MIAMI GARDENS, FL - MARCH 03: A view of Sun Life Stadium behind a locked gate as the NFL lockout looms on March 3, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Yesterday was the 58th day of the NFL lockout - significant because it has now officially become the longest work stoppage in football history. Of course, the '82 work stoppage resulted in the loss of seven regular season games when the players went on strike following week two of the season. The strike of '87 also resulted in the loss of a regular season game - as well as having three games played with replacement players.
So while this lockout is now officially longer than any other work stoppage in league history, the impact isn't as significant...yet. But there are some who think that the odds of losing regular season are increasing with every passing day.
That is where this week's "five" begins.
1. A notable NFL analyst believes that having a stay granted by the court will increase the chance of losing regular season games. This news comes from NBC's Chris Collinsworth, who doesn't exactly have the most positive outlook on this situation. Via his Twitter page, Collinsworth shares his thoughts on the lockout - stressing the importance of the eighth circuit lifting the lockout by refusing to grant the owners their requested "stay" until their appeal can be heard.
"The only way a settlement will happen is if the 8th circuit lifts the lockout. Otherwise the owners will walk away from the table," Collinsworth tweets. "If the lockout is not lifted, I predict no football until at least November, and maybe a season lost."
He goes on rather in-depth about why he feels this way. Essentially, if the lockout is lifted, Chris believes that both sides would have a lot to lose by battling in court - which would spur both sides to hammer out a deal before the courts can have their say.
Meanwhile, the eighth circuit court of appeals continues to let each day go by without ruling on the owners' request of a permanent stay until their appeal is heard - meaning we keep inching closer and closer to actually losing games.
2. Numbers prove what we knew. And that is the fact that Chad Henne has struggled connecting on the deep ball. Anyone who spent an afternoon or evening watching this team last year probably came to this conclusion. But now we have some stats to show how much Henne struggled. According to PFF, Henne had the second worst completion percentage on passes that traveled at least 20 yards - completing a dismal 25% of those attempts. Only Matt Cassell was more inefficient. But Henne only attempted 40 passes of 20+ yards - which amounts to only 8.15% of his pass attempts. Again, that's the second lowest figure in the league among QBs with at least 40 deep attempts.
Some might say you have to have a deep threat in order to have success throwing deep. And while it's true Henne didn't exactly have speedy weapons to throw to down the field, I can recall off the top of my head at last five throws to either Brandon Marshall, Brian Hartline, or Davone Bess that were wildly inaccurate despite the receiver clearly being open.
3. Numbers also highlight a strength. Again according to PFF, Chad Henne had the second best completion percentage when the opposing defense blitzes. He completed an impressive 63.69% of his passes when facing a blitz. But is this a strength? Or is it just proof that Henne is comfortable checking down - something we all already knew? Any way you want to look at it, it can never be a bad thing to remain calm and complete passes when under pressure. And that's what these particular numbers show - that Henne will stand in the face of a blitz and complete passes.
4. The Dolphins may have drafted a murderer in the 7th round, but that boy can hit. Check out this interview of defensive back Jimmy Wilson. And pay close attention to the 49 second mark of the video, as he lays out a couple of receivers. This kid should be a special teams force right off the bat if he can crack the 53 man roster. (Oh - and yes, I'm kidding about the "murderer" thing...sort of. I mean, he did kill a man. It was self defense, though, and he was acquitted.)
5. Please don't take this the wrong way, Heat fans, but I'm confused about something. It seems like many Heat fans are acting like their team is out to prove something. Now I'm not a Heat fan nor am I a Heat hater. I really have no feelings about the team one way or the other. But weren't the Heat the heavy favorites this year? So why are so many fans acting like they are seeking vindication? In my opinion, the Heat winning a title wouldn't be a big story. The big story would be if the Heat didn't win a championship this year. So am I missing something? Please enlighten me.