By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
NFL coaches are throwing the challenge flag on the idea of the 2020 season starting on time.
Amid fears of spreading the COVID-19 virus, which has suspended and threatened the NHL and NBA seasons among many others, the league is doing its best to continue as many offseason activities as possible. But if it begins pushing events back - which appears inevitable, considering that organized team activities can't take place while teams' facilities are temporarily closed.
"One thing to pass along: I’m increasingly hearing from coaches and front office executives that they believe it will be nearly impossible for the season to start on time," Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman tweeted on Wednesday. "Some believe training camp will start in the fall."
This goes along with NFL execs speaking publicly in favor of postponing the 2020 NFL Draft, which the league is currently planning to hold as scheduled on April 23-25. They're reportedly exploring options to conduct the draft remotely. Broncos GM John Elway and Saints GM Mickey Loomis are among the front office leaders to support the idea of pushing the draft back.
But for now, the NFL is instead trying to maintain normalcy the best way they can. It's taking advantage of being in the offseason and not requiring public gatherings to the extent that they're required for leagues in mid-season. So if they can find a way to hold the draft on time, perhaps they can find a way to get the season started on time as well. Coaches and GMs don't feel so great about that proposition.
If the owners have the final say on when league events take place, the coaches and execs may be proven wrong.
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