Bill Belichick's mask struggle continued into the Patriots' 13th game of the season. On Thursday night, Belichick was seen on the sidelines attempting to double up with a neck gaiter and a KN95-style mask. It was a strong display of effort.
Earlier in the fall, the league was coming down hard on coaches who were not wearing masks or face coverings. Vic Fangio, Jon Gruden, Sean Payton, Kyle Shanahan and Pete Carroll were each hit with $100,000 penalties in September. Belichick did not want to be fined.
As the Patriots' struggles began, he ditched the KN-95 style mask in favor of just the neck gaiter but appeared to struggle with it. The hole probably doesn't comply with the league's mask mandate on the sidelines.
With less than eight minutes left in the game, the gaiter was just totally around his neck. The Patriots ended up losing the game 24–3, which snapped their 17 consecutive 10-win season streak.
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