New England Patriots: How an NFL Lockout Could Hurt the Team in 2011 and Beyond

March 14, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's official—the NFLPA has decertified, and the owners have locked out the players, according to multiple media outlets. Although the 2011 NFL season isn't yet in danger, the threat of no football in 2011 is officially a possibility.
It seems, on the surface, that every team would be impacted evenly. Upon further review, it's pretty easy to tell how it would effect the New England Patriots maybe more so than some other teams.
The Patriots had a plethora of draft picks last year, and are once again in what would seem to be a favorable position headed into April's NFL Draft. They are setting themselves up to be one of the youngest teams in football.
Under normal circumstances, that would be a good thing, but the circumstances a lockout would provide would be far from normal.
An extended lockout could spill over into training camp, preseason and even into the regular season. This could begin to impact the amount of time the players have to study the system.

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