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What NFL teams have the worst working conditions according to the players?

The NFL Players Association has released the report cards where players evaluated the way their teams treat them. The Washington Commanders ranked last.

The NFL Players Association has released the report cards where players evaluated the way their teams treat them. The Washington Commanders ranked last.
Rob CarrAFP

The NFL Players Association has released the results of a survey conducted among its 1,300 players, where they graded the teams they work for with respect to the organization’s working conditions.

It’s the first time in history that the players’ union conducted such as study, which the association says aims to help players make decisions in their career and help raise standards in the NFL.

The survey delved into aspects such as team facilities, training staff, travel, treatment of families, and nutrition.

Washington ranked last

The report cards are in, and the outcome is most unflattering for the Washington Commanders, who got the lowest grade among the 32 teams. Team owner Dan Snyder was ranked 31st by players with regard to what they believe to be his ability to upgrade their facilities. Snyder has been under investigation for reports of the team having a toxic workplace.

The Commanders received four F’s for the categories team travel, state of the locker and training rooms, and treatment of families. They received two D grades and one C+. They did however receive an A+ for having one of the best strength coaches in the league.

Arizona Cardinals

At number 31 sits the Arizona Cardinals. They have the lowest-ranked weight room in the league, and are the only franchise to charge their players for food that they get from the team’s facilities. Although they got five F’s, this was offset by the high grades they got in other departments, with strength coaches receiving an A, training staff a B+, and team travel also earning a B+.

Los Angeles Chargers

The third-lowest-ranked team is the Los Angeles Chargers, who have been training in makeshift facilities pending their move to a new practice center in 2024. They have the worst-ranked training room, which got a rating of F-. They also received an F in nutrition.

Kansas City Chiefs

Reigning Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs were ranked the fourth-worst organization. Players indicated that they don’t feel that they receive adequate care for their injuries, and that they were not happy to be sharing rooms during trips. The franchise received one F grade and four D’s out of eight categories.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The fifth-lowest ranked team was the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have had to deal with rat infestations. The teams also do not have a family room, forcing some wives to nurse their babies on public restroom floors.

The NFLPA has made the detailed findings of the survey available on their website.


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