NFL Labor Talks: Ravens Coach John Harbaugh Pointing To Lockout?
NFL Labor Talks Appear to be Headed in Wrong Direction After Hearing Words of Ravens Coach.
Sports journalists are always trying to detect the hidden meaning behind what has commonly become known as "coach speak."
But anyone who heard what Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday didn't have to search for answers: he said it in plain English.
Questioned whether the Ravens would lock up free agent defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a long-term contract extension, Harbaugh appeared to say flat out that a lock up wasn't imminent, but a lockout was.
Via Yahoo! Sports:
"There are some reasons why we can’t do it here before the lockout," Harbaugh said during a WBAL radio interview. "It’s really unfortunate. Because if it was possible to do it, I’m pretty sure we’d have it done.”
"Before the lockout."
Not a possible lockout, not a likely lockout, but a lockout. Period.
Anyone that hears that can tell that Harbaugh certainly feels like it's almost a done deal, despite the March 4 deadline not here yet.
And it hasn't been just Harbaugh (although he's probably put it the most bluntly).
Players such as Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark have been pretty obvious in their thoughts of something being worked out before March 4. Simply, they don't see it happening.
Well, it certainly doesn't help that players and owners can't even sit down at a table together for more than two hours before walking out.
Let's hope that Harbaugh is missing something here, folks. He appears to think a lockout is a foregone conclusion already.
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