After several NFL coaches were seen not following league protocols for face coverings during Sunday’s Week 1 games, the league’s executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent responded by sending a memo to clubs Monday morning cautioning coaching personnel to wear their masks at all times.
CNN has obtained quotes within the memo from a league source in which Vincent warns teams to stay “vigilant and disciplined” while mitigating Covid-19 challenges and that failure to adhere to the protocols in place would lead to sanctions.
Vincent wrote, “…we must remain vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not only the league, union and clubs, but also by state and local governments. The NFL-NFLPA Game Day Protocol, which reflects the advice of infectious disease experts, club medical staffs and local and state governmental regulations requires all individuals with bench area access (including coaches and members of the club medical staff) to wear face coverings at all times.
Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs.”
Vincent also complimented the efforts put forth in order for the league to kick off on time stating, “A tremendous first week nearly in the books as the NFL and its partners overcame considerable challenges to achieve what many thought was impossible—football in 2020. Congratulations to all who have worked so tirelessly since March to make this season possible.”