Teams around the National Football League are now receiving report cards. You read that correctly.
The NFL Players Association has put together its first-ever team report cards from players who evaluate all clubs’ treatment of players. There were eight main categories that were surveyed by over 1,300 players. They included Treatment of families, Good service/nutrition, Weight room, Strength coaches, Training room, Training staff, Locker room, and Team travel.
It shouldn’t be too shocking to note that the Washington Commanders ranked last in the NFL in this first-ever report card.
“Besides the strength coaches who received great feedback and grades as one of the best groups in the league,” the NFLPA states, “the rest of the club’s operations and facilities were rated by player respondents at the bottom of every single category.”
The Commanders received an “F” for treatment of families and “F-minuses” in the training room, locker room, and team travel.
At the bottom were the Chargers at 30 which were followed by the Cardinals.
The Minnesota Vikings were the top-ranked team, followed by the Miami Dolphins and Las Vegas Raiders.
The NFLPA isn’t demanding action take place, but union president JC Tretter says the actionable items will be rather clear.
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“I’m not expecting teams to knock down their facilities and rebuild them in the next three months,” Tretter said. “But some of the clear choices where you just have to decide are we going to treat players better? These can be fixed very, very quickly and we’ll be able to figure out whether it is being cheap or it is ignorance, that’ll be solved in Year 2 for sure.
“It’s going to be very clear what the next steps should be. if you’re unwilling to take those steps then that tells us a lot going into the following year.”