Face masks will all the time be synonymous with 2020 for all of us. For Andy Reid and Jon Gruden particularly, the recollections will not essentially be fond.
Reid made waves in Week 1 when his face protect saved fogging up. Gruden has been underneath fireplace a number of occasions for failure to stick to the NFL’s masks insurance policies. Now, these two notable head coaches get to face off on nationwide tv in Week 11 when the Chiefs (8-1) journey to play the Raiders (6-3). By now, every Reid and Gruden have their regular face protecting routine, nevertheless it looks like a superb cause to revisit the struggles that they had earlier this 12 months.
Andy Reid’s face protect fogs up
The Chiefs performed the Texans within the opening recreation of the 2020 NFL season on Thursday evening in Week 1. Throughout the sport, the digicam noticed Reid, who opted for a face protect as an alternative of a masks, barely in a position to see out of his clear protect due to the way in which his breath was fogging it up.
Reid apparently wasn’t one to surrender, although. He saved coming again with the face protect. But after the Week 1 fiasco, it wasn’t fogging up anymore.
ESPN reported that though Reid was utilizing the identical face protect, Chiefs gear supervisor Allen Wright used a product that NHL gamers use to keep away from fogging their masks. While it wasn’t made clear the particular product, issues so simple as shaving cream, shampoo and dish cleaning soap have been used to forestall fogging on goggles.
The NFL made clear partway by means of the season that it expects its coaches who put on face shields to additionally put on some form of masks/gaiter protecting their mouth and nostril, too. But Reid has continued to rock the face protect solely, as has Chargers coach Anthony Lynn.
Jon Gruden face-mask points and fines
Gruden was first fined $100,000 in Week 2 for failure to put on his masks correctly in opposition to the Saints. Broadcast cameras have captured Gruden at occasions all through the season together with his masks both falling down his face or simply round his chin altogether, incessantly when he appears to be yelling to make some extent.
“I’m doing my finest. You know, I’ve had the virus, okay. I’m doing my finest,” Gruden mentioned after that first high-quality. “I’m very delicate about it, however I’m calling performs. I simply need to talk in these conditions and I apologizes and if I get fined, I must pay the high-quality, however I’m very delicate about all of that and I apologize.”
The Raiders had been topic to extra fines after gamers appeared mask-less at a fundraiser occasion. The day previous to the announcement of these fines, Gruden had once more did not constantly comply with sideline protocols in a loss to the Bills.
The punishments elevated on Nov. 5, when the Raiders had been fined $500,000, Gruden was fined $150,000 and the crew was stripped of a 2021 sixth-round decide resulting from violations associated to offensive sort out Trent Brown’s optimistic take a look at in October. That punishment got here for being a “repeat offender.”