This has been on my mind for awhile now, and every week, week by week, one or more players goes down with an injury.
Now, every team has injuries, and that's not disputable because they do.
But this many? I'm afraid to look at the number of players who are either injured or done for the season, but its gotta be around 20, if not more.
So, I did a little looking while Dallas was mopping up the stadium with Gruden's 'we gotta play better' guys, and unless I am way off base, but isn't a strength and conditioning coach's job getting players healthy, eating certain foods, staying away from others, proper use of the weight room and training facilities, charting and developing programs for players based on position and physique, and monitoring these players?
Well, obviously, the Washington Redskins S&T team couldn't keep a turtle healthy. Their experience alone should jump out and startle some people, and make them question why.
1. Chris O'Hara: outside of looking 15 years old and as intimidating as a butterfly, this is his first season with the Redskins, after spending 3 years as an offensive assistant [ phone holder ] for the Jaguars. BTW, he's gone and the Jags look much better built than the Redskins do.
2. Chad Englehart: Experience? Florida Tuskers. Need I say more? One of Gruden's lackeys.
3. Kavan Latham: started with the Redskins in 2013, went to the Jets and we all know how THEY did in that time, let alone their injuries.
4. Jake Sankai: hir resume' is with the Cleveland Indians; a BASEBALL TEAM!
5. Deuce Gruden: shaking my head, we all know why, no point in discussing any further.
6. Malcolm Blacken: he's been with the Redskins off and on since 1996. Nothing impressive, certainly can't pick S&T coaches worth a crap.
The reason why I'm bringing this up is because this injury thing has gone on too long, and it must be corrected. This current group of S&T coaches isn't exactly loaded with talent, actually quite the opposite. Players are getting hurt too often, and recurring issues with players reflects directly on these guys' jobs and responsibilities. Last year there were quite a few injuries as well, and somehow they overcame a lot of them. Next year will be more of the same. The injury bug has taken up residency in Redskins Park.
Nutrition is a big, vastly under-rated thing in sports, especially the NFL. Linemen have a totally different aspect; and looking at both lines, they look somewhat trimmed and healthy, which is obviously creating issues with different players' abilities. Yes, skill is one aspect of any designated player, but their health dictates how this team plays. It was a few years ago, where there were an abnormal amount of injuries that hurt this team, nothing like this year, but still note-worthy.
Its a continuing trend, and it has to come to a stop. The qualifications of these guys COMBINED may equal 1 person on another team's staff, and they just aren't doing a good job. There are numerous changes that either should or need to be made, and this should be one of them. This team cannot afford to continue to lose players left and right, year after year. Is it a fluke, perhaps? I dunno, the Jaguars team overall is looking a lot better, and the Indians did get to the playoffs, so it can't be a coincidence...