Of all the NFL organizations battered by the latest wave of positive COVID-19 tests, virtually none were hit harder than the Washington Football Team. In addition to a multitude of players entering the league’s protocols, the Football Team announced on Monday that seven coaches were placed in COVID-19 protocols before their Tuesday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving Ron Rivera’s coaching staff extremely short-handed.
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Washington announced the seven coaches who would be missing the game, and whether or not a replacement had been named for them. Among those sidelined include DL coach Sam Mills, who will be replaced by Jeff Zgonina. Additionally, wide receivers coach Drew Terrell, running backs coach Randy Jordan, and defensive backs coach Chris Harris. They will be replaced by Jim Hostler, Jennifer King, and Richard Rodgers, respectively. Finally, no replacement has been named for assistant defensive backs/nickel coach Brent Vieselmeyer, who is also out with COVID-19.
Washington’s game against the Eagles was already postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 21, however, it seems the delay didn’t enable the Football Team to get their outbreak under control. Instead, a significant portion of their coaching staff will be away from the team for the game after their recent positive tests.
Things just continue to go from bad to worse for the NFL in terms of the latest COVID-19 outbreak, and as more players and staffers continue to test positive, and more games get postponed as a result, the league will have some serious thinking to do regarding a pause in order to regain control of the situation.