With the lockout still lingering and with several NFL teams coming together at various ad-hoc facilities, those who have so far not considered working out during the lockout break are finding themselves under increasing pressure to keep up with the rest of the league.
Their coaches sidelined by the lockout, teams are increasingly turning to their QBs or to other leading personalities to get them together to tide them through the period of inactivity forced onto them by the lockout. The Atlanta Falcons are working out together and apparently so are the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints. The Oakland Raiders are apparently in the process of getting their own ad-hoc team workout together too. QB Jason Campbell said in a radio interview that together with defensive lineman Richard Seymour, he was in the process of organizing a team workout at an undisclosed location in the Bay Area.
Campbell said he had had throwing sessions with Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy before and that he had managed to get his hands on Hue Jackson’s playbook during the one day when the lockout was lifted (Hue Jackson is the Oakland Raiders’ new coach). Keeping in shape and preparing for a possible new season will be taken to another level through the team practice the QB announced. Some of the players expected to attend are: running back Darren McFadden, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, receiver Jacoby Ford and linebacker Quentin Groves. The facility where the practice will take place has already been secured, although Campbell couldn’t really reveal more about it.
Campbell also said that everyone on the team had received a call to make sure they could sort out their flights to be present for the team-building session. Having been deserted by the league in just about every respect, players have come together in a remarkable show of unity and dedication all over the country. Props to them for defying the situation and for trying to keep up a resemblance of normalcy despite the lockout.