Hard to mask this Jets, NFL issue
NY Jets Confidential|October 2020
NFL executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent sent a memo to all 32 clubs on Monday, Sept. 14, that shouldn’t come as a surprise, based on what we saw this summer at Jets camp.

Vincent reminded people on the sidelines to make sure they properly cover their faces at all times in accordance with league protocol.

“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,” Vincent wrote in the memo. “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. The face covering must be worn as designed so that it securely fits across the wearer’s nose and mouth to prevent the transmission of the virus.”

We have no idea if masks work or not, or even if they are needed outside, but we can tell you a number of Jets coaches were taking them on and off all summer at practice. The point of this article isn’t to be a “Corona Karen.”

According to the Urban Dictionary, a Corona Karen is, “That woman who scans the streets and parks from her condo balcony or car with her trusty binoculars hungry to report social-distancing violators to tip lines or police.”

But the issue that Vincent touched on from the NFL’s Week One was going on all summer at Jets camp, and probably at every training camp.

A few coaches were taking their masks on and off consistently during training camp practices. Many probably believed they needed to do this to be clearer with the coaching pointers they were trying to relay to their players. If a coach is trying to teach players, and they can’t understand half of what he is saying due to a mask, how can he be effective?

Perhaps the biggest mask offender was the Jets’ oldest assistant coach. We saw him sans mask more than any other coach on the field.

Wherever you stand on the mask issue, one thing all the experts seem to agree on is that it’s not a good thing to be constantly touching a mask with germ-laden hands, taking it on and off or constantly adjusting it. That is one of the reasons that early on during the pandemic some experts were against masks.

“We know a major way that you can get respiratory diseases like coronavirus is by touching a surface and then touching your face, so wearing a mask improperly can actually increase your risk of getting disease,” said Dr. Jerome Adams.

This constant touching and removing of the mask by coaches at a practice makes us wonder about the practicality of making the coaches wear them. So maybe the team’s oldest assistant was the smartest one of the bunch, keeping the mask off most of the time, as opposed to touching his face constantly to take it on and off.

But if they listen to Vincent, and the league medical staff, and keep it on at all times, they might be effective.

However, it’s pretty clear many of these coaches believe they can’t communicate with their players, on the practice field and in games, with masks covering their mouths.

That is the bottom line here.

The NFL might be able to police this on game day, but good luck doing it during the week at practice.

Nobody cornering market at this position

The NFL has a problem. It’s a pass-happy league, and there is a shortage of elite cornerbacks. Teams are so hungry for cornerback help, they are reaching in the draft quite a bit at that position. In the last draft, the Atlanta Falcons grabbed A,J.

Terrell 16th overall, and the Las Vegas Raiders reached for Damon Arnette, selecting him 19th overall. One could argue neither should have been picked in the first round.

And teams also often overpay in free agency to fill a cornerback need, such as the former Jets regime that gave CB Trumaine Johnson one of the worst contracts in NFL history.

The list goes on and on of reaches in the draft and wasteful spending at that position.

The Houston Texans are starting two players, Gareon Conley and Vernon Hargreaves, who were first-round busts, in Oakland and Tampa Bay, respectively.

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