The NFL will not be getting the “normal” offseason back as soon as it had hoped. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the league’s virtual program will continue for at least two more weeks.
Speaking with reporters during a conference call Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the extension of the virtual offseason.
He also said he’s hopeful NFL coaches can start coming into their facilities as early as next week.
Roger Goodell says he's hopeful NFL can bring coaches to club facilities as early as next week. Virtual offseason will be extended at least two more weeks.— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) May 28, 2020
Additionally, Goodell said the NFL is continuing to prepare for the season to start on time but will adjust as needed.
Roger Goodell says on conference call that NFL continues to prepare for an on-time start to the season but will be prepared to adjust as needed.— Mike Jones (@ByMikeJones) May 28, 2020
Recently, a report emerged indicating that mini-camps could be held at the end of June. That was quickly rebuffed by the NFLPA, however, which indicated there has been no agreement about any reopening plans.
On top of that, a report Thursday indicated the NFL and NFLPA might be headed toward a collision course over discussions about revenue losses. The term “sharing the pain” was used, which isn’t something anyone wants to hear.
Clearly, as much as the NFL wants things to get back to normal, that isn’t going to be an easy task.