“THERE’S A THEME GOING AROUND THE NFL, THAT ALL TEAMS MUST TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION.”
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For the past three weeks in the NFL, we’ve seen three of the most notable stars go down with season ending injuries. Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and on Sunday future Hall of Famer, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers went down with a broken collarbone.
One thing is evident: football is an exciting yet immensely physical sport, and injuries are inevitable. But when we take a closer look, what do the injuries really tell us? Here’s my answer.
The injuries tell me that teams in the NFL should not rely on just one player to carry your entire team.
As I watched the Packers yesterday against the Vikings after Rogers went down, you saw a team that was dejected and at times a bit lost without their MVP.
This was a team, a few weeks ago, that looked like a powerhouse in the NFC and eventually a Super Bowl contender. So why is it that one player makes such an impact by not being on the field?
The truth is that most teams don’t equip themselves fully to contend. In a day where the game is faster and more violent, you need to be prepared for injuries. By being prepared, I mean having players that can step in and play at a high level.
If you’re a backup in the NFL, you are still considered the best in the world.
Too many backups fail to meet this standard. And it comes down to the owners rather having someone whose just “OK” and doesn’t command a massive amount of money, as opposed to someone who can really compete and bring a lot to the table when their number is called.
The 49ers of the 1980’s and early 1990’s implemented this the best. Bill Walsh always made sure that his backups were just as good as his starters, especially at the quarterback position.
There was a time when Joe Montana went down for an extended period of time and Steve Young stepped in and performed greatly. The same was the case a few years later, when Young and Montana were injured, and Steve Bono stepped in and led the NFL in passing for multiple weeks.
To me this proves that the talent is out there, but management needs to figure out how to supplement their teams with more talent.
It becomes one of the hardest things to witness when a team is winning and they lose one player then it changes the course of their season.
It happened to the Raiders last year, and it’s likely to happen to the Packers this year, barring excellent quarterback play from UCLA alum Brett Huntley.
All in all, the NFL will always have superstars, but maybe it’s time for teams to start preparing for injuries before they happen.
Because let’s face it, they will happen and they happen to everyone.
The difference is, as a team, how equipped are you to handle them.