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NFL news: Virtual offseason will continue in 2021

League still expects that the coronavirus will affect team activities

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This is going to make Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden very sad.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Thursday that at least some of the offseason team activities will be done virtually in 2021 because of coronavirus guidelines, as was the case in 2020.

Goodell didn’t have a lot of details because, of course, the situation is fluid, but he conceded that there will be some virtual aspects of the offseason.

This is no surprise, of course. The hope is that at least part of the 2021 season will be played without masks on the sidelines and with fans in the stands, but clearly Goodell is taking a cautious approach.

Even though he had to know this was coming, the news has to hurt Gruden’s heart. He has mentioned often how much not being around his players in a normal setting bothers him.

While this is not ideal, it is reality and the fact is, the virtual offseason worked for the Raiders and most teams. Also, whether Gruden likes it or not, the players have been pushing for this and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the NFL offseason is a virtual experience for the foreseeable future.

Life has changed for everyone and the NFL is no different. Let’s just see how much normalcy comes back to the league in 2021.