Thousand Oaks, California. (AP) – Sean McVeigh was driving home from work Tuesday night when he received a phone call from Reggie Scott, director of sports medicine at Los Angeles Rams..
In fact, the unidentified player tested positive on Monday, which was the team’s first positive test since the start of the season. The team largely closed its training complex on Wednesday and conducted the work remotely, and three of the coaching team’s players were isolated.
The Rams (6-3) returned to work Thursday in preparation for their trip to Tampa Bay (7-3), but did so under the strict protocols now required for the entire league. . Emphasis is doubly placed on social distancing and protective gear, and reduced personal contact.
This is what made McVeigh boil, Thursday, with frustration at the state of the world and its ineffectiveness in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s an important part of what we do, but I tell you, I hate it,” McVeigh said of the masks, face shields and necessary distances during the teaching sessions. “It goes against everything I believe in and what I like about communicating with people, and being able to have that kind of interaction.. Hope this ends sooner rather than later, as it will make us bad callers. It will remove the essence of what is good from humans if we do not define this thing soon. This drives me crazy.
After a long pause in his daily press conference, McVeigh is quick to pinpoint the source of his frustration.
He said, « But I’ll follow the protocols. ». “I love all of it. I think he’s smart. I do not question that. I wonder how crazy I am because of this because you can’t interact with people, which is what you love most. It takes it all away. Hope we get this straight, especially for kids and things like that. It annoys me, it really is.
“I don’t discount the importance of following all these steps. I’m talking about this corona for birds and not protocols.
While McVeigh literally shouted at his countrymen to wear a mask and stay home on Thanksgiving, the young coach expressed the frustration that millions of Americans – especially his fellow teachers – are likely to share as their nation lags behind the world in preventing contagion.
McVeigh thrives in the classroom atmosphere, and the Rameses have built a large outdoor tent in their parking lot where they have been holding team meetings since the start of boot camp.. But it’s not the same for McVeigh if he can’t interact with his players on a personal level, and COVID-19 precautions make everything more difficult..
The Rameses realize they have no choice but to find out, and they are working on it this week as they prepare for the explosive attack of Tom Brady and the pirates.. .
« We’re adapting, we’re adapting, » said Brandon Staley, Junior Defense Coordinator for Rams.. “This year, one of the Rams’ defining features is trying to have great agility, because this year is unlike any we have seen before, so it requires great agility and great synergy within your organization to get things organized quickly.. We are just trying to follow the safest way to get together and get everything done. We definitely have the technology and the resources to get it done.
McVeigh was also not alarmed by his injured player after learning about possible circumstances by tracing contacts and conversations.. He said the player was not showing symptoms.
« I don’t think the person who got it for us was making bad decisions, » McVeigh said.. “Sometimes you are around someone and they don’t even realize they own it, and you end up getting it. . . . With all the unknowns, it’s not just about making bad decisions, we want to try to reduce the chances by making good decisions, and hopefully that will have a minimal impact on our team..
The Rams will not know for several days if they are able to contain an outbreak of just one player, so they are preparing for their fifth trip on the East Coast this season as if everything is as normal as possible in an unnatural global state.
“I think we handled it really well,” said Quarterback Jared Goff, who was wearing a mask while speaking on the Zoom call. « It’s about mitigating and how to stop it from spreading. I think we did a good job of that. Obviously, time will tell, but I think we did a great job.
Notes: C Brian Allen was the only addition to the Rams injury report. The backup was limited in practice with a knee injury. The rest of the injured Ramez players have already been transferred to the injured reserve. . . . CB Darius Williams was not included in the injury report despite landing hard on his shoulder during last Sunday’s win over Seattle.. . . . LB Obo Okoronkwo trained in the field while training while on his return from elbow surgery. Laughing, McVeigh noticed that he saw Okuronko training in the weight room without a shirt, but wearing a mask..
Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL, Monday Night Football
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