"No doubt, the [new CBA] has led to this," said ESPN analyst Herman Edwards, who organized joint practices when he was the head coach of the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs. "The thing about football, you still have to play with pads on. When you're not able to do that, you really don't know what type of football players you have, especially if he's a young player and you haven't really evaluated him yet. But when you get these padded practices against other opponents, the degree of intensity and the concentration and focus picks up. It verifies some things as a coach when you look at your team as a whole and you look at positions and matchups."