Arians: 'If you want to get back to normal, get vaccinated'
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians: 'If you want to get back to normal, get vaccinated' for COVID-19

On Wednesday, Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule explained he would not be "pressuring" players to receive COVID-19 vaccine shots even though certain health and safety protocols can be lifted if 85% of a team's players are eventually vaccinated. 

The head coach of the defending Super Bowl champions was not as understanding when speaking about the topic on Thursday. 

When asked if he would follow in the footsteps of Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera and utilize the services of a medical specialist to convince his players to get vaccinated, Tampa Bay's Bruce Arians made his stance clear: "I'm the specialist." 

Arians also said the Buccaneers are holding a coronavirus vaccine drive for players and their family members, and he expects to see "a long line" of individuals getting their shots.

"Everybody's tired of meeting out here and eating outside, and doing all those things we had to do last year," he said. "It's still a personal choice, but I don't see a reason not to be vaccinated." 

While the NFL and NFL Players Association have publicly stated players cannot be cut simply for not getting vaccinated, the NFL informed teams last week that assistant coaches and other staff members deemed Tier 1 individuals could be banned from having face-to-face contact with players and also shut out of meeting rooms and kept off of practice fields if they aren't vaccinated by the end of this Friday. 

Multiple Jacksonville Jaguars assistants received their shots after learning of that memo. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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