NFLPA medical director optimistic about 2020 season

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As we continue to slowly climb a mountain with no ability to see the summit, optimism persists regarding the ability of our true American pastime returning for a full 2020 season.

Appearing on Adam Schefter’s podcast, NFL Players Association medical director Thom Mayer expressed hope that the season will proceed, adding that much more will be known by late May or early June.

“So OTAs, probably not going to happen,” Mayer said. “As you know, the clubs are closed for now and will remain closed for a while. But I’m very optimistic. You know, you look at somebody like Drew Brees and [wife] Brittany Brees gave five million dollars to New Orleans. And you may have heard Drew the other day say, ‘Hang in there, hang tough.’ And that’s what we have to do. We have to hang in there and hang tough — but we have to scenario-plan for disasters in terms of the way we did it at 9/11.”

That’s the key: Both the league and the union must be working together to identify every possible “what it?” and to plan for it. Not in May or June but right now.

It’s encouraging that the NFLPA already is thinking along these lines. The league needs to do the same; however, some have expressed concern that the league is currently so focused on pulling off the draft as scheduled that questions relating to training camp and the regular season are being tabled.

That would be a mistake, if it’s indeed happening. The league surely has the capacity to plan for the draft and, as Mayer said, “scenario-plan” for the potential state of the coronavirus pandemic in July, August, September, and beyond.

The offseason flies by quickly. April becomes May becomes June becomes the countdown to training camp. Every hour spent focusing on something other than planning for all potential permutations is an hour lost to what ultimately could be a challenge that there’s insufficient time to solve.

Preserving the season of the NFL’s 100th anniversary means acting now to envision various circumstances and brainstorm potential solution and basically be ready for anything to happen because, as the last few weeks have proven, anything can.

10 responses to “NFLPA medical director optimistic about 2020 season

  1. Just because the league is quiet on their plans moving forward doesnt mean they arent making plans. Geez you are no better then this young generation who needs answers immediately instead of waiting the storm to hear resolutions. It’s actually quiet annoying and very unprofessional.

  2. This lip service means nothing until we actually have players on the field and fans in the stands.

  3. NFL season is 5 months away. Lots of time to determine if season is on. I think it will be a go.

  4. “The league needs to do the same; however, some have expressed concern that the league is currently so focused on pulling off the draft as scheduled that questions relating to training camp and the regular season are being tabled.”

    NONSENSE. The league has thousands of employees. Each are capable of different tasks beyond just “pulling off the draft.”

    Just because they don’t announce their internal plans to the media until the APPROPRIATE TIME doesn’t mean they haven’t already done their homework and crunched all the numbers. In all likelihood, they have set cutoff dates for every scenario, but there’s ABSOLUTELY NO POINT going public.

  5. Yeah because when I want medical advice on a pandemic I’ll consult with the NFL/nflpa first. This country is doomed.

  6. The AAFL and the XFL have both proven that it’s possible to put a quality product on the field without all the NFL’s offseason activity. The NFL can do the same if, as you recommend, they start planning for the possibility now.

  7. A vaccine is a prerequisite to the resumption of sports events. How come no one is saying this?

  8. I think even the doomsday predictions some in the media are making have things opening up by June… Plenty of time between then and camp… Can’t wait for football and for things to get back to normal… God bless everyone…. Stay healthy!!!

  9. NYC is losing 1 patient every 6 minutes to covid-19.Nurses and Doctors are dying, Nurses are crying and saying that they did not sign up for this.Other cities are seeing dramatic increases in cases of infection and triage tent hospital are being constructed in hot spots daily.And the NFL thinks that things are going to go on as normal….cannot believe this arrogance.

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