Locker-room sewage and chilly showers: NFL gamers checklist crew gripes | NFL

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By Calvin S. Nelson

A survey by the NFL Gamers Affiliation has proven on-field success and office satisfaction don’t essentially go hand in hand.

The second annual survey, which 1,706 NFL gamers responded to, graded the league’s 32 groups in classes akin to services, coaching workers, head coaches, meals, possession and therapy of gamers’ households. The Miami Dolphins have been ranked first general, with the Minnesota Vikings in second place.

“Minnesota, together with Miami, have separated themselves into their very own tier by way of what it means to run a world-class NFL office,” the NFLPA report mentioned.

Nevertheless considerably surprisingly the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, who gained a second-straight Tremendous Bowl earlier this month, got here thirty first within the rankings. Whereas their fashionable head coach Andy Reid obtained an A+ from gamers, the membership’s proprietor, Clark Hunt, was given an F, partly attributable to his perceived unwillingness to spend money on participant services. That scenario could also be remedied in coming seasons after the Chiefs introduced on Wednesday they will overhaul Arrowhead Stadium earlier than it hosts World Cup matches in 2026.

“Although the gamers obtained precise chairs with backs to take a seat in at their lockers in response to final yr’s suggestions, it didn’t change the truth that the locker room is overdue for a renovation,” mentioned the report. “… The one shiny spot for the crew is head coach Andy Reid, who was the very best rated head coach within the NFL. Aside from that, the gamers are annoyed by their office choices, particularly after the crew’s sustained success lately.”

The Washington Commanders have been ranked the worst crew for the second yr in a row, regardless of a brand new possession group taking up from the reviled Dan Snyder. The brand new homeowners, headed up by Josh Harris, got a B by gamers for his or her management however the crew got here close to the underside of the rankings in practically each different class other than energy coaches.

“The survey knowledge reveals an extended checklist of things with the office that proceed to be issues, and gamers expressed that they’ve grown uninterested in the deficiencies. To begin, the locker room is small and in determined want of renovation, with gamers reporting a number of sewage leaks,” mentioned the report.

Josh McDaniels, who was fired by the Las Vegas Raiders midseason, was ranked because the league’s worst coach.

“The responding [Raiders] gamers’ robust adverse evaluation of the previous head coach considerably introduced down the membership’s general rating,” mentioned the report. “The hope is that newly employed head coach Antonio Pierce will create a greater working surroundings to match the top-of-the line services in Las Vegas.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars, whose services have been described as rat-infested by gamers final yr, rose to fifth within the rankings after bettering their services.

“New services, no extra rats,” the NFLPA president, JC Tretter, mentioned on Wednesday.

Different notable particulars to emerge from the survey embody the truth that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cost gamers with fewer than 4 years of expertise $1,750 to have their very own lodge room for street video games, whereas the Cincinnati Bengals solely present three meals a day for gamers on Wednesdays. The Bengals’ locker room additionally obtained criticism. “Roughly 50% of the showers don’t work; they both don’t present heat water or there isn’t sufficient water strain,” mentioned the report. “They face constant plumbing points that restrict the quantity of functioning bogs the gamers can use.”

The Cardinals have been criticized for charging gamers for meals. “If gamers would really like dinner, it is going to be boxed up for them, however gamers reported that the crew will cost you by way of payroll deduction,” the report mentioned. “That is apparently the one Membership that does this.”

The NFL mentioned it valued the perception the report gave.

“The league and its golf equipment all the time encourage and solicit participant suggestions to assist enhance all sides of their NFL expertise,” mentioned the NFL in a press release on Wednesday. “We stay up for getting the chance to evaluate the union’s questionnaire, and the information supporting it, after its launch to the media.”

High 5 NFL workplaces based on gamers

1) Miami Dolphins

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2) Minnesota Vikings

3) Inexperienced Bay Packers

4) Philadelphia Eagles

5) Jacksonville Jaguars

Backside 5 NFL workplaces based on gamers

28) Pittsburgh Steelers

29) New England Patriots

30) Los Angeles Chargers

31) Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

32) Washington Commanders

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