Mike Florio discussed the current feelings on the NFL regular season schedule.
Our semi-educated guess is that fans realize it’s meaningless to even think about the slate of games absent a firm guarantee that the slate of games will be played. Indeed, the announcement of the preseason schedule brought shrugs and smirks, given that at this point it seems to be a foregone conclusion that August will conclude with no preseason games being played.
Even though mediation has resumed, the fact that the two sides lacked any urgency to talk after the lockout began and until Judge Susan Nelson ordered them to return to mediation has caused many to determine that the parties won’t get serious until the time comes to save the regular season, not the preseason.
Sure, it could all get worked out in time to save the preseason and the regular season. But the default position for many during this upside-down time in NFL history is to brace for the worst, and to hope for anything marginally better than that.
And so when the schedule is released at some point between now and April 28, look for the reaction to be somewhere in the gap between “so what?” and “who cares?”