Masks, socially-distanced chairs and desks, and even a “Splash Shield”-type of face covering.
Those are just a few things that NFL players and coaches will have to get used to as they prepare for the 2020 season, all in an effort to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
While many fans ponder what the future holds for the upcoming football season due to the coronavirus, NFL Films is hard at work ahead of the season premiere of “Hard Knocks,” which will highlight the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams in August.
As camera crews start to compile as much footage as they can before the season gets underway, NFL Films decided to give fans a small taste of what’s to come when this season of “Hard Knocks” premieres on August 11, starting with a clip from a Rams team meeting.
In the video, Rams head coach Sean McVay sports a unique look to hammer home the message he’s looking to get across this summer: “Wash your hands, wear your mask or cover your face.”
“Be smart about that,” McVay tells those in the room. “When you leave the building, have enough respect for this ecosystem. ‘Cause it’s like we’re gonna compete with our schemes, but we’re gonna win with our players and our people.”
Unfortunately for McVay, his Rams won’t be able to go out and compete with their schemes or players until the regular season officially starts in September, given the cancellation of the 2020 preseason due to COVID-19.
After all of the uncertainty over the last four months, however, McVay was just happy to be in a room with his coworkers and able to dive in on football-related matters.
“It is good to just be back and talk,” McVay said. “My gosh! I didn’t realize how much I missed you guys.”
Football fans and analysts alike have been chomping at the bit for years, waiting to see what practices and meetings with McVay at the helm look like given his success in his first few seasons as the Rams head coach. But, they may be even more excited to see what the fourth-year head coach is like when he has to work around a global pandemic.
If the NFL Films clip is any indication, however, McVay appears to be just as loose as usual, even given the circumstances created by COVID-19.
“How funny would it be, first team meeting, I come in with a blowtorch over my shoulder with this [Splash Shield]?” McVay joked. “‘Alright, here we go. Welcome to 2020.'”