Jon Gruden says he previously had COVID-19, is doing his best to wear a mask

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On the heels of a report that three separate head coaches are set to get fined by the NFL for not sufficiently wearing masks on the sidelines for games, Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden revealed that he previously had COVID-19 and is trying his best with his own mask habits.

I’m doing my best,” Gruden told reporters when asked about the report and his own mask usage. “You know, I’ve had the virus. I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive about it, but I’m calling plays. I just want to communicate in these situations and if I get fined l will have to pay the fine but I’m very sensitive about that and I apologize.”

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio are all set to received a $100,000 fine for their masking habits. Each team has also been fined $250,000 as well.

Gruden and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton were both seen frequently during the Monday night broadcast without their masks covering their faces correctly.

The NFL issued warnings last week to coaches about penalties on the horizon should coaches not adequately adhere to the guidelines in place.

Gruden and Payton have both said they have contracted the virus this year. Gruden didn’t take any more questions after his comments on the subject and so the extent of his experience wasn’t detailed any further.

11 responses to “Jon Gruden says he previously had COVID-19, is doing his best to wear a mask

  1. So he faked to his team that he had covid to make it sound serious, now he says he’s actually had it to try to explain not wearing a mask?

    It’s either some bad karma for faking it that he now has it, or he’s the boy who cried wolf twice over now. Either way not a good look for him.

  2. We get it Rog the mask thing for coaches is completely for the audience to show the NFL cares. Just curious why it doesn’t matter how the mask is worn as King Belicheck has his either over just his mouth or just his nose most of the game and he’s not fined? Isn’t it about safety? Oh that’s right it s just for show.

  3. Whether people like it or not, this is a rule in the NFL. These coaches look so foolish with their constant fussing with mask, pulling it off and back on. Find a face-covering system that works and leave it alone. If you find the right covering, you don’t need to pull it off to communicate.

    The equipment management team ought to be working hard on this. There won’t be one perfect solution for every coach and every situation, but there are a number of coverings that are relatively comfortable and that allow for communication.

    For example, gaiters–but not all gaiters. The coaches wearing gaiters are wearing ones that are often too tight and that slip down. They now make gaiters that have an earhole so that it stays up a lot better, and that type falls loosely to the shoulder, providing plenty of breathing room.

    Instead of these flimsy face shields, use a shop shield that has a pivot. If you’re in conditions that cause fogging, you can flip up the shield and clean it easily. You can probably also clip a mic to the polycarbonate shield.

    I have silicone face masks with a bunch of holes in them. You insert a filter behind the holes. They are comfortable, breathable and easy to talk through. What’s more the silicone mask can be sterilized or washed and ready to reuse immediately, with a new filter.

    For a League that spends so much money on elaborate equipment, I’m surprised they are working on their own designs for face coverings that will facilitate compliance.

  4. Let the refs give them a warning – or 2 – per game. Then start handing out 15 yd unsportsmanlike penalties.

  5. Absolutely coaches should wear masks. However, if he had covid, then he can’t get it again, which means he also can’t transmit something he can’t get. So why is he, and Sean Peyton for that manner, required to wear them? Because everyone has to?

  6. snowlock2013 says:
    September 22, 2020 at 10:45 am
    Absolutely coaches should wear masks. However, if he had covid, then he can’t get it again, which means he also can’t transmit something he can’t get. So why is he, and Sean Peyton for that manner, required to wear them? Because everyone has to?
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    You may want to brush up on your C19 research. Re-infection is not only possible, its happening. The antibodies in your system only remain for so long.

  7. @toothfairy

    Out of the 31,562,707 confirmed cases of COVID-19, there are reports of TWO POSSIBLE reinfections.

  8. Gruden seems like the kind of guy who gets sick, isn’t sure what it actually was (e.g., never got bad enough to get tested), later assumes that it was Covid, and thinks he’s now in the clear and tells people about it. Basically, the uncle that’s convinced he had it back in Oct-Feb and everyone around him knows he has no clue what he’s talking about.

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