As the NFL lockout drags on, it seems more and more players are planning “unofficial” workouts to try and take the place of the normal OTAs. We have already heard about Philip Rivers leading the charge for the Chargers in the AFC West and while there has been no news of a Matt Cassel-led Chiefs workout, another USC QB — Mark Sanchez — is planning one for the Jets.
“We’re game-planning right now,” [RB LaDainian] Tomlinson said. “If the lockout doesn’t end soon, we have to put something in place so we can all work out together.”
Tomlinson said he’s not concerned about the threat of injury. There’s risk, but “this is what we do,” he said. “At some point, you have to not worry about the injuries and get out there. When this is over, we’ve got to go out and play and we don’t want to look like crap. We don’t want to look like we haven’t done anything.”
Last week the Chiefs had 30 players show up for a meeting in Kansas City, but that was little more than a face-to-face update on all things lockout. There have been rumblings about potentially getting the players together for workouts, but so far no sign of anything solid happening.
It’s not as if you need dozens of people in order for the workouts to be successful. A simple day on the field with Cassel, Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones, Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Verran Tucker and Tony Moeaki would give all the skill players on offense that are under contract and guaranteed to be around next season a chance to improve their chemistry.
The same thing would work on the defensive side of the ball with Eric Berry, Brandon Flowers, Derrick Johnson, Javier Arenas, Andy Studebaker, etc.
Workouts in April and May doesn’t guarantee wins in September and October, but I think we can all agree that this team still has a long way to go and will benefit from every advantage they can find.