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At least the Vikings (Leslie Frazier) and Cowboys (Jason Garrett) played a few games when their current coaches were serving in an interim capacity last season. Oakland’s Hue Jackson was the team’s offensive coordinator in 2010, and Mike Munchak has been with the Titans for 14 seasons. While Pat Shurmur is new in Cleveland, Browns president Mike Holmgren took over last year and knows his way around the West Coast offense Shurmur will install _ whenever he gets the chance.

Some players have been doing their part to remain familiar with their team’s systems, holding informal workouts away from club facilities. But without minicamps and OTAs, they can’t emulate the pace of even an NFL practice.

They can only do so much.

“It’s a good head start for guys,” said Browns tight end Evan Moore, who joined several teammates in Austin, Texas, to work with quarterback Colt McCoy. “Who knows if we will have any kind of offseason at all? If we have to head to training camp, you need to have a good feel for the little things you need to know. And the coaches will appreciate it, too, that guys are prepared.”

How prepared, though? Not nearly enough for a Gabbert to have a quick impact in Jacksonville. Or for top overall selection Cam Newton to move smoothly into Carolina’s lineup. Or for Jake Locker in Tennessee, Christian Ponder in Minnesota, Andy Dalton in Cincinnati or Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco _ all taken in the first 36 picks _ to be much of a factor in 2011, Gannon says.

“You’ve got to say to yourself, these guys have got no chance this season,” Gannon said. “I feel bad for Cam Newton, who has a lot to learn as it is, and he does not have the benefit of quarterbacks school or minicamps or OTAs or getting in with his offensive coordinator, Rob Chudzinski, and asking questions.

“It’s a really bad environment for those guys. They’re really losing in this thing.”