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John Harbaugh weighs in on the NFL’s mask-wearing policy

John Harbaugh, Ravens

It is no secret that coaches struggled to keep up with the league’s mask-wearing policy to begin the 2020 NFL season. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was the latest culprit after he was seen deliberately taking off his covering to yell at a referee for his tripping call on tight end Nick Boyle.

Many have speculated that Harbaugh could be facing a $100,000 fine for his actions. He spoke out on his violation of the NFL’s protocol, per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley:

“I don’t think there is anybody better than us, me or our staff, from the beginning of the game to the end of the game.”

Harbaugh added that bit would be far-fetched for the NFL to expect the masks to stay on for the entirety of the game.

“To think in a three-hour heated competitive environment — especially when you’re yelling, that your mask isn’t going to fall down for 5 to 10 seconds — I don’t think anybody could be held to that standard.”

Although it may be a difficult task, it is precisely the conditions that were decided upon by the NFL and NFLPA in order to make the 2020 campaign come to fruition amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, the league has had to crack down on coaches and teams that fail to abide by the protocols in place.

Five coaches were fined $100,000 in Week 2 while their respective teams were forced to add an extra $250,000. The approach appears to have worked since there had not been any violations until Harbaugh blew up during the first quarter of the Ravens’ 34-20 Monday night loss to the Chiefs.