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This is a big step in the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas
We’ve finally gotten some clarity on the next step for the Raiders’ coaching staff and it was a predictable move.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reported on Monday that Jon Gruden’s staff will start working together when the new facility is ready to open in a couple of weeks.
FYI on @Raiders coaches returning to team facility: Jon Gruden and his staff will begin working out of the new Henderson facility in roughly two weeks, or after construction wraps up.
— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) June 8, 2020
The NFL allowed coaching staffs to return to their facilities last Friday.
Coaches from every team have been away from their facilities for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many teams’ staff members have already taken advantage of the NFL’s allowance to return and are back in their facilities where they will continue to work with players virtually.
The Raiders, however, were in a strange spot. They have moved their football operations out their Alameda, California, facility in recent weeks. Plus, the Bay Area coronavirus guidelines prevent large groups from assembling in work settings — so the Raiders’ staff is stuck in limbo.
Their brass met virtually last week to decide how to proceed. It is not a surprise that Gruden opted to maintain the status quo for another couple of weeks.
While this is a procedural move, it is significant because it means the Raiders are soon going to be fully operating out of Nevada, making their move to Las Vegas even more real.
When the coaches enter their new digs, they won’t be there for very long because NFL coaches get their vacation in mid-June to mid-July. Still, surely Gruden and his staff are excited to work together in-person again.