When the different teams planned their various practice facilities, no one thought about how easy or how difficult it was to adapt these buildings to the realities of a pandemic. As a result, some teams are struggling to modernize their locker rooms and other work areas to meet NFL requirements.
In Atlanta, space is not an issue.
“We’re lucky to have a lot of space and a massive setup,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said on Wednesday’s #PFTPM podcast. “So that we can have some space and make sure we’re up to code on all protocols, we have these kind of townhouses that we stay in during training camp that are built right behind it.” our facility, which we able to use as a cloakroom right now. We each have our own bathroom, our bed and our changing room, and all that sort of thing. We’re specially designed to handle this, and our staff here have done an amazing job trying to make things as safe as possible for everyone and appreciate them doing it.
Not only does this type of arrangement help limit the spread of the virus, but it also gives players a greater sense of confidence and peace of mind, allowing them to focus more on football and less on fearing. to catch the virus. virus at work and bring it home.
It also looks like a perfect arrangement if / when the NFL decides to toughen the bubbles team-by-team, forcing players to stay on the team throughout the season, in order to prevent them from catching the virus elsewhere.