Due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, the NFL team facilities were closed as a way to curb the spread of the virus and safeguarding the entire community as measures to keep distance introduced. Team facilities were closed in March, and the league had to come up with a contingency plan for them to reopen, pending governmental permission.
On Friday, the NFL Coaches will be allowed to return to the facilities as the league continues preparation for training camps and its season. After a memo from The Associated Press from the Commissioner Roger Goodell, who told the 32 clubs on Thursday that coaching staff may work from team complexes starting Friday.
But they will be subjected to government regulations and implementation of health protocols developed by the NFL’s medical staff, where all the coaches will count toward the maximum number of club employees in the facility. Though that number will be increased to 100 compared to previously, only up to 75 people per day could be at the facilities with coaches and players not seeking treatment for injuries barred.
Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores hinted that the guys were all set up, and expected to hold a meeting with players tomorrow to prevent any glitch with them as they held back to the training facilities.
Unlike Miami Dolphins coach, who will be returning to the team facility, the San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan won’t be able due to county rules where the team facilities will remain closed. Coach Kyle Shanahan seemed to be okay with the orders, even though it has been 90 days since he was in the office. And he was quick to share his thoughts insisting that there weren’t significant advantages to those teams’ facilities will be open, because he will be doing meetings with his players on Zoom.
Also, the team’s medical staff will have to work closely with the league to implement a program of COVID-19 testing for the coaching staff and other football personnel. Before players returning to club facilities and it’s unclear when uninjured players might be approved to return to team facilities, with speculations, likely, that won’t be until training camps open next month.
The NFL’s chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills insists that various discussions on many subjects continue with the league and the players’ association, based on the continuation of their phased approach. And the next logical step is to have the players back into to safest possible environment.
From Friday, the coaching staff may work together rather than remotely, albeit within social distancing protocols, at team complexes. But at the moment, all offseason workout programs remain virtual projects.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, several things will look different throughout 2020. And there’s a possibility that training camps, which usually open toward the end of July, could begin sooner if determined to be safe health-wise. Teams could then recoup some of the time together lost in the spring.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.