Re: Am I the only one who thinks we still need OFFENSE?
posted at 5/24/2014 10:35 AM EDT
Injuries have statistically been getting worse in the NFL. Saying that some list you draw up will have close to half the players miss time is not a comment about BB picking talent nor about the Pats staff. The fact is that over 30% of players miss a game or more.
From 2010 article:
NEW YORK -- The NFL players union says the average number of injuries has risen during the 2010 season.
In a report released Friday called "Dangers of the Game of Football," the NFLPA says injuries increased from 3.2 to 3.7 per week per team and the share of players injured increased to 63 percent compared to a 2002-09 average of 59 percent.
The report also shows that 13 percent of all injuries required players to be placed on injured reserve this season, compared to an average of 10 percent for 2002-09. The union says that indicates the injuries which are occurring are more serious than in past years.
The analysis is based on data from NFL Weeks 1 through 16 from Football Outsiders, which compiles information from the publicly available weekly injury reports.
The NFL also compiles such data. Its numbers also show more players on IR than in recent years: 464 for the entire season, up from 388 the previous year, 416 in 2008 and 413 in 2007.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello notes, however, that the injured reserve numbers don't always indicate the severity of injuries.
"Every year almost 2,600 players go through the system (32 teams x 80 players going into training camp) and a few hundred are put on injured reserve for different reasons," Aiello said. "That number could include everything from rookies put on IR for the season with injuries of differing severity to players with relatively minor injuries who then reach injury settlements with their teams and are released."
Union medical director Dr. Thom Mayer emphasized the dangers of the sport.
"We know that injuries are part of the game, but the more data and information we can gather on player health and safety, the more likely we are to make the game safer," Mayer said. "Player contracts are not guaranteed, even as injury rates rise, which means careers face sudden ends each time the ball is snapped."
The report shows that 37.7 percent of all injuries caused players to miss games, which was down .7 percent from the 2002-09 average. And 30 percent of players missed at least some game time, up 1 percent.
Another article in 2012: average number of players that did not play after appearing on the injury report. Note Pats are 9th worst (so in higher end of injury chart but not at the top 5 and not alone in spectrum). THe range was roughly 4 to 12 players a week. Pats had roughly 8 per week - so while higher in list it was near the mid point between the two ends of the spectrum Furthermore, with a deeper roster than most teams BB does seem to be willing to let a player get more healthy rather than force him back too soon.
So once again actual stats do not support the Pats or BB as being especially onerous in having injured players. It is a fact of the NFL.