The Morning Fix

“Obviously I can’t put my name on this,” says one agent whose clientele includes current and past Chiefs. “But the way this thing is playing out plays right into Scott’s hands. There are some teams around the league you wonder how they’ll navigate. The most obvious would be Oakland. Not there with (Kansas City).”

There is a theory that the Chiefs will suffer from what is effectively a missed offseason of development because this is a young and improving team that needs all the practice it can get.

But look at it this way: the Chiefs have a head coach entering his third year, a defensive coordinator entering his second season (and sixth at that position in the NFL), and an offensive coordinator who’s been on staff for three years and in the NFL for 34.

NFL labor is a topic no one wants to hear about. On one hand, it’s understood that the subject is historically important to the future of the game. On the other, it’s clear everyone just wants to be woken up when there is labor peace, when we’re ready to get back to football. Get on with free agency…Get on with training camp…Get on with football.

“We’ve crafted a long-term agreement,” Goodell, the NFL commissioner, said at a news conference in Atlanta, “that can be good for the game of football. It’ll be good for the players, good for the clubs, and most importantly good for our game and for our fans.”