The NFL has made it to the starting line.
The 2020 season kicks off Thursday, and our beloved Green Bay Packers take to the field on Sunday.
“The guys are excited, the coaches are excited,” head coach Matt LaFleur tells WTMJ. “It’s just nice to focus our attention on somebody else. I know these guys are sick of hitting each other. So, I think everybody is looking forward to Sunday.”
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, special protocols are in place. Including masks, social distancing, and testing.
“You wake up, you come in, you go get tested really quick. The people here have done an outstanding job. It’s pretty efficient. You’re in and out in probably less than two minutes. It’s not too invasive, but it definitely is our new normal,” adds LaFleur.
Team travel will also look a bit different. The Packers are leaving for Minnesota a bit later than they usually would.
“It is going to be a different experience. I think a lot of our guys, when we go on the road, they’re used to going out, grabbing dinner, coming back to the hotel, getting ready for the night meetings, maybe meet up with some friends at the hotel. It is going to have a different feel. We are gonna be kind of quarantined in that hotel. We just gotta make the best of it,+-” LaFleur says.
“At the end of the day, I love the maturity of this football team. They know that we’re going to Minnesota for one reason and one reason only, and that’s to play a football game. Not only play, but we’ve got to perform our best in order to come out with a victory.”
For much more from LaFleur on Wisconsin’s Morning News, click in the player above.