New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick found himself on the COVID-19 front lines this week.
Heading into a game between the Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, Belichick’s quarterback, Cam Newton, came down with the virus. That forced the outing to be pushed to Monday night and nearly derailed it altogether.
So when game time finally rolled around on Monday, Belichick wasn’t taking any chances.
Belichick with the double mask coverage for tonight’s game! 😷 pic.twitter.com/XJTMGEEB1N
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 5, 2020
Needless to say, Twitter had some reactions.
Bill Belichick with a COVID-19 statement, going with not one but two masks. 😷
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 5, 2020
Belichick going double barrel masks pic.twitter.com/55yLrsdVAh
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 5, 2020
We learned in high school health class this actualy is alot less safe due to the friction https://t.co/mxHu6UGoqE
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) October 5, 2020
Belichick double mask is a strong flex on Andy’s shield. 😷😷
— Brian Batson (@Brian_Batson) October 5, 2020
— Kassie Dunnihoo (@KassieDunnihoo) October 5, 2020
— Andrew Beebe (@Andy_Beebe) October 5, 2020
NFL: fines coaches for not wearing a mask
Belichick: I’ll prolly get paid if I wear 2 masks
This is why he’s a genius pic.twitter.com/IwuzWe42Z5
— Jackson Heuer (@jackaayyy4) October 5, 2020
— Monkey Knife Fight 🐵🔪👊💰 (@mkf) October 5, 2020
Bill Belichick with the two mask look for Extra Safety™️
— maddox.psd | 🐻💛⚫️ (@maddoxreksten) October 5, 2020
— The Sports Throne (@SportsThroneHub) October 5, 2020
— Ryan Naismith (@Nay_A_Smith) October 5, 2020
Billy Belichick went from barely wearing a mask to wearing 3 😂
Someone on that sideline probly has covid #NEvsKC
— Jake Ndombele (@JakeBroOfZeus17) October 5, 2020
Wear your mask. Hell, wear two if you’re Bill Belichick. pic.twitter.com/bMLjR4INpq
— Farzin Vousoughian (@Farzin21) October 5, 2020
Belichick with that double mask😷😷
— PatriotsGirl4Life (@ThankYouTB12) October 5, 2020
belichick going double mask. checkmate, coronavirus pic.twitter.com/UZ0lkEqpwg
— Adam London (@_adamlondon) October 5, 2020
Regardless of what happens against the Chiefs, Belichick and the Patriots got some good news to start the week.
If Newton is asymptomatic, which currently seems to be the case, he can return five days after his initial positive test. All he would have to do is return two negative PCR tests in a row that are least one day apart.
That means Newton can be back as soon as this week.
This is either gonna be a huge success or total disaster. https://t.co/zWjau1vIt6
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 5, 2020