It’s widely believed that NFL owners agreed to overhaul practice and safety rules, cutting the offseason workout program and eliminating two-a-day practices, because it was a cost-free way to strike the financial deal the owners craved.
And now it’s for the football people to figure out how to be as competitive possible in a world with reduced contact and practice time.
One source who attended today’s labor seminar in Atlanta was blunt. “The only thing the players didn’t get is someone else to play for them,” the source said.
It remains to be seen whether similar opinions come from those who have spent Friday digesting the new rules.