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Lighter offseason forces adjustments

New CBA calls for less coach-player face time; importance of OTAs grows

Originally Published: April 5, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

With a lockout in full force last year, NFL coaches had an impossible job in 2011.

Their successes or failures were tied to so much that was out of their control. They had no offseason programs to keep veterans in shape. They had no chance to groom rookies in May and June. Basically, the owners and the union gave coaches the whistle and let them do what they could.

Out of this came a collective bargaining agreement that isn't great for coaches but is more refreshing for players. In ...

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