At least one New England Patriots assistant coach won’t be on the field due to the new vaccine rule. We already know that Rick Dennison won’t be the only assistant coach who won’t work with players.
The NFL has brought some new rules regarding the coronavirus vaccine. Several coaches have made a decision and Patriots co-offensive line coach Cole Popovich made his.
Popovich won’t join the team this season because of his decision related to the coronavirus vaccine guidelines.
Jim McBride from The Boston Globe was the first to confirm the news. Popovich won’t hit the field this fall.
Popovich has been part of the organization since 2016. He will have to make some changes now. Popovich tried really hard and became assistant running backs coach in 2019. That’s not all. He did his best to become co-offensive line coach last season.
Things are taking a different turn for the Patriots now. Carmen Bricillo will probably be the full-time offensive line coach for the Patriots in 2021.
The Patriots assistant coach will have to follow the NFL rule on COVID-19 vaccine
Adam Schefter from ESPN reported that other assistant coaches may opt out of the 2021 season due to new guidelines.
Dr. Allen Sills had a conference call. He said that almost everyone has received the vaccine. This is really important. The NFL mandated that all “Tier 1 staff” receive the vaccine.
If coaches don’t get the vaccine ahead of the 2021 NFL season, they can’t join the team during meetings, practice, or have “direct interactions” with players.
If coaches can’t have face-to-face interactions with players, they will face a big challenge. Things are already really challenging for everyone and the new rule makes things difficult for everyone. Well, the NFL has made a decision and everyone has to respect it.
Several Patriots players opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to health concerns. The team missed these players on the field and they finished the season with a 7-9 record. It was a bad season for everyone and Bill Belichick won’t let this happen again.