Coach Andy Reid has some fiery words to unite the NFL and its players
Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LIV champion coach Andy Reid has been the uniting voice amidst the wild NFL offseason. Coach Reid took the responsibility of speaking to union representatives. He even advised both commissioner Roger Goodell and team executives while working with the league on a sensible training-camp schedule.
He had some stern words for the NFL – for both players and officials alike. This according to the Football Morning in America featured in NBC Sports:
“This time,” Reid told the football people, “this isn’t us versus them. This isn’t players versus owners and coaches. This is all of us—players, coaches, owners, teams—versus COVID.”
Reid made the point that this was different than the lockout of 2011 when players and owners were warring. Back then teams couldn’t have contact with players through the spring and most of July. This time around, no one is exempted from the wages of the virus and that the best way to combat it is by coming together.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has brought massive changes to the NFL landscape thus far. The union and the league sorted out their differences and found a middle ground to which the two sides can come together. The parties eventually agreed on a collaborative deal regarding training-camp working conditions; this after an offseason of no practice or organized workouts.
Full roster training camps will commence in a couple of days. Most observers would agree that the upcoming 2020 season cannot come fast enough. After a winding offseason, Andy Reid and the rest of the Chiefs are looking to get back to business and defend their Super Bowl LIV crown.
Before it’s the Kansas City Chiefs against the rest of the league again, Coach Andy Reid wants a united front against the coronavirus first.