NFL threatens self-discipline for coaches not sporting masks on sidelines

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The NFL despatched a memo Monday morning to strengthen its requirement that coaches put on face coverings always on the sidelines throughout video games, threatening self-discipline for many who do not comply.

The sharply worded message, written by govt vice chairman of soccer operations Troy Vincent, got here in response to huge variance in compliance in the course of the first Sunday of the 2020 season. It was directed notably at head coaches, on whom TV broadcasts continuously focus.

The discrepancy was notably noticeable Sunday evening in Los Angeles, the place Rams coach Sean McVay usually had his masks pulled down beneath his chin. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy wore his masks all through the sport.

Vincent wrote that Week 1 was “great” however famous that “we should stay vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not solely the league, union and golf equipment, but in addition by state and native governments.”

Vincent added: “The NFL-NFLPA gameday protocol, which displays the recommendation of infectious illness specialists, membership medical staffs and native and state governmental rules, requires all people with bench space entry [including coaches and members of the club medical staff] to put on face coverings always.

“Failure to stick to this requirement will end in accountability measures being imposed in opposition to offending people and/or golf equipment. The face overlaying should be worn as designed in order that it securely suits throughout the wearer’s nostril and mouth to forestall the transmission of the virus.”

The league protocol, up to date shortly earlier than the season started, says that anybody with bench space entry — besides gamers — should put on masks always. Coaches are allowed the choice of a masks, neck gaiter and/or face defend. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid selected a face defend for Thursday’s sport in opposition to the Houston Texans, but it surely fogged up all through.

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