Sean McVay, Pete Carroll: NFL should punish teams for protocol violations

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was one of five coaches fined $100,000 for failing to wear a face covering during Week Two. Rams coach Sean McVay hasn’t paid a fine, but he did get a stern warning from the NFL for the same transgression in Week One.

Carroll and McVay agree the NFL should punish teams for blatant disregard for coronavirus protocols.

“Oh, yeah,” McVay said Wednesday, via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN. “There’s some very strict policies that the league is serious about implementing, and I think we all realize, you know, how volatile this thing is. And so to answer your question, yes.”

The Titans face potentially significant punishment for alleged protocol breaches that fueled an outbreak of COVID-19. Further, members of the team were photographed practicing off site after expressly being told not to do so.

“Well that’s really league business,” Carroll said. “The league doesn’t want teams to find a way to get ahead of another team and they’re trying to keep the competitive playing level equal. If guys aren’t, if teams aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do, then you gotta do something. And I don’t know what’s appropriate right now, we’re in kind of new territory right here. Sometimes you get fined and you got to pay it and sometimes you get docked something you got to give it up. So I don’t have a good thought for how you would balance that out and where you should go. It’s really not my discussion, but we’re going to try to do everything right so we don’t have to even face that issue, of course. But the league, you’ve got to expect the league to take action. They’re trying to keep a level playing field and that’s really a big issue for the league and so that’s how they’re going to go about it, and that’s how they’re doing it.”

8 responses to “Sean McVay, Pete Carroll: NFL should punish teams for protocol violations

  1. Love Pete, but even I have to laugh a little when he talks about being harsh on the rules breakers!

  2. The teams not following rules are threatening the season. That’s a huge no-no. Start taking away draft picks and you’ll be surprised how fast everyone learns how to follow rules. No season and the owners lose billions, and the fans lose out too.

  3. Damn straight. Follow the rules. This is a pandemic the likes of which few living US citizens have ever experienced. Our political leadership has failed us. Let’s look to other outlets, including the NFL, where hopefully cooler heads prevail, science rules and fines are issues for neglect or stupidity.

  4. Wait, Pete Carrol who held too many practices with live hitting (2years) is lecturing us on NFL protocols?

  5. Seahawks fan, but I don’t know that Pete should be saying too much right now since he can’t seem to stop pulling his mask down during the game.

  6. smokeybear says:
    October 8, 2020 at 3:27 am
    Wait, Pete Carrol who held too many practices with live hitting (2years) is lecturing us on NFL protocols?


    Since you don’t seem to understand how it works, lemme help you understand the differences here:

    Pete’s past transgressions in violating protocols affected the Seahawks. Period.

    The Titans recent transgressions affect the entire league, including ALL players, owners, and fans.

  7. Pete continues to ignore wearing a mask on the sidelines. Who is he to talk about punishment for violators?

  8. Every…and I mean EVERY coach in the game has or does pull his/her mask down during games. All game or most of the game? No. But every single one of them does pull them down at times. I can say the same for you and me. Who can say they’ve never pulled their mask down in a public place for just a moment to grab a breath of fresh air? Yeah I thought so. Let’s stop being hypocrits and start being real. Everyone is human afterall.

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