NFL begins fining coaches for disregarding mask policy

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Last Monday, the NFL issued its warning. The league has taken action.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, three coaches were fined $100,000 each for failing to properly wear masks: 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, Broncos coach Vic Fangio, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Their respective teams were fined $250,000 each.

Those were hardly the only three coaches who failed to properly wear masks on Sunday.

The league doesn’t want coaches to view the fines as the cost of doing business, with a willingness to pay the fines and move on. Six-figure fines will get their attention. For a second offense, it’s likely the price will go up.

During Monday night’s game in Las Vegas, neither Saints coach Sean Payton nor Raiders coach Jon Gruden are covering their mouths or noses. They likely will be fined, too.

43 responses to “NFL begins fining coaches for disregarding mask policy

  1. I believe the public in general should be wearing masks in certain situations. However, letting the players go without masks and forcing the coaches to wear them on the same sideline is just stupid.

  2. Even six figures won’t hurt coaches. Immediate ejection from games will light a fire under their butts, but that would never happen.

  3. I find this hilarious…you keep people isolated, you get tested every day, you play in empty stadiums…but you need to wear a mask. And if you don’t, we fine you and the club.

    NFL is dying in front of our eyes…following the death of common sense.

  4. They get tested every day, sure, but that doesn’t guarantee they haven’t been exposed. The NFL is not in a bubble. Getting COVID and exposing to your team could cost a whole lot more than 100k.

  5. Second violation is twice the fine & one game suspension. Third, loss of 3rd rnd draft pick along with two game suspension & double fine again. After that, banned for life.

  6. Virtue signaling at it’s finest. Because someone made the rule that players don’t have to wear masks then somehow they are magically fine not to wear them. But because someone also made a rule that coaches have to wear masks then they are evil and putting us all in danger for not wearing them properly. Just look at the officials who take off their masks to talk to each other. That’s the time you should wear them. Yet they need them off to do their jobs, just like the coaches. Just a bunch of people looking to blame someone for not living up to their standards and rules.

  7. The behavior of these coaches is simply a reflection of the behavior of the general public, which is why this country leads the world in deaths from this virus and will continue to do so.

  8. doggz109 says:
    September 21, 2020 at 10:07 pm
    100k fine for forgetting to put it back up a few times after calling a play? Ridiculous.
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    I didn’t watch the Broncos or 49ers games, but Carroll wore his gaiter around his neck most of the game. Total disregard for the mask policy. At least Gruden and Payton were moving it back up after calling plays. tonight.

  9. Part of the reason these coaches and players make the money they do is because they are supposed to be role models to our children. When the CDC issues guidelines that masks should be worn, the NFL needs to not even put people in camera who are not willing to be role models. Shame on the NFL and shame on these coaches for promoting this recklessness. Coronavirus doesn’t enter the body through the chin.

  10. How do we see Payton’s smug expression with that mask on?!?! Give him a break. He did win a Super Bowl (30 years ago)

  11. Sean Payton already had covid-19 about 6 months ago, which as good as any vaccine for future resistance. Unless the nfl plans to have a mask policy for coaches forever, payton is as safe now as anyone will be in 2021 or 2022 or 2023. Reinfection seems to be extremely rare, typically very mild, there are only a few documented cases of millions globally, and some of those cases are suspect.

  12. thetooloftools says:
    September 21, 2020 at 10:57 pm
    Andy Reid had a face shield on. Smart man
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    YEA until he couldn’t see half of the game because it was fogged up!

  13. I know that neither Hoodie, Gruden or Pete Carroll are big into analytics, but all should check the mortality rates for dudes over 70 with COVID-19.

  14. daphne49er says:

    September 21, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    I find this hilarious…you keep people isolated, you get tested every day, you play in empty stadiums…but you need to wear a mask. And if you don’t, we fine you and the club.

    NFL is dying in front of our eyes…following the death of common sense.
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    I think you should check on your info instead of laughing. Although common sense isnt common what is common is people making up facts to fit their point of view. 1st the NFL isnt isolating anyone, the NBA is and even the NBA is enforcing masks inside their bubble. 2nd their not all playing in empty stadiums. Some are already playing in front of fans and more will be soon too. 3rd Yes, they do get tested but it’s not 100% and how can you blame the nfl for trying to safeguard themselves against a lawsuit if something were to happen? Whether masks work or not, at least they would be able to say they believed they did everything they could to limit risks while playing.

  15. doggz109 says:

    September 21, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    100k fine for forgetting to put it back up a few times after calling a play? Ridiculous

    >>>There is no need to take the mask down to call a play. Many of the coaches put their play cards in front of their faces when calling the play. They have a mic also when calling the play. If they are close to a player or another coach, they do not need to lower the mask to speak. Lowering it to speak is ridiculous.

    I am glad they are fining them and the refs who all huddled together should be fined as well. I noticed they had them up in the second half of the game after the fines were discussed. Someone must have called them and said keep them on. I don’t think the head official needs to remove it to announce a penalty. They have a mic and they also give hand signals to indicate the foul.

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    bkinacti0n says:

    September 21, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    doggz109 says:
    September 21, 2020 at 10:07 pm
    100k fine for forgetting to put it back up a few times after calling a play? Ridiculous.
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    I didn’t watch the Broncos or 49ers games, but Carroll wore his gaiter around his neck most of the game. Total disregard for the mask policy. At least Gruden and Payton were moving it back up after calling plays. tonight

    >>>I watched the games you mentioned and Pete would remove it to talk to someone, then put it back up which is totally wrong. Glad he was fined.

    Sean Mcshay wore his over his chin in week 1, did not see much of their game this week.

    In week 1 I did not see Payton wear his gaiter at all, the same for this game or some of his other coaches.

    Glad they have fined them.

  17. It’s about time, now the need to fine them for not covering their nose. For all of you people out there not covering your schnoz is the same as not wearing a mask. It’s not that difficult to protect the people around you!

  18. Marc in Bakersfield says:
    September 22, 2020 at 12:39 am
    Sean Payton already had covid-19 about 6 months ago, which as good as any vaccine for future resistance. Unless the nfl plans to have a mask policy for coaches forever, payton is as safe now as anyone will be in 2021 or 2022 or 2023. Reinfection seems to be extremely rare, typically very mild, there are only a few documented cases of millions globally, and some of those cases are suspect.
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    You are clueless.
    Immune protection form an previous infection lasts around 2 months so Payton is not protected thru 2023, not even close. He will produce a T-cell response but that is not the same as having antibodies. And reinfections are not that rare, I know several people that have been infected and then reinfected 3 months later. And the second infection isn’t always less severe than the first. Do some research and educate yourself.

  19. daphne49er says:
    September 21, 2020 at 9:58 pm
    I find this hilarious…you keep people isolated, you get tested every day, you play in empty stadiums…but you need to wear a mask. And if you don’t, we fine you and the club.

    NFL is dying in front of our eyes…following the death of common sense.

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    That’s why you’re a commentary here and not a scientist or medical professional. Isn’t
    it funny (coincidental) that after the whiners started being forced to wear masks, that the curve has started to flatten. Data how’s it. Science and data rule.

  20. I support wearing masks but only when it makes sense to do so. Having all the players go maskless and only making the coaches wear them as a statement makes no sense at all. These guys have all been crammed together in the locker room right before going out onto the field. Does anybody believe the masks are doing anything at all in these cases?

  21. But yet players from different cities can lineup a foot from each other. Tackle, sweat on, spit on one another. While on the same sideline as the coaches the players do not need to wear masks? Interesting. Moreover, Carson Wentz and Jerod Goff can stand right next to each other pregame, talking and then hug all while not wearing masks with no fine. If this was actually dangerous they would not be playing a contact sport. Random application of the rules is random.

  22. Patrick H says:

    “Part of the reason these coaches and players make the money they do is because they are supposed to be role models to our children”

    NOPE. YOU are supposed to be the role model for your kids.

  23. All paranoya no facts. CDC and Fauci change their minds on a daily basis. Enough of this already, live your lives its all politics.

  24. But the NFL has no qualms putting players out on the field without proper OTAs and off-season training and, thus, put the players at risk for injury – we’ve seen that injury spike the first two weeks of the season.

  25. drinkblatz says:

    September 21, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Virtue signaling at it’s finest. Because someone made the rule that players don’t have to wear masks then somehow they are magically fine not to wear them. But because someone also made a rule that coaches have to wear masks then they are evil and putting us all in danger for not wearing them properly. Just look at the officials who take off their masks to talk to each other. That’s the time you should wear them. Yet they need them off to do their jobs, just like the coaches. Just a bunch of people looking to blame someone for not living up to their standards and rules.
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    You should really learn what the buzz words actually mean since you obviously dont know. Since I doubt youll look it up,

    “virtue signaling is the sharing of one’s point of view on a social or political issue, often on social media, in order to garner praise or acknowledgment of one’s righteousness from others who share that point of view, or to passively rebuke those who do not.”

    Which is not what’s happening here. A rule was put in place that people are being called out for not following. Whether you agree with a rule or not makes no difference and just because you oppose it doesnt make it “virtue signaling”.

  26. nunya says:

    September 22, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    But the NFL has no qualms putting players out on the field without proper OTAs and off-season training and, thus, put the players at risk for injury – we’ve seen that injury spike the first two weeks of the season.

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    Except the injuries your referring to 1st off arent soft tissue injuries so wouldnt have been prevented, 2nd the majority of the injuries happened in week 2 NOT week 1 where they were actually ramping up, 3rd the NFL wanted a preseason game but the NFLPA was opposed to it so try to stop spreading disinformation. The more you know….

  27. Patrick H says:

    September 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    Part of the reason these coaches and players make the money they do is because they are supposed to be role models to our children. When the CDC issues guidelines that masks should be worn, the NFL needs to not even put people in camera who are not willing to be role models. Shame on the NFL and shame on these coaches for promoting this recklessness. Coronavirus doesn’t enter the body through the chin.
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    Correct coronavirus doesnt enter thru the chin. What’s also true is if your kids grow up to be a stain on society that’s on you for not being a proper role model it’s not on the athlete or the coach. It’s also your job as a parent to make sure your kids know that athletes are not perfect nor are they infallible so they shouldnt be treated as such.

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