One stipulation of an NFL lockout is that NFL coaches and players cannot have contact with each other. Todd Haley experienced this last night at the 101 Awards Banquet, where he was only allowed a cursory "Hello" to both Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.
That lack of contact of course means no offseason workouts officially sanctioned by the team. This is causing a few of the Kansas City Chiefs players to take matters into their own hands, organizing their workouts and practices.
Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star wrote yesterday that Jamaal Charles was already making plans to keep up during the offseason:
Charles said he has been working out with some former University of Texas teammates in Austin since the Pro Bowl. He indicated his workout routine is his own and not provided by the Chiefs, something that also isn't allowed until a new labor agreement is reached.
Eric Berry is making similar workout plans in case of a work stoppage:Berry also said that if the Chiefs weren't practicing by April, he would work in Florida with a trainer he used last year to prepare for the NFL scouting combine.
"He's thinking about having some kind of (practice) with different types of players," Berry said. "It's going to be the same structure as when we're with our teams. There will be enough guys down there for us to handle the situation."
We wrote recently about the league not having official, sanctioned offseason workouts not being that big of a deal. I don't think it's a big deal. These guys can handle running, lifting and other workouts just fine without help from Kansas City coaches.