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NFL lockout ending? Gauge the yelling.

NFL lockout may be winding down. If so, yelling at the bargaining table during the NFL lockout will switch to the playing field.

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As Bess can attest, you haven't really been yelled at until you've been yelled at by Tony Sparano.

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The Dolphins' coach has that piercing, sarcastic voice that can knock a wayward player back on track in a hurry. And he's hardly the only voice of, er, reason that's been resting up throughout this dry period.

Just imagine the withdrawal all these coaches have been going through without a team to motivate.

Woe unto the telemarketer who unsuspectingly interrupts the dinner hour of a pro coach during this lockout.

Not sure who wants this thing to end more, the television networks or the families (and pets) of bored, pent-up NFL coaches.

"I think I've been coached by just about every type of coach," said Giants safety Antrel Rolle. "Coaches that yell and scream. Coaches that would just look at you and you know exactly what he means. Coaches that want to sit down and talk with you."

His current head coach, Tom Coughlin, comes from the same school that produced Sparano's hard-driving style.

The Bill Parcells School of Constant Button Pushing.

"I think I get yelled at way too much, to be honest with you," Rolle said with a laugh. "I'm definitely not missing that sound."

Bears safety Major Wright, who learned about tough love while playing for legendary St. Thomas coach George Smith in high school, said his trainer, Tony Villani, "gets on us pretty hard."

Yet the fact remains, all these personal trainers work for the players, not the other way around. If a trainer pushes too far or says the wrong thing, it's always possible he'll be working with one fewer client the next day.

Not so in the team-run weight room.

Nor, by extension, on the field or in the meeting rooms of a pro football facility.

"There's nothing like a coach really getting after you," Wright said. "It makes you the player that you are. It shows the coaches care about what you do."

That rude awakening is right around the corner.