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GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

Posted on: May 13, 2011 3:54 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 3:54 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Given the current labor climate, it's been pretty impressive to see NFL players in various cities rally around the leaders of their respective teams and start firing up some offseason workouts.

But it's easy to be optimistic when nothing's going wrong -- in a piece that ran Friday, Don Banks of Sports Illustrated talked to a GM who expressed concern about the future of these workouts once a major injury happens.

"Quite honestly, I'm waiting for the first ACL tear that happens and then we'll see if anyone talks about how great this whole workout program is for these young guys," the GM said. "I just think the potential downside outweighs the benefit. I know that's probably not conventional thinking, considering the Redskins won two championships off this kind of thing. [...]

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"Let someone lose their quarterback for eight months because he slipped and hurt something, be it a Drew Brees, a Tom Brady or a Peyton Manning, then we'll see how fast these camps continue."

The unnamed GM is correct -- if someone who is a) extremely notable or b) angling for a new contract suffers a major injury during these workouts, they'll probably come to a quick halt.

And while freak injuries are a part of exercising (for anyone), it's worth noting that these voluntary workouts aren't exactly conducive to serious injury problems -- Brees noted that players "take a risk by being here" but also pointed out that there's "absolutely no contact."

And from the perspective of the players involved, it also helps to keep them together at a time when they appear to need unity more than ever.

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Comments

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:18 am
 

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

Of course they have to be unnamed sources.  If the media didn't agree with those terms you and I would have nothing to read at all. People aren't going to risk their jobs and their livelihoods just so you and I can enjoy ourselves reading stories on CBS.  ***** No, they don't have to be unnamed sources. There was a long period where news what reported based on what actually happened and not what writers made up to create stories. Trusting the validity of rumor, because that is all a quote from an unnamed source is, is both foolish and dangerous. It's why fools side with players in this work stoppage, and why conspiracy theorists believe the government is behind every bad thing that happens. We are expediencing a time of rumor, not news. No GM would be fired for asking an obvious question. That's childish fantasy. Like all these unnamed sources.



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:00 am
 

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

"One knee.... you are an idiot."   Well said.  To wish anyone (NFL players included) harm is simply reprehensible. 

Getting out of bed in the morning (assuming of course that you're a "morning person") entails some risk.  Players at all levels already assume the risk of injury whether the workout is structured or not, whether there's contact or not.  Look at the number of players who wind up on IR during regular training camps, a fair number suffering "non-contact" injuries.

Off-season workouts are generally encouraged by most teams in the hopes that players will come to training camp, 1) in shape, and 2) with some general knowledge of the playbook.  Semi-structured workouts occur every off season and they're only being highlighted because of their greater frequency during the lockout.
I suspect that the "un-named GM" would likely be just as critical if all of his team members just kicked-back and came to training camp totally unprepared for the season.  Of course, there is a solution:  Let management (this GM included) reach a CBA with the players and get back to the business of football.




Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:47 pm
 

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

And if the players did not work out, this same person would be saying how it shows that the players do not care about the game, about their profession, and about being in shape.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 8:32 pm
 

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

I never liked unnamed sources so I suspect that the unamed GM is actually an assistant or another underling of the team.

Of course they have to be unnamed sources.  If the media didn't agree with those terms you and I would have nothing to read at all. People aren't going to risk their jobs and their livelihoods just so you and I can enjoy ourselves reading stories on CBS.  



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 8:09 pm
 

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

Actually, players are forbidden from taking part in organized practices/workouts. But it appears I'm the only one who actually understands or cares about the details of the work stoppage. 

Frankly, I am really suprised that this has not been brought up much earlier. When players take part in activities not related to football they get in trouble. Sure, taking part in football practice is related to football, but if a player does get hurt can he contact a coach or can he even go to the team facility to get treated? It's as if coaches will let players workout on their own, but if they get hurt then "it's all on you". This is too funny. Do not worry, the top QBs in the league will not get hurt. They won't be working that hard to begin with. I'm more worried about the defensive backs, wide receivers and the other players "in the trenches".

Let's do something more interesting...name the player you think will get hurt first during workouts and what his injury will be.

I never liked unnamed sources so I suspect that the unamed GM is actually an assistant or another underling of the team. 


 



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:22 pm
 

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

You can get hurt anytime.....



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:14 pm
 

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

would an injury with coaches around make it any different?




Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:05 pm
 

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

players can still get hurt in non-contact drills...slip on the grass when youre making a cut, or get your foot caught in a rut in the ground that you didnt see, there goes a knee or ankle...hopefully we wont see that happen, but the possibilty is there...



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:49 pm
 

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

hellasirrah:  "I GUESS IM AND IDIOT!"   
WELL SAID (and it's "AN IDIOT")



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:35 pm
 

GM: '1st ACL tear' to dampen voluntary workouts?

One knee.... you are an idiot. Please stop reppin' 9er nation! For all those reading and having something they want to add, understand that One Knee has been exiled from the 49er fan fraternity. There will be no retaliation if any harm should come to him!

Seriously, knee, you probably need to stick to watching cartoons on Saturdays and going to church on Sundays. Gotta take your temperament down a notch before you hurt someone. Nutcase.


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