John Harbaugh Describes NFL Coronavirus Guidelines as “Humanly Impossible” to Follow

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Former Eagles assistant and current Ravens head coach John Harbaugh doesn’t seem to be a big fan of the NFL’s Coronavirus guidelines.

In a recent interview on Baltimore radio, he described the return to play plans as “impossible,” saying this:

“I’ve seen all the memos on that, and to be quite honest with you, it’s impossible what they’re asking us to do. Humanly impossible. So, we’re going to do everything we can do. We’re going to space, we’re gonna have masks. But, you know, it’s a communication sport. If we’re gonna get out there and have any idea of what we’re doing on the field, we’ve got to be able to communicate with each other in person. We have to practice.”

The NFL guidelines were sent to teams via a memo earlier this week. Among the demands are:

  • Daily screening and testing for players who enter the locker room, practice field, and other areas.
  • Six foot distance between lockers.
  • Six foot distance inside training facility with rearrangement of furniture and whatever else might inhibit that.
  • Virtual meetings where possible.
  • You have to wear a mask unless you’re doing an performance-related activity, like lifting.
  • No more than 15 players at strength and conditioning sessions.
  • Equipment disinfected after each practice.

Most of that seems reasonable in a vacuum, but you’ve guys hitting and tackling and talking and gathered in close proximity on the field, which seems to run contradictory to the above bullet points.

Said Harbaugh on that:

“I’m pretty sure the huddle is not going to be six feet spaced. Come on. 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 (union) need 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. Maybe we’ll know more in two months, and we can be more realistic and practical in what they’re asking. I expect that to be the case.

I think good people, smart people are involved in this. But the way I’m reading these memos right now, you throw your hands up and you go, ‘wow what the heck? There’s no way we can be right.'”

He’s not wrong. The various sports leagues are just looking out for the health and well-being of players and staff, but some of the guidelines just aren’t realistic, or don’t interface with the football-related activities that will be taking place on the field.

Here’s the full interview with Jason La Canfora and Ken Weinman:

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11 Responses

  1. It won’t be about football. It will be about kneeling and the ridiculousness of equating that to disrespecting the military blah, blah, blah.

    On the other hand if you need help with your take home ebitda- see Kent!

  2. Anybody else read about how sports (and Woodstock) went on normally and without incident during a pandemic in ’68/’69?

    1. How many? 2 year seasonal flu? Did people wear masks and socially distance? People working from home?

      Interesting topic.

      I bet less people died in those 2 years than have died from Covid in 3 months. I bet nobody wore masks or distanced. I am pretty sure they went about life normally for 2 years and it was far less lethal than covid19. Just guessing though. Could be a hoax or a conspiracy.

      1. I read an article on this. Life was cheaper then, average expectancy was around 70. People still smoked regularly. There was a war on. Totally different circumstances. But it figures that a RWNJ wouldn’t expect the world to evolve in 50 years.

        1. ..followed by a bleach chaser. What could go wrong?

  3. This article was way to long to hold my attention span.

    IT was written/stolen by someone who was shiitcanned from channel three
    because he used a company soc media accouunt to mock mexicans
    with raaciial name like P,U,T,O.

    either he is idi0t or raciist. which?

    Kinkier never explained what went down with this BUT
    he continually mocks and judges other people on a daily basis.

    This includes working for a company that only has young white wigger males
    on staff and does not hire women or people of color.

    Nothing more than a fucking hypocrite

    1. maybe you should apply for a job here? you got the copy/paste thing down pretty good

  4. I thought that pos criminal Floyd along with all those animals rioting killed the coronavirus?

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