Bears general manager Ryan Pace, like everyone else in the United States right now, is doing his best to do his job in what's become a bizarre new normal of social distancing. Fortunately for him and the rest of the team's staff and players, Halas Hall is well-equipped to handle COVID-19's challenges.
The renovations at Halas Hall couldn't have come at a better time. The more expansive campus provides the Bears with the space needed to keep the players and coaches as safe as possible. For Pace, it offers a greater opportunity to appreciate the little things while catching a meal with Matt Nagy.
"So the last two nights, we discovered how nice it is," Pace said, via MMQB. "You sit out there, and it forces you to take a different vantage point during the day. Beautiful view, and it's pretty peaceful."
As Albert Breer pointed out, Pace and Nagy's view includes four outdoor practice fields and a couple of ponds. Not too shabby.
The most important takeaway isn't the landscape. Instead, it's safety.
NFL players have until Thursday to decide whether they'll opt-out of the 2020 season, and for teams that are lacking the facilities Chicago has, it's more likely high-risk players or those with families at high-risk will choose to sit out the season.
Now official: Deadline for NFL players to opt out is Thursday at 4 pm EST, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 3, 2020
Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman and safety Jordan Lucas have decided to opt out this year, and there's a chance more will do the same.
Pace is confident in Chicago's COVID-19 plan. We'll see if the players are too.
For now, Pace is finding comfort in the little things.
Ryan Pace finds silver lining in social distancing at Halas Hall originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago