Bruce Arians considers keeping 3rd QB away from facility in case Tom Brady, backup are quarantined
There are a number of considerations for sports leagues that are becoming active again during the COVID 19 crisis. The obvious: where, when, how, test?
Perhaps not so obvious for NFL coaches: Should I quarantine a quarterback myself?
The head coach of Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bruce Arians, pondered this question as coaches across the league returned to team facilities. There is still uncertainty about how the season will be played and this player would likely be quarantined if there is a positive test.
Regarding Chris Long's podcast "Green Light," Arians said he could keep a quarterback out of the facility in case Tom Brady and his backup had to be quarantined.
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"Yes, that's one of the things I've been thinking about in the past two or three weeks when we set the protocols," said Arians. “I understand that if you test positive, you will be quarantined for two weeks. If you have no symptoms, I don't know what that means - is it wrong (positive)? Is it ... There is so much to learn and still explore with this thing. But I've been thinking about leaving the third quarterback on the list out of the room. We have two people in our system (Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin) who are really sharp. Therefore, I may need to quarantine a quarterback, only in the case of a quarantine. "
Sounds familiar? It is similar to the series of government successor protocols. During the President's speech on the state of the Union, an unannounced cabinet member was locked up in a dark area when a disaster, attack, or unforeseen event occurred at the address. It is also used for inaugurations and speeches by the President at joint congress meetings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is considering telling his quarterbacks apart if someone tests positive for COVID-19. (AP photo / Mark LoMoglio, file)
The stakes in the NFL are lower, but it still doesn't seem like a bad idea. Players in the same position spend most of the time together in meetings and exercises, and most likely pass the disease on to one another.
What happens if everyone stays together and then has to be quarantined for two weeks because of a positive test? The teams would be without a quarterback who knows the system for two games.
The NFL sent a memo to the teams about reopening protocols. They included instructions for newly configured changing rooms to maintain social distance and, where possible, encouraged virtual meetings. This could be the best way to keep quarterbacks away.
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