Andy Reid, Jon Gruden are the faces of the NFL’s crazy face masks in 2020


Facial masks will always be synonymous with 2020 for all of us. For Andy Reid and Jon Gruden in particular, the memories won’t necessarily be good.

Reid made waves in Week 1 when his face shield was foggy. Gruden has been under fire several times for failing to adhere to NFL mask policies. Now, these two top officials appear on national television in Week 11 when the Chiefs (8-1) travel to play the Raiders (6-3). Now, each Reid and Gruden have their normal face covering routine, but it seems like a good reason to revisit the struggles they had before this year.

NO LONGER: As Andy Reid adjusted his visual shield so that it would no longer fog

Andy Reid’s face shield cracks

The Chiefs played the Texans in the opening game of the 2020 NFL season on Thursday night in Week 1. Throughout the game, the camera saw Reid, who chose a face shield instead of a mask, barely able. to see out of their transparent shield. because of the way his breath misted him.

Reid apparently wasn’t one to give up. He continued to return with the visual shield. But after the failure of Week 1, it was no longer cloudy.

ESPN reported that even though Reid used the same facial shield, team captain Allen Wright used a product that NHL players use to avoid wearing their masks. While it wasn’t clear what the specific product was, simple things like shaving cream, shampoo and dish soap were common. prevents fog on the glasses.

U NFL made it clear part of the season expecting their coaches to wear facial shields also wearing a sort of mask / leggings that covers their mouth and nose. But Reid continued to shake only the face shield, as did Chargers coach Anthony Lynn.

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Jon Gruden face-mask issues and amends

Gruden was first fined $ 100,000 in Week 2 for failing to wear his mask properly against the Saints. Transmission cameras have captured Gruden at times throughout the season with his mask either dropped in his face or just around his chin, often when he appears screaming to make a point.

“I did my best. You know, I got the virus, okay. I did my best,” Gruden said he said after that first end. “I’m very sensitive on purpose, but I call games. I just want to communicate in these situations and I apologize and if I’m fined, I have to pay the fine, but I’m very sensitive to all that and I apologize.”

The Raiders were subjected to more fines after the players appeared without a mask at a fundraising event. The day before the announcement of these fines, Gruden had also failed to follow lateral protocols in a loss to the Bills.

The punishments increased on 5 November, When the Raiders were fined $ 500,000, Gruden was fined $ 150,000 and the team was stripped of a 2021 sixth-round pick due to violations related to Trent Brown’s positive test of the offense faced in October. This punishment came to be a “repeater”.

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