Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn has called for the league to introduce a new security protocol, citing an alarming number of security incidents in recent months.
In a video posted Sunday, Quinn called for a mandatory uniform security protocol that would be implemented by 2020.
“We need a new uniform security protocols that will help us stay safe, and make it more difficult for criminals to break into our locker rooms and our sports facilities,” Quinn said in the video.
“It has to be done in a way that doesn’t create a distraction to our players, or our staff, or the people that are there with us, but rather make it very, very difficult for anyone to do something like this.”
In addition to a uniform protocol, the league also needs to implement an internal security system that could include an automated system that can be monitored by coaches and players, Quinn said.
“It is my opinion, and I have been working with [Atlanta Falcons general manager] Thomas Dimitroff, that the league needs to do the right thing here, because our players and coaches are very vulnerable,” Quinn told the New York Times.
“If you have a security breach, then you can’t have a safe locker room for everyone.
So I am calling for this, because it’s something that really has to happen.”
According to the league’s own data, the number of incidents has nearly tripled since last season, with a total of 1,936 incidents reported in 2016.