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Analysis: NFL’s juggling act probably has just begun

Analysis: NFL’s juggling act probably has just begun

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, left, greets Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio prior to an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Denver.

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, left, greets Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio prior to an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Denver.

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If fans are feeling dizzy, their heads spinning like they were jonesing on Lamar Jackson/Patrick Mahomes highlight videos, it’s understandable.

All of the schedule juggling the NFL is doing feels like a Tilt-A-Whirl gone mad. Even worse, it’s almost certainly not over.

Super Bowl in springtime? Not out of the realm of possibility.

The COVID-19 outbreak in Tennessee, followed by a mini-outbreak in New England, has forced all sorts of machinations. No team’s schedule through late November has been more disrupted than the Chargers — and they haven’t had a coronavirus positive.

Sure, the Titans seem to have some rescheduling done daily by the league, and the Patriots don’t know when they are able to practice at their facility or must go totally virtual. Yet when the NFL on Sunday shuffled the schedule cards, it was the Chargers who came up with deuces.

Get this: The Chargers had four games and their bye impacted. Not only will fans have to check whose playing in the upcoming weeks, so will the players.

As if that’s not enough upheaval, consider that we are in Week 5. That means 12 more weeks on the schedule, ending on Jan. 3. Except that getting in all of the games by then likely is a pipe dream in a collision sport with so many participants per team. Not to mention dozens of organizational members who work at team facilities.

After several of his players turned to social media to complain about the uncertainty, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said he understood his players’ feelings.

“But my message to them and to anybody is we were inconvenienced by this,

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NFL’s juggling act probably has just begun

NFL’s juggling act probably has just begun

If fans are feeling dizzy, their heads spinning like they were jonesing on Lamar Jackson/Patrick Mahomes highlight videos, it’s understandable.

All of the schedule juggling the NFL is doing feels like a Tilt-A-Whirl gone mad. Even worse, it’s almost certainly not over.

Super Bowl in springtime? Not out of the realm of possibility.

The COVID-19 outbreak in Tennessee, followed by a mini-outbreak in New England, has forced all sorts of machinations. No team’s schedule through late November has been more disrupted than the Chargers — and they haven’t had a coronavirus positive.

Sure, the Titans seem to have some rescheduling done daily by the league, and the Patriots don’t know when they are able to practice at their facility or must go totally virtual. Yet when the NFL on Sunday shuffled the schedule cards, it was the Chargers who came up with deuces.

Get this: The Chargers had four games and their bye impacted. Not only will fans have to check whose playing in the upcoming weeks, so will the players.

As if that’s not enough upheaval, consider that we are in Week 5. That means 12 more weeks on the schedule, ending on Jan. 3. Except that getting in all of the games by then likely is a pipe dream in a collision sport with so many participants per team. Not to mention dozens of organizational members who work at team facilities.

After several of his players turned to social media to complain about the uncertainty, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said he understood his players’ feelings.

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