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Quality of play an issue as lockout drags

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08:03 AM ET 07.04 | The longer the lockout, the worse the football? Robbie Gould remains confident players will take it upon themselves to report in the best possible shape when organized team activities resume at some point. When I asked the veteran Bears kicker if he feared the quality of play might be adversely affected, he said: "No, you've got to go out there and you've got to perform and earn a spot in training camp, and you've got to go out there and make plays. I know guys have been working out really hard, getting ready for the season, to earn a spot, to win the Super Bowl and to make a run. So I don't think there is going to be anything where the quality of play is going to go down. You prepare like you would any other offseason."

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July 4, 2011  08:14 AM ET

I need to hear about quality of play from a kicker...

July 4, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Who cares? Just get a damn deal done!

July 4, 2011  09:34 AM ET

asskisser Goodell!

July 4, 2011  09:48 AM ET

I'm more worried about the quality of play during an 18-game season. I've read nothing about that recently, hopefully because the owners realized the length of the season is fine the way it is.

July 4, 2011  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'm more worried about the quality of play during an 18-game season. I've read nothing about that recently, hopefully because the owners realized the length of the season is fine the way it is.

That was settled long ago. Not until you have expansion will you also have increased amounts of games.

July 4, 2011  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

asskisser Goodell!

There is a negative headline and they put up a picture of Rodger Goodell, why not DeMaurice Smith? Smith is the one dragging his heels and trying to make a name for himself.

July 4, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That was settled long ago. Not until you have expansion will you also have increased amounts of games.

Thanks... as I mentioned, I hadn't read anything about that in a while.

July 4, 2011  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

There is a negative headline and they put up a picture of Rodger Goodell, why not DeMaurice Smith? Smith is the one dragging his heels and trying to make a name for himself.

It's easier to hate on Goodell, especially when he's dressed like an extra from a Harry Potter movie.

July 4, 2011  10:14 AM ET

How many times do we hear about so called professionals not showing up for practice, or when they do show up they are slow and overweight. Sure there is concern from Owners, coaches, fans that the players aren't training properly, or learning their play books. Did they have to ask the placekicker because he was the only one to show up for practice?

July 4, 2011  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's easier to hate on Goodell, especially when he's dressed like an extra from a Harry Potter movie.

LMAO! You're right of course. Nobody has clean hands. But Smith and the players decertified the union and it has never failed to amaze me that we're watching the NFL (which is also composed of greedy incompetents) try to reach an agreement with an organization which doesn't legally represent the players. Odd.

July 4, 2011  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's easier to hate on Goodell, especially when he's dressed like an extra from a Harry Potter movie.

Ya they need to get rid of that picture. It would be nice if he got drunk and disorderly and ended up in jail so we could have a police lineup photo. But please nothing from the beach.

July 4, 2011  01:34 PM ET

I think there will be less injured players this year.

July 4, 2011  05:28 PM ET

Hey Gould:

How are your times in the 40 yard dash going? Also, are you benching 300 with no problem? Seems like those would be of utmost importance for a kicker.

July 4, 2011  07:34 PM ET

I don't care how much exercise and training is done by the players away from the team headquarters. Without the coaches and medical staff overseeing their progress there is going to be a lot of injuries.

July 4, 2011  08:35 PM ET

Why is hot dog eating sports?

July 4, 2011  08:59 PM ET

Makes about as much sense as skateboarding.

July 4, 2011  09:01 PM ET

Looks like Goodell lost his Batman headgear!

July 4, 2011  09:03 PM ET

Quality of play is far from being an issue. All are in the same situation, other than teams with new coaching staffs. But it IS fair, since it is the owners who are imposing the lockout.

July 4, 2011  09:04 PM ET

I'll bet that T.O. can't eat 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Wimp! Kobayashi is the champ!

 
July 4, 2011  10:10 PM ET

Quality of play????? How about quality of Refereeing????

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