Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien talks about the latest update on the offseason training program. What’s going on? Let’s look.
The Houston Texans are doing everything they can to be prepared for the upcoming season, scheduled to take place on time which is nearly five months away. Even though the timeline seems to very far-fetched, it really isn’t considering the effects that COVID-19 has had on our way of life.
Although some areas of the world are starting to flatten the curve, some have not quite yet and that includes the United States as more cases continue to be reported. It remains to be seen when this peak will be but we all must do our part to stay socially distant until gradual restrictions are lifted and we can get back to some type of normalcy in our lives.
Sports had continued to be undefeated through rain, sleet or snow or whatever type of natural disaster. Things would be postponed. But the unknown timeline of this virus has professional sports leagues thinking outside of the box in regard to what a startup would look like.
Major League Baseball has already had a set of three prerequisites that must take place in order
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for them to start games and I’m sure other leagues are doing something similar as well.
But for the meantime, the NFL Draft will go as scheduled and it’s things are looking like it will be virtual — definitely without fans — and the team personnel will be able to conduct transactions from their homes.
By the way, take a look at some of the guys that the Houston Texans should draft.
In addition, the offseason training programs — which the timeline is awfully close to — rookie minicamp, organized team activities (OTAs), possibly even training camp could be on the cutting board before the season starts.
Bill O’Brien thinks that at least the offseason training program — scheduled to commence April 20 — be canceled but nothing has been confirmed yet.
"“We do miss the players,” O’Brien said. “We’re going to miss that offseason program. It hasn’t been officially canceled yet, but I think it will be. We’re going to miss that.”"
He mentioned that the players will work out on their own, mentioning that they’re “go-getters,” and will be able to “get things done.”
Wilson also reports that J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson, Justin Reid, Jacob Martin, Lonnie Johnson Jr., Charles Omenihu, and Whitney Mercilus are the notables working out on their own in addition to other team members.
It’s in the best interest of the NFL to tread carefully with this as this is saving lives by us all staying at home to prevent community spread.
We’ll see our games but it will be in due time but let’s hope it’s sooner or later, especially when it’s safe to do so.
Let’s keep an eye on the almost-imminent announcement of the cancellation of the offseason training schedule.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s Web site or the Web site for your state’s Department of Health.