Troy Vincent: There’s no safer, healthier environment than club facilities

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The strange labor-relations dance between the NFL and NFL Players Association continues regarding offseason workouts.

The union continues to point to the ongoing pandemic as a reason for players choosing to stay away. The league continues to point to the fact that the COVID-19 protocols make the team facilities incredibly safe.

“There’s not going to be a safer, healthier environment than the club facilities,” NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent told LaVar Arrington, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Plaxico Burress during a Saturday appearance on FOX Sports Radio. “Each of the coaches, each of those — we call them Tier 1 and Tier 2 — the personnel that is dealing with the player, the athlete, he or she has to be fully vaccinated or they cannot work inside the building.”

As Vincent emphasized on multiple occasions, the offseason program remains voluntary, with the exception of the mandatory minicamp.

“We felt like a year ago there was a great partnership and there still is around this area,” Vincent said. “But again, hey, offseason’s voluntary. Those who are gonna show up, when you show up you know there will be a secure environment for you to work out and hone in on your skills.”

He’s absolutely right. But the hit-or-miss effort to organize a boycott isn’t really about the pandemic. It’s about a variety of other issues and concerns, from veterans not wanting any offseason program ever to players wanting to work out with their own trainers to some players still being salty about the 2020 CBA that resulted in a 17-game regular season.

5 responses to “Troy Vincent: There’s no safer, healthier environment than club facilities

  1. NFLPA’s position on this issue is not defensible as a safety issue, which is their reason for opposing off-season workouts. The union boss, JC Tretter, wants to ban all off-season programs. What a poor position to take on a key aspect of player development. Development that leads to better performance, and better performance = more money for players who develop and perform better

    But the union is on the side of the slackers, who don’t want to develop, and would rather stay home and keep the young kids down.

  2. Vincent has turned into a politician. You can’t trust a word he says. The Seahawks had zero Covid cases all year, last year, so as long as every team is doing what the Seahawks did, they’re safe. But other teams had multiple positive tests, so you can’t just blindly make a statement without fixing the problem. Instead of having Troy Vincent make a false statement, the league should put whoever was running the Seahawks safety program in charge of the NFL’s safety program. Then Vincent’s statement might mean something. When people make false statements, they lose credibility, even when they’re being honest.

  3. birdperson says:
    April 25, 2021 at 4:11 pm
    Unless it’s the Texans facility and you’re a good looking female masseuse.
    Unless it’s the Chiefs facility and you’re thirsty.

  4. “Vincent has turned into a politician. You can’t trust a word he says.”

    Troy Vincent is right. It is almost certainly better- and always has been better- to be in a rigorously tested and systematically managed environment than out in the community where there is more variability. He is stating a simple fact.

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