Titans could end up being hammered by league

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The Titans already faced a potentially significant punishment for alleged protocol breaches that fueled an outbreak of COVID-19. Given the news that the team apparently gathered to practice last week after expressly being told not to do so, the Titans could be facing a consequence the likes of which the NFL has never seen.

There’s buzz in league circles of possible “historic” punishment for the Titans given the various violations.

“Especially if Troy [Vincent] was the one that told them not to practice,” one league source opined.

Questions also linger regarding what the Titans knew, when they knew it, and when they shared it with the league office or the Vikings, Tennessee’s Week Three opponent.

Some in league circles already think the league is inclined to punish teams for outbreaks, reasoning that the league’s protocols will prevent problems if followed and that, if problems happen, protocols must not have been followed. Throw in the apparently deliberate effort to defy instructions by the league to stand down during an outbreak in order to prevent it from exacerbating, and the NFL could soon make past punishment imposed on the Patriots seem like parking tickets.

75 responses to “Titans could end up being hammered by league

  1. Do not compare this to the patriots. The big difference here is that the patriots are a bunch of cheaters. Over and over again they get caught cheating.

  2. The problem is if they make the Titans forfeit the game, it’s really not fair for the Bills to get a free win + an additional bye week. Talk about a huge competitive advantage

  3. Roger has got to show some leadership here for once during the pandemic and come down with the ban hammer

  4. I have no idea what to do. But if they’re serious about this. Forfeit of a game which includes no game checks.

  5. Either they lose all their draft picks next year or they have to sit out for the rest of the season.

  6. Seriously don’t get this? Why jeopardize not only your teams season, but the entire league itself???

  7. If the players gathered on orders from the coach, the coach should be suspended and they should hand over 2nd round draft picks.

    If the players gathered despite the coach telling them not to, the team should forfeit every game it misses because of this.

  8. Goodell has been waiting to pull his new “punishment wheel” out of the closet. He can’t wait to give it a spin

  9. Nobody gets the business like the Patriots.
    The most recent was a third rounder for some street videographer’s error hired by the teams website. On the Bengals, no less! Arthur Blank’s boys got less than that for admitting to piping in artificial crowd noise over the stadium speaker system.

    Which one realistically has a greater impact on the integrity of the game?

  10. NFL could soon make past punishment imposed on the Patriots seem like parking tickets.
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    That’s because they were……

  11. At this point if they can’t field a team. They need to forfeit and take an L in future games they can’t field a team. Nobody’s fault but their own.

  12. Good! They have caused at least one problem with the Steelers game, that now has caused the Steelers schedule to be negatively impacted. I initially passed that off as a life with Covid until I read that the Titans apparently were not following any type of mask protocol at their facilities. Now, if true, they once again are not following the rules, and will probably cause another scheduling problem this week. They deserve far more than a slap on the wrist…IMO.

  13. Fans don’t want their NFL games taken away because these idiots can’t follow simple rules. Throw the book at them.

  14. Bounty Gate did not happen as per independent investigation and Saints were hosed by the league anyway. I demand quick punishment including suspension of coaches and loss draft picks. No player should be suspended or fined.

  15. A forfeit unfairly rewards their planned opponent, so that seems just idiotic enough for Goodell to do it.

  16. Instead of forfeiture and draft picks, why not just hold the titans ownership liable for the games that are forced to be missed?

  17. I don’t believe there will be a forfeit. If there was, the Steelers should be the recipient of a forfeit too! The penalty will be big $s and more importantly, draft picks. How do you not take Covid seriously? Say goodbye to two #1’s, Tennessee!

  18. Bring the hammer. And bring it down hardest on Taylor Lewan and Will Compton who laughed about violating protocols.

  19. Have them forfeit the Steeler game giving the Steelers a bye week. Then take away a couple of draft picks.

  20. So the NFL, in it’s infinite wisdom, knows how to prevent players from getting covid. Not like someone could catch it from their wife, girlfriend, or kid.

  21. Aww, I really hope there’s no forced forfeiture. As a fan, I want the Bills to EARN their victories, not get them at gifts. There’s still some people out there saying they’ve played “literally nobody,” so I can only imagine the fuel that would be added to that fire were the Bills to be handed a W due to the Titans forfeiting

  22. Seriously don’t get this? Why jeopardize not only your teams season, but the entire league itself???
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    Why jeopardize your own health and the health of your family risking an infection with a virus that to this day still somehow unknown.

  23. Guess they haven’t gotten the message that non compliance could easily compromise the entire season. I would assume the message will now be presented with a hammer in lieu of a memo…

  24. This is getting out of hand and ridiculous. Let’s just move on, COVID isn’t going away anytime soon, so we just have to deal with it. The NFL’s continued oversight and hammering through threats to teams, players, and coaches is tiresome.

  25. Forfeiting a game makes no sense as a punishment because it affects too many other innocent people. You’re not just giving the team a loss, you’re giving another team a free win. So then another team could miss out on the playoffs because they finish a game behind a team that was gifted a win by the NFL. If you want to punish the Titans, fine. Just don’t punish other teams with your punishment.

  26. Fine the team, players and coaches…forfeits and lost draft picks hurt the fanbase

  27. TEAMS AND COACHES ARE NOT GETTING IT ! The Titans need to be made an example of and I’m not talking about fining muti millionaire players some chump change $$$ they don’t care about. The Titans screwed up. Were told not to do something and then they go and do it anyways? Does Mr. Goodell have any teeth? If he does, now is the time to work with Troy Vincent and send a damn message to the entire NFL by throwing some serious body blows to those idiots on the Titans team. Look up PANDEMIC. IT basically says “nothing to mess with” and these clowns decide to play by there own rules. In the words of the band Queen…”it’s time for the hammer to fall”.

  28. Would Tannehill and friends really disobey Vrabel and do this, or did Vrabel know about it in advance… if that’s true, he really is as much of a meat-head as he looks.

  29. Garbage organization. They put the entire league and season at risk. They deserve whatever they get.

  30. Players need to stop meeting on the field after the games and hugging and getting in each others face without masks. Just like the White House, they feel like they are tested every day that they cant get it or don’t have it. The White House is covered in Covid now with that same attitude. Testing doesn’t stop you from getting it it just tells you if you have it. They need to take it more seriously, I’m sure some teams are but it appears the Titans are not. Hopefully all teams will be going forward.

  31. The ultimate punishment would be to have the refs pretend that they are the Jaguars for the rest of the season and give them nonstop horsecrap penalties.

  32. Ok. So a team ignores league protocol and loses several players. Since the odds i
    would indicate a loss for the weekended team a forfeiture would be just like a loss.
    Not just a forfeiture but the loss of high draft picks for multiple yesrs.

  33. Yeah, if they practiced in direct contradiction or orders, some major punishment is appropriate.

    But how should Gooddell be punished for saying KC and the Patriots should play when each had a player test positive–and now there is at least one more player testing positive? The League doesn’t want to take responsibility for anything, but if infections take off among the Chiefs and Patriots, who else is more to blame than the League?

  34. If they knew of the infections ahead of time and did not alert the Vikings, then THAT is the game that should be forfeited.

    No sense in awarding a game to the Bills that they didn’t even have to play.

  35. Why do the Raiders always get the toughest schedule every season, regardless of their record the previous season?

  36. Here is the SOLUTION: Give the Titans 2 Losses (forfeit) and change the game to Steelers vs Bills week 7….and have the Bill’s take a bye week this weekend like they did to the Steelers on short notice…so Steelers and Bill’s will play each other twice this year…..this is the fairest option in my opinion! The Titans who blatantly ignored protocol get the punishment they deserve: 2 Losses and NO paychecks for those games forfeited….

  37. The only thing that coaches’ and owners understand is money and draft picks. My choice would be take 5 draft picks and fine the owner 100 million big ones. Bill

  38. Go back to where this kind of disregard for these virus rules started and you wind up in Tampa Bay – staring at Tom Brady. The league did nothing except ‘tsk tsk” in his general direction.

  39. Postpone the game until everybody is cleared and healthy, and then suspend every player involved for that game.. Healthy scratches everybody

  40. 7 months in people get complicit, I haven’t gotten it yet so why now. Too many players go with the warrior mentality. The team needs to feel the pain if they brought this upon the league, don’t they know the real loser is the money that won’t change hands because they screwed up.

  41. You cant have them forfeit. That would give teams a free win. I think 1st and 2nd round picks next year and fine that ends up being the pay checks for games missed.

    I hope they put these guys in bubbles for the playoffs.

  42. Goodell should punish them by Forcing the Titans to take Sam Darnold, CJ Mosely, and LeVeon Bell off their hands for a 1st round pick.

  43. i seem to remember last year where mike vrabel said he’d cut off his you-know-what to get to the super bowl.

    this isn’t the super bowl but i would imagine after all of this, if he’s found culpable in any way…roger is coming to take care of that for him…

  44. Does the league think that it’s time to stop having every player wipe their sweat with their hands, lick their fingers and then dap each other up, hug, etc, before and after the game now?!

    It’s not going to avoid an outbreak 100% but it seems like a logical place to make a stand! The’y’re not allowing in-game jersey swaps, so why wouldn’t this be #1 on that list?!

  45. Seems to me that forfeiting is not fair to the rest of the teams. They get a W without even trying. Nope not cool with me.

  46. I’m not condoning breach of protocols. For sure they are in place for a reason. BUT, the NFL kinda makes up its punishments as it goes. For example, if my boss said failure to comply with protocols will get you fired you darn well right I’ll follow them. But if my boss says there will be consequences for not complying with protocols I’d test his mettle.
    Just saying

  47. Play the bills week 11 (bills bye week) and adjust titans achedule weeks 10 and 12 making them do 3 games in 8 days. Like a sun, thu, mon scenario. So long as it doessnt screw over the titans wk 10 n 12 opponents.

  48. Titans v Bills week 11 on 11/16 another MNF doubleheader. This is Bills bye week and Ten would have games on 11/8 (sun), 11/12 (thu), 11/16 (mon) and 11/22 (sun) for their weeks 9 thru 12. Plus draft picks, fines, suspensions, etc.

  49. As a Bills fan, I don’t want a win by forfeit, and I expect the Bills organization and players don’t either.

  50. “Here is the SOLUTION: Give the Titans 2 Losses (forfeit) and change the game to Steelers vs Bills week 7….and have the Bill’s take a bye week this weekend like they did to the Steelers on short notice…so Steelers and Bill’s will play each other twice this year…..this is the fairest option in my opinion! The Titans who blatantly ignored protocol get the punishment they deserve: 2 Losses and NO paychecks for those games forfeited….”

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    By far the best idea so far, it’s brilliant. NFL take notice!

  51. it’s probably gonna something like 5 million dollar fine and loss of draft picks for 3-4 years. All of which is going to be appealed and reduced.

  52. taztroy43 says:
    October 7, 2020 at 6:32 pm
    Here is the SOLUTION: Give the Titans 2 Losses (forfeit) and change the game to Steelers vs Bills week 7….and have the Bill’s take a bye week this weekend like they did to the Steelers on short notice…so Steelers and Bill’s will play each other twice this year…..this is the fairest option in my opinion! The Titans who blatantly ignored protocol get the punishment they deserve: 2 Losses and NO paychecks for those games forfeited….
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    You may be on to something here….

  53. grogansheroes says:
    October 7, 2020 at 4:39 pm
    So the NFL, in it’s infinite wisdom, knows how to prevent players from getting covid. Not like someone could catch it from their wife, girlfriend, or kid.
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    The NFL higher ups are following protocol as set up by team doctors and outside professionals who deal with these things on a daily basis.

    Yes you may be able to get Covid from a family member but that doesn’t mean that the designated rules should be ignored .

  54. What the Patriots did was make attempts to win games by bending/breaking the rules. What the Titans did was literally making decisions affecting life and death. No comparison between the two…thus the punishment shouldn’t be comparable.

  55. With so much at stake, and considering how they breached protocols, they should have to forfeit every game that they could not play because of the virus, starting with the Steeler game. They put the league in jeopardy, and the paychecks of players for not being able to play.

  56. No sense in a harsh punishment for the Titans, since the league gives slaps on the wrist to a certain multiple offending team… (Can you guess who?)

  57. The Titans should be required to give the Steelers their first round pick for costing them their bye. If the cost Buffalo a game and related game checks, they should then give them the second round pick.

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