Brandon Beane: It’s a competitive disadvantage to not be 100-percent vaccinated

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Bills G.M. Brandon Beane found himself in hot water for stating the obvious during the offseason. He’s stating the obvious again, albeit a bit more discreetly.

Asked by John Kryk of PostMedia.com whether it’s a competitive disadvantage to not have a fully-vaccinated roster, Beane was candid and accurate.

“If you’re facing a team that has 100 percent vaccination and you don’t, that is a competitive disadvantage, you’re right,” Beane said. “But this is a unique circumstance. [COVID-19 is] what everyone is dealing with. And you control what you can control. You educate your staff, your players — whether it’s doctors talking to them, or other people. And you try to just give them the facts. We have to also understand that this is not a thing that’s mandatory, and people have their rights.”

So what can a team do about it, given that (technically) it can’t cut unvaccinated players. (Also, some unvaccinated players are too good to cut.)

“We’re going to educate you on the vaccines, and then we’re going to educate you on the rules if you choose not to get vaccinated,” Beane said. “And you have to follow the rules. That’s really the best I can put it. Do I think about that, do I worry about that? Yeah, I do. But I can’t control all of that, and sometimes that’s hard, but that’s the box that we’re in unless you make it mandatory.”

It should have been mandatory. Instead, the league and union created so many incentives in order to get players to choose to be vaccinated that it gave rise to a competitive disadvantage if a team has players who are subject to a positive test on any/every given day or a five-day mandatory absence for close contact with an infected person.

We’ve already seen a key player gone for a game, with Pro Bowler Zack Martin missing the Cowboys-Bucs opener. On every game day (and every day in between), the constant threat looms of an unvaccinated player suddenly being gone, for five or 10 days, maybe longer.

Get used to that feeling. For as long as unvaccinated players are on rosters this year, that possibility exists.

26 responses to “Brandon Beane: It’s a competitive disadvantage to not be 100-percent vaccinated

  1. Beane: It’s a competitive disadvantage not to be 100% vaccinated. Yes, and the sun rises in the East and Sinatra could carry a tune.

  2. The Pats just barely beat the Cowboys without Zack Martin. If he’d been there and the Boys had been able to run the ball, they might have won. They didn’t and they didn’t.

  3. The Pats just barely beat the Cowboys without Zack Martin. If he’d been there and the Boys had been able to run the ball, they might have won. They didn’t and they didn’t.
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    It was the Buccaneers that played the Cowboys, and the 3 fumbles by the Buccaneers made the difference in the game. Those 3 fumbles cost the Buccaneers points.

  4. “It was the Buccaneers that played the Cowboys, and the 3 fumbles by the Buccaneers made the difference in the game. Those 3 fumbles cost the Buccaneers points.”
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    Turnovers are a big part of any game.

  5. “ Did Josh Allen got it?”

    If you think that the Bills agreed to pay him 1/4 of a billion dollars without him getting the shot, you’re delusional.

  6. People’s rights have absolutely nothing to do with getting vaccinated. Your rights end where my nose begins. Get vaccinated. The US government has mandated vaccines for 200+ years.

  7. Only a moron isn’t vaccinated. hate to pay money for morons. Good luck getting a broadcast job or in the HOF by being a moron. But then brain dementia and death will probably kill you at 38 if you’ve been infected if not sooner.

  8. I respect the people that stick with their principles and decide if vaccinations aren’t for them, they don’t get it. More power to them. This isn’t Russia, this is America

  9. Yeah, and committing manslaughter in the process by knowingly spreading the virus is as bad as vehicular homicide.

    Enough already.

    Vaxx proof or no admittance to work or public venues. Get these people out of our society already. They’re selfish narcissists.

  10. So I’m not vaccinated and could care less of what folks think. If your vaccinated then you shouldn’t care because you are ‘“immune”. Seems simple to me

  11. Kudos to Beane for taking this stance despite some of the looney tunes on the team.

    How long until Beasley or Poyer infect the rest of their position groups and have guys miss weeks for games this year on what could be a Super Bowl team?

  12. It’s an overwhelming disadvantage as a human being, too. Just about everyone who’s dying from Covid wasn’t vaccinated. The only advantage in not being vaccinated is if you’re in a hurry to get to heaven. There’s a bright side to it.

  13. The Pats just barely beat the Cowboys without Zack Martin. If he’d been there and the Boys had been able to run the ball, they might have won. They didn’t and they didn’t.
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    Zach Martin was vaccinated, somehow that is escaping people that the first person to miss a game because of covid was vaccinated

  14. The authoritarian nature of some of these comments is crazy.

    All for a bug that has a 99.7% survivability rate.

    Coming for peoples jobs as some have advocated here, leads to radicalism. And that isn’t good for anyone involved if we want to be a United Country at any given point again.

  15. Is it a competitive advantage? To an extent, yes it is. But I think it’s been a bit blown out of proportion. Vaccinated will still miss games, injuries will still occur. Actually seems like the vaccine has introduced more headaches to the protocols as compared to last years full season. All everyone in power is trying to do is make it more difficult to live without getting the shot. I can take off my mask at the end of the day. I can’t pull 3 different shots out of my bloodstream at the end of the day.

  16. promised myself I would stop reading covid comments. if you don’t get the shot you are beyond ignorant.

  17. The only thing the vaccine has shown is to lessen the effects on those vaccinated. Vaccinated people still spread Covid at the same rate or higher BC they don’t know to stay broke bc they don’t know they are sick.

  18. minime says:
    September 11, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    No it’s not.
    Players body.
    Players choice.

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    NFL’s game
    NFL’s rule

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