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Who gets hurt in a lockout?

Saturday, March 05, 2011

17. Bills: Buffalo doesn't rank too high because they have a returning coaching staff and they aren't overly active in free agency. Still, a lockout could stall the progress of a potential incoming rookie quarterback.

18. Lions: Well, quarterback Matthew Stafford probably wouldn't be healthy enough to practice much anyway. Detroit would like to be active in free agency, but a lockout wouldn't be crushing for Jim Schwartz's program.

19. Jets: Rex Ryan's team has plenty of veterans that don't need a lot of practice time. The tricky part here is the Jets have a lot of big free agent decisions and would love to pick up some veterans via trade and free agency. There will be no Santonio Holmes-type deals this time around for an annually active team.

20. Raiders: New head coach Hue Jackson already ran much of the offense last offseason, so a transition shouldn't be too rough. The Raiders lockout-proofed their roster by re-signing Richard Seymour, John Henderson, Stanford Routt and Kamerion Wimbley in February.

21. Bears: Jay Cutler and his young wideouts could use more time around Mad Mike Martz so they can figure out what he's talking about.

22. Jaguars: You could make the argument a long lockout helps the young Jaguars a bit, if only because it hurts division rivals Tennessee and Houston.

23. Giants: The Giants own enviable continuity on offense and plenty of talent on defense. They aren't a team that is afraid to spend in free agency, but a lockout wouldn't hurt them much.

24. Falcons: Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith have been together longer than most of the NFC's power tandems. That says a lot about job security in the league.

25. Ravens: Still searching for wide receivers after all these years. Baltimore may be prevented from making a splashy move like the Anquan Boldin trade, but their veteran roster should hold up well in a lockout.

26. Saints: Having a coach on the field like Drew Brees will be an advantage if there's no actually coaching going this offseason. While they have a lot of free agents, New Orleans' scheme continuity will help.

27. Chargers: Philip Rivers and his receivers should be able to hit the ground running. Ron Rivera's absence could complicate things on defense, but it's not like the Chargers can start any slower than they usually do.

28. Chiefs: Going back to Todd Haley as a de facto offensive coordinator should be a lot easier than bringing in a new guy.

29. Patriots: The weirder the rules are, the more that creative front offices should thrive. The Patriots and other quick-thinking teams can better adapt and sniff out market inefficiencies.

30. Steelers: Missing out on a free agent period won't exactly be devastating for a draft-and-develop team like Pittsburgh. Perhaps more time off could actually help any Super Bowl runner up hangover.

31. Packers: We stacked the bottom of our list with the best front offices. Ted Thompson is going to stay the course no matter the league rules, and he has the ultimate trump card -- the most talented roster in the league.

32. Colts: It's hard to imagine a team affected less by a lockout than the Colts. They could care less about free agency and their schemes haven't changed in a decade. Their free agent class will be all their returning injured players.

Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for and Catch him on Twitter.
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