A member of the international media almost got away with stealing Tom Brady’s game jerseys after Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI. It won’t happen again — hopefully.
The NFL is implementing new postgame security measures to ensure that no memorabilia is stolen from players after the Super Bowl, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
All media entering the locker rooms after the Patriots and Eagles face off in Super Bowl LII on Sunday will have their credentials scanned with a radio-frequency identification reader. Media members will have to “tap out” with their credential and the RFID reader when they leave to allow security to keep track of who is in the locker room area at all times.
Obviously, the league wants to keep this from happening again. But there’s no guarantee that it can.
“It has been an extensive review and extensive changes that we made, but as you know, even with credentialed people in a really tight security operation, there can be incidents. We’re hoping that that does not happen this year,” Lanier said.
But something had to be done, and these changes should help.
After retiring in 1998, he entered the coaching ranks 10 years later, taking a job with the Colts in 2008 as an offensive assistant. The next year, he was promoted to quarterbacks coach and worked closely with Peyton Manning between 2009-10, while spending 2011 as wide receivers coach.
After the Colts finished 2-14 in 2011, Reich was released along with the rest of Jim Caldwell’s coaching staff. He spent one year as the Arizona Cardinals’ receivers coach before heading to the San Diego Chargers in 2013 as quarterbacks coach. The next year, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and spent two more seasons coaching Philip Rivers. With Reich running the offense, the Chargers ranked 18th in yards in 2014 and ninth in 2015.
After getting fired from the Chargers, Reich joined Doug Pederson’s staff as offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. He had his biggest success here, working with Pederson and QBs coach John DeFilippo to develop Carson Wentz, the new franchise quarterback. When Wentz went down with a torn ACL late last season, Reich and his staff did an admirable job adjusting the offense around Nick Foles. The Eagles went on to upset the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52.