The smartest of NFL teams have presumably already been figuring out ways to minimize disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are bigger concerns in the world, but football coaches’ jobs are to win games.
In football terms, one obvious concern is what happens if there’s an outbreak among a team’s quarterbacks. There are only three quarterbacks on most teams, they all spend most of the work week together, and if all three test positive and have to be quarantined that means the team would have to sign someone to start on Sunday.
The Carolina Panthers are already thinking it through.
Matt Rhule: Panthers have talked about quarantining players
New Panthers coach Matt Rhule said discussions about quarantining certain players, particularly quarterbacks, happened with owner David Tepper a while ago.
Matt Rhule said owner David Tepper talked to him a few months ago about potentially quarantining quarterbacks, some others, if needed.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) June 25, 2020
Rhule apparently didn’t say if he would adopt that plan, but it’s fair to assume other teams have thought about measures like it.
We saw the Philadelphia Eagles take quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round and then someone leaked that the pick was made, in part, as insurance in case the coronavirus hit the team. We all know the importance of quarterbacks to each NFL team, and losing a starter or especially multiple quarterbacks to an outbreak would be costly on the field. Again, there are more important things, but coaches have to consider the football side of things, too.
Perhaps the teams that figure out the best way to keep their main guys healthy will have an edge.
Rhule expecting training camp to start on time
Rhule said he expects camps to start on time in late July but is prepared to adjust if needed.
After New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins told CNN on Thursday that he is concerned about playing until the risk of the coronavirus is eliminated, Rhule said he would support any players who opt out of playing.
Matt Rhule on what his stance would be if any players want to opt out of the season: "Everyone should do what's best for their health and the health of their families."— Joe Person (@josephperson) June 25, 2020
There will be many things to figure out, from a league and team level. The best teams are likely working through all the unusual scenarios already.
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