There’s no NBA-style bubble going on in the NFL, but the Dallas Cowboys are doing something similar.
According to a report from ESPN, many of the Cowboys are going to do a “virtual training camp bubble” and check into a hotel next to the team’s practice facility.
That does seem prudent, though not without some questions.
Cowboys not mandating players stay at hotel
As a few baseball teams can attest, a bubble is not really a bubble if some players aren’t on board.
The ESPN report said a “large number” of players are staying at the Omni Hotel, and it’s believed to be a majority of players, coaches and staff. That’s fine, but it still leaves players unaccounted for. The ESPN report said the team has not mandated players stay at the hotel but have strongly recommended it. So, not really a bubble.
But between the team’s lavish facility in Frisco, Texas, and The Omni, there shouldn’t be any need to leave. The Cowboys previously held training camp in Oxnard, California, so it will likely have a similar feel. Just with much different circumstances.
Saints also have a similar setup
The New Orleans Saints have also set up something similar, renting out for floors of a hotel for players. Sean Payton told Peter King of NBC Sports that it isn’t a bubble but “a sequester,” which seems more accurate.
Teams will get creative during the coronavirus pandemic, whether it be a hotel for training camp or quarantining one quarterback during the season or any other measures that were never on the radar a year ago. Perhaps the team that stays the healthiest will have an edge in this crazy season.
The Cowboys and Saints are doing what they can, though it’s not exactly what NBA teams are doing in Orlando. If it works, it might lead to other ideas for the regular season.
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