Turf being bad for players is the hot-button topic of the week in the NFL with Aaron Rodgers spearheading the critique of it calling for the NFL to switch to all grass.
But take a quick peek at the injuries for our beloved team and look how many starting players we’ve lost.
Using profootballreference.com you can easily toggle back a few seasons and look at the history and see a veritable sea of color for the past few seasons. Go back to before current strength and conditioning coach Loren Landow’s tenure and it does at first glance look pretty similar.
But if you look closely, you won’t see apples to apples. Most of the injured reserve players years ago were depth players (which a conspiracy theorist may have concluded meant we were making a move to protect them without taking up a roster spot in some cases). The past few years have been rampant with losing key starters with many ACL injuries.
I don’t begin to know anything about what the role of a strength and conditioning coach means, how hard it is, or how to judge it at any level other than subjectively looking at injury history like this. But I do know that it is to the team’s detriment that so many injuries are occurring and I would hope the new ownership does something to try to improve the situation.
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