A month ago, the Steelers were playing the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.
Now, who knows?
Free agency would have begun today had the owners decided not to tear up the old CBA and start negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.
We should be talking about who's coming, who's going and what those moves mean in terms of next month's draft.
Instead, the entire league is in limbo.
It's likely that the league and players will continue to extend negotiations – and that's a good thing. It means that at least they're talking and things haven't gotten contentious enough that they no longer have anything to talk about.
But if it continues long enough that we start getting close to the draft at the end of April, things could get very interesting.
Usually, free agency opens up and teams draft according to who they lose and who they are able to sign.
This year, things could be different. Teams may have to draft and then hope that they're able to fill the holes.
Also, while teams will proceed with their draft plans as usual, it's the post-draft stuff that could get interesting.
With no new CBA in place, rookies won't be able to go through any mini-camps or other offseason workouts. They won't even be permitted to meet with coaches.
And undrafted rookies won't be permitted to sign with any team.
The longer that process goes on, the tougher it will be for rookies to make a contribution in 2011 and the more difficult it will become for undrafted rookies to make a roster.