The Kansas City Chiefs were scheduled to kick off their conditioning program on Monday, but due to the NFL’s lingering labor dispute, all players are prevented from visiting the team’s facilities. Alternate player advocate Andy Studebaker knows there are no winners right now.
“It hurts the team, it hurts the fans, it hurts the game of football for us not to be out at the stadium working out and getting ready for next year,” Studebaker said. “That’s what we want to be doing, but we have to have a fair deal in place for us to be able to do that.
“How much is it hurting us? I can’t say. But I can tell you it’s better to have everyone there working out and getting ready to play football than having nobody there.”
This is where you hope that the values Todd Haley has been hammering home with his players for the last two seasons really pay off. There is no way to make up for classroom work, but every team is dealing with that right now. Some teams, however, will have a huge advantage if their players know the shape they need to be in and police themselves while they are home.
Teams with a new coaching staff and/or large roster turnover will suffer where the Chiefs should excel. Not that there won’t be new players in Kansas City, but the veteran core is in place and they should know what they need to know from a conditioning standpoint to make sure they are able to perform at a high level whenever we have football activities again.