Football writer Gary Myers – who wrote the NYT bestseller "Brady vs. Manning" – made some waves this morning with quite the tweet:
According to a high-level source this morning: The NFL right now is planning on having a full 16-game season. It has not discussed contingency plans with the teams. One possibility that could emerge is delaying the start but still getting in 16 games. Real football in March?— Gary Myers (@GaryMyersNY) March 31, 2020
I was told start of season could be delayed, although NFL has not discussed yet with teams. If it's delayed three weeks and off-week between conference title games and SB is not eliminated, SB would be Feb. 28. If pushed back one month, SB would be in March. Hope that clarifies. https://t.co/Jc9yFRAUNi— Gary Myers (@GaryMyersNY) March 31, 2020
It's obviously just one report (and not quite even that), so take it for what it's worth. That being said, Myers' report coming on the heels of Chase Daniel – who works closely with the NFLPA – strongly speculating that there weren't going to be any offseason programs paints the beginning of a grim picture when it comes to the NFL 2020 season. Having been relatively unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic up until this point, the league has recently had to cancel it's Annual Meeting, close team facilities and dramatically alter the format of its draft.
And if the writing wasn't already on the wall, here's a second part of Myers' report:
Correction: The 2020 NFL schedule likely would have been released on April 15 or April 16, the week before the draft. Now the earliest it will be released is early May and I wouldn't be surprised if it was even later than that.— Gary Myers (@GaryMyersNY) March 31, 2020