There is a new report making the rounds from Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson, who speculates that NFL head coaches may be able to return to team facilities as early as next week.
Sources: #NFL head coaches could return to team facilities as early as next week, with full-squad minicamps potentially on the docket for mid-to-late June.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) May 26, 2020
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The Kansas City Chiefs reopened their practice facility under strict guidelines last week. As of this writing, Chiefs coaches, including Andy Reid, are still unable to work there to maintain competitive equity in the league.
In a Zoom conference call last week, Reid expressed confidence that the Chiefs would handle whatever timetable the NFL decides but did acknowledge the sooner the team can return to practice, the better the on-field product would be.
“We probably could do anything and still put out a good product,” he said. “That’s how our mindset is as players and coaches. However, you sure would like to have the opportunity to get back on the field and do it, I think it’d make for a better game.”
Not all NFL cities have allowed non-essential businesses to return to work. That could change in the near future, according to Robinson.
ROBINSON: “With state governments eyeing an entry point for NFL franchises to resume offseason activities, sources tell Yahoo Sports that head coaches could return to team facilities as early as next week — with players potentially following in full-squad minicamps in mid to late June.”
Robinson explained another source mentioned return-window dates of June 15 and June 27 for a potential full-squad minicamp. That drew the ire of NFL players association president and Cleveland Browns center J.C. Tretter.
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
Robinson also noted that the players association would need to agree to any plan set forth by NFL officials. As Tretter was quick to mention, nothing is set in stone at the moment. But this is a step in the right direction for the NFL season beginning on time.