Last week, with the lockout temporarily lifted, teams had an opportunity to hand out playbooks to players. For teams with new offensive coordinators — and thus new playbooks — it was a welcome break to the prohibition on contact with players.
Amazingly, not every team took advantage of the opportunity.
According to Andrew Carter of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins didn’t distribute new offensive playbooks. Per Carter, coach Tony Sparano said there wasn’t enough time for new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to distribute the playbooks.
Sorry, but that’s not good enough. Teams had to realize that there was a chance Judge Susan Nelson would lift the lockout — and that there also was a chance that the doors would open for a brief period of time before the legal process permitted them to slam shut again. Thus, every team should have been ready to take full advantage of the window of opportunity to get playbooks in the hands of players.