By HCR Staff | July 20, 2020
As we get closer to August 1, it’s pretty clear the NFL doesn’t have a COVID plan for the 2020 season. The NFL may be all powerful, but one thing it can’t do is stop the passage of time. And as more days pass, there’s growing jeopardy for the 2020 season.
Why do we think the NFL is struggling with a plan? Here are the data points we’re lining up.
- The NFL and NFLPA Lack Agreement On Major Issues. Without the union’s agreement on big, i.e., money issues and what is owed to players, nothing will move forward. Yes, there still is disagreement on testing protocols, etc., but the biggest issue centers around the money.
- The Lack of Any Public Pronouncements From Commissioner Roger Goodell. While commissioners from other sports have been fairly visible in openly discussing the pros and cons of re-opening, e.g., the NBA’s Adam Silver, Goodell has been virtually invisible. Besides, the NFL doesn’t like to trot him out there unless all margin for error has been eliminated – so the fact that he isn’t visible means, at least to us, there still is margin for error.
- The Public Pronouncements From Head Coaches Have Been All Over The Map. Today, Rams Head Coach Sean McVay felt that the start of training camp could be pushed back. Prior to this, other head coaches have expressed opinions ranging from high optimism to high skepticism. This indicates the head coaches aren’t being transmitted uniform information. If our instincts are correct, this signals the NFL doesn’t have any uniform information to share…which is a bad sign.
The most important parties to any season are the league office, the union, and the head coaches. If these parties don’t seem unified, it’s always a cause for concern, and right now, they’re not.