Sean McDermott: “Ridiculous” to have inconsistent policy on fans in stadiums

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The Dolphins announced Monday that they plan to have fans at Hard Rock Stadium when they face the Bills in Week Two of the regular season.

It’s not clear at this point whether that will be the first time the Bills will play in front of fans. The team said in July that they were hopeful about having fans in what’s now called Bills Stadium, but current rules in their region of New York don’t allow for that.

On Monday, head coach Sean McDermott was asked about having fans in the stands and shared his belief that all teams should be operating under the same set of rules when it comes to having fans on hand this season.

“It is what it is. We control what we can control,” McDermott said, via Jon Scott of Spectrum News Buffalo. “I think it’s honestly ridiculous that there will be, on the surface, what appears to be a playing field that’s like that, inconsistently across the league with the different away stadiums. But it is what it is. We control what we control. That’s gotta be our mindset and that’s how we adapt.”

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer shared a similar sentiment last week and said the NFL’s current approach will lead to competitive disadvantages for teams over the course of the season. Neither coach’s comments appear to be impacting the league’s plans to move forward under the current arrangement.

11 responses to “Sean McDermott: “Ridiculous” to have inconsistent policy on fans in stadiums

  1. I couldn’t agree more!

    There should be a league policy on this and they should err on the side of no fans at least at the beginning of the season so that it’s a even playing field for all teams; home or away.

  2. Tough. The NFL will do the best they can, but it is impossible to avoid some degree of completive imbalance this year.

  3. Seriously, 20,000 fans spread out in a 70,000 stadium won’t be able to generate any type of noise that could affect your team…

  4. Sean quit whining and prepare your team. If your team can’t win in a visiting stadium that’s only filled to 15% capacity, it’s not the NFL’s fault. This is an odd season, you gotta roll with it.

  5. the different states governors call the shots on this. the question is should the NFL force teams not to have fans because other teams are in states that forbid it.

    I don’t really know.

  6. Sean quit whining and prepare your team. If your team can’t win in a visiting stadium that’s only filled to 15% capacity, it’s not the NFL’s fault. This is an odd season, you gotta roll with it.

    McD in only asking for a consistent leaguewide policy. A totally reasonable request.

  7. It’s ridiculous that anyone seriously believes that reduced fans in stadiums will have any meaningful effect over stadiums with zero fans. (Or in the Vikings situation, 250 fans. skoLOL!)

    What about all the sellouts for some teams over the halfhearted fan attendance of others?
    Or when an away team’s fans travel well, as their fans take over another’s stadium?
    Should we create some new rules to tip the competitive scales over those situations too?

    It just sounds like a whole lot of early excuse making.
    Concentrate on preparing your team for an unorthodox season, and simply performing better than your opponents and you’ll be just fine.

  8. McD in only asking for a consistent leaguewide policy. A totally reasonable request.

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    The policy is consistent…it allows for attendance based on the rules each state has for handling the virus. NYS doesnt allow for fans, Florida does.

    McD just wants a policy that says no one can attend games because NYS says they cannot. Thats not fair to other states and their fans.

  9. Why is it ridiculous? Different geographic areas have differing levels of coronavirus problems. So a team in a low coronavirus area shouldn;t be allowed to have fans? Ridiculous.

  10. Coaches are paid to worry about all competitive advantages and disadvantages, including different levels of home fan crowd attendance. Anyone that complains about coaches giving their opinion to that very direct question from a reporter with the “just prepare your team” mumbo jumbo either didn’t read the question and response or must not have taken their hot take over-reaction medicine today.

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