The NFL closed its’ team facilities back on March 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic and they’ve all stayed that way until this week. With the recent memo sent by the league to its’ clubs, a number of teams are able to open their doors starting today should they follow proper protocol and stick to the limitations placed by the league. Some of those limitations include no players being allowed back in unless they’re currently receiving medical treatment and no facility shall allow any more than 50 percent of their staff (up to 75 people) to be in the building at one time.
The state of California has had one of the strictest stay-at-home orders in the country but Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that the state could start transitioning into Phase 3, which is the phase that would allow professional sports to potentially return without fans in the stands in early June.
When asked about a timeline to transition into Phase 4, Newsom stated that it would be “weeks, not months away.”
This is all glorious news. After accepting that things may not get back to normal for a very, very long time, the country has started taking big steps towards normalcy in recent weeks. Unfortunately, the Chargers have made the decision to continue sticking with their virtual offseason program and won’t be opening up their doors as they’re still in the midst of moving their ticket and premium seat operations to Los Angeles.
Now on to the links.
Chris Hayre speaks with Daniel Jeremiah about Joshua Kelley and his fit with the Bolts (Chargers.com)
Jason Reed argues why the Chargers made a mistake by not signing Cam Newton (Bolt Beat)
Jason Reed gives us his reasonable expectations for the Chargers rookie class (Bolt Beat)
Chargers and Rams not among teams who can open facilities today (Los Angeles Times)
Maurice Moton predicts the 2020 stats for every starting quarterback (Bleacher Report)
Charean Williams discusses the proposed facemask modifications being tested by the NFL (Pro Football Talk)
Amy Trask dives into what a new debt ceiling could mean for the future of the NFL (The Athletic)