NFL hands out over $1 million in fines for coaches not wearing masks during Week 2

By Vincent Frank
Sep 20, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates following the final play of a 35-30 victory against the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that the NFL is pretty darn serious about making sure that the 2020 season is played in full amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league had in the past set forth multiple precautions and protocols to help protect players and other team members from the virus.

At least three teams decided against following these rules during Sunday’s Week 2 NFL action

NFL hands out over $1 million in fines for coaches not wearing masks

  • Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was seen not wearing a mask during his team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
  • San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was fined for not wearing a mask during his team’s blowout wni over the Jets.
  • Meanwhile, Pete Carroll was not masking it up during Sunday night’s thrilling win over the New England Patriots.

It’s not yet known how this is going to impact each team moving forward. What we do know is that owners are not going to be happy having to pay out $250,000 in fines for their coaches opting against following NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.

NFL season and the COVID-19 pandemic

Things have gone pretty well for the NFL since it decided to start the season on time Sept. 10. We have yet to see an outbreak like what has occurred around the MLB world during its truncated 60-game season.

It was always iffy to attempt to play the season outside of a bubble. That’s magnified by the success the NBA and NHL have had resuming their seasons inside of bubbles.

The league is relying on team front offices, coaching staffs and players to make sure the 2020 season can continue as planned. Something as simple as wearing a mask on the sideline should not be an issue for these coaches. That should go without saying.

We’re intrigued to see how this changes as Week 3 gets going around the NFL Thursday night.