The NFL sent a warning to every team following Week 1, reminding coaches and staff members of the COVID-19 protocols. Several coaches did not display proper use of masks on the sideline in the opening weekend.
“[W]e must remain vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not only the league, union and clubs, but also by state and local governments,” NFL VP Troy Vincent wrote in the memo sent to the teams. “Becoming careless or ignoring face covering and physical distancing requirements will put the 2020 season at risk.”
While mask use was improved in Week 2, there were still some notable potential offenders. The next step could be fines.
The NFL is reviewing several coaches’ failure to properly wear face coverings in the sideline area during Sunday’s games for potential discipline, I’m told.
NFL VP Troy Vincent sent a warning to clubs last week. The next step could be fines for offenders.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 21, 2020
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was among those who went viral for his mask use on Sunday.
Bill Belichick has Bird Mask Technology pic.twitter.com/QQztKicrtD
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 21, 2020
ProFootballTalk noted on Sunday night that several coaches will likely be hearing from the league.
As one league source explained it to PFT, the NFL likely will implement reasonable fines while also demanding a commitment that there will be no further violations. Then, if there are further violations, the financial consequences will increase dramatically.
The NFL has had tremendous success so far in 2020 as far as its COVID-19 testing results are concerned.
The league wants to make sure no one lets up during games.