp
End july into early august is couple weeks of mandatory training camp
August is pre-season time.
Now my question is, does anyone know when the veteran players get their playbook first? For us fans, this schedule feels like a lot of waiting till september. But for coaches its very very busy time. I dont know when they are ready with the playbooks for the next year.
I see february as a time when coaches evaluate the team and weaknesses. Also they putting together a list of rookie players to evaluate before combine.
As soon as combine is over free agency opens up. The first week of march they try to acquire FAs to fill holes in the team. Most of the activity is done.
Till april end they prepare for combine. The only time I think they can work on preparing playbooks is in March. Am I correct?
So assuming that is true, then the veteran players get their playbooks only end of march. And rookies, end of april.
So due to the lockout, till date the vet players have already lost almost 2 months of time they could have used to study the playbooks. The rookies have lost a month of time to study. There is still 3 more months before the season starts.
Is losing 2 out of 5 months a big deal? Do players use the 2 months effectively at all?
Have we crossed the time when teams have rookie camp already? Most of us think we havent lost anything yet and real work only starts at training camp. Well, try going to a dress rehearsal where you intend to learn your script for the first time.