Washington coach Ron Rivera brought a vaccination expert to the city to try to persuade players to shoot COVID-19. On Thursday, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians was asked if he would hire a vaccine specialist.
“I’m the specialist,” Arians told Jenna Lane of ESPN.com.
“If you want to get back to normal, get vaccinated,”
The question of whether and to what extent players will be vaccinated may create a division in the locker rooms. In Tampa, Alliance clarifies its position. If some in the locker room feel as strong as not being vaccinated as Arians feels vaccinated, things can get tense.
Then there is the reality that although it is not technically possible to determine rosters based on vaccination status, teams will be attracted in close cases to players who have received the shot. As Arians said, this is the way to normal. And when the choices are normal and normal, reaching a normal state may be in the best interest of the team.