Commanders proprietor Josh Harris guarantees change after failing grade in NFLPA survey 

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By Stacy Connor


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Washington Commanders proprietor Josh Harris didn’t take too kindly to getting a failing grade from the NFL Participant Staff Report Playing cards final month. 

“I’m not an F- minus man, I didn’t know you possibly can get an F-minus,” Harris mentioned with a smile whereas talking to a small group of reporters on the NFL homeowners conferences this week. 

Josh Harris looks on before NFL game

Washington Commanders proprietor Josh Harris appears on from the sidelines previous to a recreation towards the San Francisco 49ers at FedExField on December 31, 2023, in Landover, Maryland. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Pictures)

Information collected from the second annual NFL Participant Staff Report Playing cards had been launched in late February and included suggestions from 1,706 gamers all through the league, equating to greater than a 77% response price, a big improve from final yr’s 60%. 

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However the Commanders acquired the worst total rankings in a number of classes and ranked thirty second amongst all groups. 

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“Clearly, we’ve jumped throughout that,” Harris continued. “To start with, that report was based mostly on interviews that occurred proper across the possession change. However having mentioned that, it is clearly one thing that we’re centered on, and actually, Adam and Dan needed to depart the NFL conferences briefly to go have a dialogue with architects. 

“We’re attempting to make quite a lot of adjustments there rapidly, and clearly it begins with – the NFL participant group is a small group, the NFL teaching group is a small group, we wish to be a spot that everybody says ‘That’s an awesome place to be,’ and due to this fact we have to improve that facility, and we’re upgrading that facility.” 

Josh Harris celebrates on the sideline

Washington Commanders proprietor Josh Harris celebrates on the sideline throughout the second half of the sport towards the Arizona Cardinals at FedExField on September 10, 2023, in Landover, Maryland.  (Scott Taetsch/Getty Pictures)

The sale of the Commanders to the Josh Harris-led funding group was authorised by NFL homeowners in July. The survey, based on the NFLPA, was performed from August till November. 

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Due to time constraints, Harris defined that it’s going to take time to implement sweeping adjustments, however a transfer in that course is already within the works. 

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“It’s gonna be concerning the participant expertise, the participant lounge, refinishing a bunch of issues, however we’ve much more deliberate by way of trying on the taking part in floor itself, trying on the locker room, the lavatory services – every part we are able to do proper now to make our gamers really feel nice about coming to work, really feel comfy, really feel nicely taken care of, we’re gonna do.” 

Josh Harris speaks at a press conference

Washington Commanders proprietor Josh Harris speaks at a press convention at Commanders Park in Ashburn, VA, on January 8, 2024. The convention was to announce that the Commanders are parting methods with head coach Ron Rivera following a disappointing 4-13 season. (Craig Hudson for The Washington Publish by way of Getty Pictures)

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The Commanders ranked thirty second in a lot of these areas Harris talked about, together with the locker room and coaching room. They completed second to final in remedy of households, coaching workers, crew journey and head coach. 

The crew introduced in February, simply earlier than the report playing cards had been launched, plans to spend $75 million on each stadium and facility upgrades and employed a guide late final season to judge participant wellness operations.

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