According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, the NFL is eyeing to have coaches return to team facilities sometime next week. Not only that; the league is also aiming for minicamps to begin in June. Robinson writes:
“If coaches resume their in-house work next week, minicamps including players could be scheduled as early as June 15 or as late as June 27, depending on COVID-19 data and whether a handful of franchises get a “go ahead” signal from state governments to resume full operations”.
Since this is all dependent on government decisions, a grain of salt should be applied here. From the looks of it, NFL executives are itching to get back to business like a dog with fleas. However, any plans they may have in their head must be approved with the NFLPA. Player safety is at the top of the league’s list, after all. NFLPA President and Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter had this to say:
Players: our union has not agreed to any reopening plan. Any reports about coming back to work are hypothetical. You will hear from the NFLPA when there are new developments.— JC Tretter (@JCTretter) May 26, 2020
We’ve seen other international sports take different approaches with the current pandemic. The German Bundesliga soccer league is playing without fans. Baseball is being played in South Korea. Heck, even professional corn hole is making adjustments! However, it seems that the American professional leagues would like to get back to status quo. Let’s just hope good decisions are being made with safety in mind.
How do you feel about this rumor? Is it all moving too fast? Not fast enough? With the proliferation of Zoom meetings and online programs, should coaches even want to get back into their facilities without players?