Bears cornerback Charles Tillman said it is a fair assessment to say that teams that have had offensive and defensive systems in place for some time will be in better position when the lockout ends than those teams with new coaches.
“I definitely think we have the upper hand,” said Tillman in an interview on The Danny Mac Show on WSCR 670 The Score. He listed the Packers, Patriots and Colts as other teams who could benefit from continuity.
Tillman went on to say that a team like the Carolina Panthers, who will enter its first season with former Bear Ron Rivera as head coach, could struggle to implement offensive and defensive schemes based on limited time together.
There is certainly validity to that perception, but I’m sure there will be rust for the majority of teams. Blocking and tackling, the two most fundamental duties in football, require timing and repetition. Those teams whose players got together to run routes and other drills will be in far better shape when training camp finally begins.