NFLPA president: Every answer leads to “three more questions”

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The NFL and NFLPA continue to talk about how to open camps safely, but one of the problems they’re having is that the targets keep moving.

Trying to plan around a virus that’s spreading at record levels in large swaths of the country makes things difficult, and that’s one of the problems the league and union are having at the moment.

“There are a lot of questions unanswered, and even when you do come up with an answer, it brings up three more questions,” NFLPA president JC Tretter said, via Mike Jones of USA Today. “It’s kind of constantly trying to plug the holes, and you’re just trying to stay afloat.”

That reality makes progress on a plan difficult, with the clock ticking toward the scheduled July 28 opening of training camps.

According to Jones’ report, the goal is to have agreement on important issues sometime late next week (specifically mentioning between July 8-10), to give players time to make travels arrangements to return to work.

“The NFLPA and NFL are in the same exact place, where we want whatever makes for the safest possible environments for all our constituents, whether they be players, coaches, trainers, medical staff — anyone in that team environment,” NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said last week. “We’re going to work very hard together to educate everyone about the steps that we feel collectively are the most effective in reducing risks for everyone.”

Coming up with those steps is the current challenge, but the bigger one is recognizing any plans will have to be flexible, and subject to change throughout the season.

21 responses to “NFLPA president: Every answer leads to “three more questions”

  1. There will not be football this fall, too many places are opening up too early and you’re seeing a massive spike in the virus and it’s not gonna slow down

  2. Even if we had a president that was worth a crap, we still wouldn’t have football this year. But being part of the problem certainly didn’t increase the chances.

  3. I will be very, very surprised if the NFL actually plays a full season. COVID-19 is spiking and it’s extremely dangerous to be playing football during a pandemic. Also, it goes without saying that cramming thousands of spectators into a stadium is simply stupid. The infection and death rates will continue to climb until this country gets some leadership and an actual plan to arrest the coronavirus.

  4. Agree: Why put lives at risk?

     

    I agree with you. You couldnt give me free tix on the 50 to go to a game. But this isnt a game. The NFL is a $15B/yr business and everything possible will be done to salvage their revenue streams.

  5. The current situation is so dire that even many Republicans and some Fox news hosts are encouraging people to wear masks in public.

    I never thought I would see the day again when Republicans made recommendations that were not idiotic and selfish.

    Is this Armageddon?

  6. Time to let it go for this year. We ALL want football or we wouldn’t be on this site. We gotta literally take on for the team this time and keep folks safe.

  7. We can look and see how the European Soccer leagues are being able to play, even without fans. But the NFL is being too myopic here?

  8. Total hoax. Mortality rates in a steep decline. Liberal attempt to derail the president.

  9. Wondering if it would help if the league required all players to wear helmets equipped with a clear plastic face-shield mounted inside the helmet (and face-bars), much like the way plastic visors are mounted.

  10. wolves111 says:
    July 1, 2020 at 11:42 am
    Total hoax. Mortality rates in a steep decline. Liberal attempt to derail the president.

    ———————————————————–

    Leave it to to tea party people to leave out the part that death lags by 3 to 6 weeks and July and Aug. is gonna be catastrophic for tens of thousands of families who have to Bury loved ones.

  11. It’s a case of the flu times 10 nothing more nothing less it’s time to get back to life

  12. Somehow, I think the NFL is going to try to play. It will be a genuine mess when the virus hits some locker rooms. Shane Falco – Buckle up the chinstrap. The good news? Your starting!
    The bad news? So is Aaron Donald.

  13. I’m shocked at how many naive posters here think COVID 19 is nothing more than the flu, or worse yet, a hoax. And by god, it better not interfere with Sunday Night Football! How many body bags do you need?

  14. scguy2011 says:
    July 1, 2020 at 11:38 am
    We can look and see how the European Soccer leagues are being able to play, even without fans. But the NFL is being too myopic here?

    _______________
    One tiny difference here worth noting.
    The UK had 814 new cases yesterday.
    The US had had 41,008 new cases yesterday.

  15. Tretter, this is why you were elected union president. Keep making good decisions and stay safe. Cleveland loves you.

  16. wolves111 says:
    July 1, 2020 at 11:42 am
    Total hoax. Mortality rates in a steep decline. Liberal attempt to derail the president.

    Ignorance can be changed. Stupidity your stuck with.

  17. Play in hazmat suits. Everyone in their own little environmental bubble. It would at least be kinda funny.

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