The NFL continues to configure ways to make sure the 2020 season is conducted despite the coronavirus pandemic. In response to the NFL's desire to have a season, Alex Mack of the Atlanta Falcons believes the health of the players needs to be prioritized, per ESPN's Vaughn McClure.
“I think the whole planet is anxiously trying to figure out the best way, safest way to do everything. We don’t have games until September, so we have a good amount of time to do that learning. The goal of the players is to stay physically healthy and keep each other safe from the virus, and also get your body right and be ready to play games. I think the difficulty will be, will you have a full offseason? I think the answer is no. Will there be a full training camp? You don’t know.’’
The beginning of the 2020 NFL season isn't scheduled to take place until September 10. With that in mind, players will have a few months to get educated on what they need to do to prepare for the upcoming season. In all likelihood, if NFL games are played, it will be in front of no fans or limited crowds, a blow to Falcons fans and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
At the same time, if the NFL plans on moving forward as scheduled, then they need to make sure it's safe for the players. So far this offseason, Brian Allen and Von Miller were confirmed to test positive for the coronavirus. Given that, the NFL needs to make sure that players are tested before appearing in games.
Mack, who's entering his 12th season in the NFL and fifth with the Falcons, realizes how important the offseason is for a player. Regardless of the circumstances, Mack knows that a limited offseason could cause some difficulties for players in 2020.