Lockout Even Affects Champs

With 95 days until the Packers begin defense of their championship against the Saints, Green Bay is a surprising addition to John Czarnecki's top-10 list on FOXSports.com.

The lockout started 89 days ago, and the first scheduled NFL Sunday is 95 days away. You talk to teams now, and they are beginning to worry about the on-field product, believing that a negotiated peace could be weeks away and that July training camps won't happen.

How much time does a team need to get ready? Maybe four good weeks of practice for a veteran team with a known quantity at quarterback. A lot more for a non-playoff caliber team with a rookie quarterback.

I keep hearing that the only coach who was really looking forward to the lockout was New England's Bill Belichick. The extra days off gave him a chance to escape his daily grind while recharging his football sensibilities. It's a scary proposition for his opponents, considering what Belichick may have dreamed up football-wise over these past couple of months.

Which teams have been hurt the most by the continued lockout? Find out by reading John Czarnecki's column on FOXSports.com.


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