Steelers are frustrated with the NFL's handling of the Titans and their Bye Week
The Titans continue to test positive with Covid-19 bringing their total close to twenty-five infected within their organization. They were also photographed practicing at a high school one day after their team facility was shut down by the NFL and told not to have any gatherings until their Covid-19 situation is under control. Many Steelers have talked with the media this week and were asked how they felt about the situation regarding the Titans and their bye week being scheduled in Week 4. One word comes to mind after hearing the Steelers players talk about both, frustration.
Vance McDonald this morning said there has to be a foundation across the league to establish fair play and everyone has to follow the rules. He continued by backing up Ben Roethlisberger's comments yesterday stating "If one team's blunder is another one's misfortune." McDonald said the Steelers don't want the finger pointed at them. He said let's not be those guys. The Steelers knew what they were supposed to be doing from day zero.
Cam Heyward said the bye week for the Steelers was a whirlwind. The Steelers came into week 4 preparing for the Eagles all the way until Thursday just to find out their game was postponed after they practiced. He does say they need to be flexible and adjust to Covid-19.
"It was just a whirlwind, You come in like a regular week, focused on your opponent; that's the selfish part of me understanding that I've got to be a little bit more flexible in adjusting to this. A lot of things happen on the fly. We're just trying to adapt to the situation. We just have to be willing to adjust. I know the NFL and the NFLPA are trying to do right by the players and the coaches but there's only so much they can do. It's going to take a discipline throughout each player and each team to help accommodate that."
Eric Ebron this morning took to twitter and said "4-0... Week 8 bye?? Just asking," toward Adam Schefter's new tweet saying the Titans have tested positive AGAIN this morning.
Finally, the Steelers Franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he doesn't think the NFL will consider the Titan's forfeiting the Steelers game, and of course, the Steelers got the short end of the stick.
"I don't think they'll consider forfeiting our game, And of course, we got the short end of the stick.
The Steelers players have a right to be frustrated with the league's handling of Covid-19 because it appears that the NFL didn't have a plan if an NFL team had an outbreak in their facility. The NFL and NFLPA have recently come to terms with new Covid-19 guidelines in order to get this situation under control. Unfortunately, this is after the Titans outbreak diaster. There should have been a plan in place from the beginning. It should not have to take twenty-five players on one team to test positive in order for there to be more added protocols. They should have been in place from the start. Shame on the NFL.