Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn’t happy about the proposed NFL guidelines. These are for teams reopening their facilities. Which have been shut down since March because of the coronavirus aka Covid19.
“I’ve seen all the memos on that. To be quite honest with you, it’s impossible what they’re asking us to do. Humanly impossible,” Harbaugh said in an interview with 105.7 The Fan. “So, we’re going to do everything we can do. We’re going to space, we’re going to have masks. But, you know, it’s a communication sport. We have to be able to communicate with each other in person. We have to practice.”
The guideline requires social distancing in locker rooms, meeting and weight rooms as well as cafeterias. Harbaugh said he is unsure how those standards can be realistically applied everywhere.
“I’m pretty sure the huddle is not going to be 6-feet spaced,” Harbaugh said. “Are guys going to shower one at a time all day? Are guys going to lift weights one at a time all day? These are things the league and the [players’ association] needs to get a handle on and needs to get agreed with some common sense so we can operate in a 13-hour day in training camp that they’re giving us and get our work done. That’s the one thing, you can tell by my voice, I’m a little frustrated with what I’m hearing there. And I think they need to get that pinned down a little better.”
John Harbaugh Unahappy With Covid19 NFL Guidelines
With training camps scheduled to start in July, Harbaugh is hoping that there will be a more realistic and practical set of rules in place by then. Time will tell. More updates to come. Also, Ravens Super Bowl odds below.
“I think good people, smart people are involved in this,” Harbaugh said. “But the way I’m reading these memos right now, you throw your hands up and you go, ‘What the heck? There’s no way this can be right.'”
Despite his views on the current guidelines, Harbaugh and his staff plan to adhere to whatever rule is in place when the season begins and hopes other teams do so as well.
“As a coach, you don’t want to hear that you’re limiting your operations as far as preparing your team and then you hear 10 other teams aren’t paying attention to the rules. Then there’s no consequence for that,” he said. “Then they have an advantage on you. That’s what I don’t want to see. I just think it needs to be fair and it needs to be reasonable, and I think they’ll find a way to do that.”