Jon Gruden is famous for waking up in the middle of the night and heading to the team facility. He’s been doing that routine for his entire coaching career.
Yet, this week, he was forced to call an audible and lead the Las Vegas Raiders’ coaching staff from his home. Late last week, the NFL decided to close all 32 team facilities on Monday and Tuesday of this week to help combat the rising cases of the coronavirus (but somehow the league allowed the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles to play Monday night, go figure).
Players and coaches will be allowed to return to their work places on Wednesday morning to prepare for Week 13, with the Raiders traveling to the New York Jets.
Usually, players are at their facility on Mondays for film review, some light field and weight-room work and injury rehab and they are off on Tuesdays. Coaches are in the building all day both Monday and Tuesday.
As he conducted his Monday media briefing from his home office instead, Gruden explained how he is adjusting this week. Basically, he and his coaching staff are on Zoom meetings all day, both days, with position coaches working individually when Gruden is in other meetings. Players are allowed in the facility only to get medical attention.
“(We’ll) do the best we can to get everybody on the same page and get ready for the Jets,” Gruden said.
It’s not an ideal situation, but that’s the NFL in 2020. And at least they’re playing the Jets ...