NFL facilities should open at the same time – Steelers coach Tomlin

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Retrieved 10 May 2020, 05:10 IST

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin believes it is only fair to reopen NFL facilities at the same time amid the coronavirus epidemic.

The NFL has a plan for 15 girls on Friday to reopen the facilities for all 32 teams.

Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all teams on Wednesday, informing them of the protocols set up to keep their complexes ready for opening and then advising them on when to allow workers to enter.

In the first phase, 50 percent of non-player staff are allowed access, and only players will continue their rehabilitation and therapy, which they began before being ordered to close in late March. The second stage involves increasing the number of staff members and players.

Tomlin spoke to reporters at a conference call on Saturday and said: “I’ve proposed a competitive fairness approach to our game, and that’s where everyone gets a chance.

“Our game is very competitive. It’s something that makes this level of football so attractive to our fans.

“I am committed to preserving and protecting it and so all teams have the opportunity to start at the same level. This is the key element.”

Tomlin added: “There are a number of things that we are committed to adhering to, and this is how important the National Football League’s global outlook on football options and competitive fairness in our game is.

“We were all able to start working with the same steps in that case. Then, our local government and they respect the guidelines set out separately in the field of workplace safety.”

“These are two key elements for us. We’re in a wait-and-see mentality, and we’ll be ready to go once both boxes are checked.”