Re: Why The Continued Obsession About Offense?
posted at 3/28/2013 12:26 PM EDT
In response to ATJ's comment:
I’m going to repeat one of my posts from another thread because I truly believe that the Amendola durability issue is largely overblown.
I take both of Amendola's serious injuries with a very large grain of salt. For one thing I can't find any indication that Amendola was injured during his years at Texas Tech. If anyone else can, I'd truly appreciate it if you can point me to the source.
Secondly, both his collarbone injury and his elbow injury, which seem to be what folks are alluding to in calling him an injury risk, were suffered on what an NFLPA survey identified as one of the worst artificial surfaces in the league. The elbow was dislocated in a home game against Philly in 2011 and the collarbone injured in a home game against Arizona in 2012. Google 2010 NFL PLAYERS PLAYING SURFACES OPINION SURVEY. It comes up as PDF of the survey results. Interesting stuff.
Finally, and I know this will probably draw more fire than anything else in this post, I can't believe that BB would pursue and sign as his first move in free agency, a football player that he thought would not be able to stay on the field. If he considered Amendola a significant injury risk then he probably either wouldn't have signed him or he would have inked him to something akin to the Talib deal. Are there playing conditions in Amendola's contract? Yep and I consider that simple due diligence.
Am I ignoring the injuries? Certainly not; I think they’re worthy of note and I’m taking a wait and see attitude toward Amendola and his durability.
One final note on Welker: If one wanted to play devil’s advocate, one could assert that Welker’s injury at the end of the 2009 season in the Texan’s game was every bit as disturbing at both of Amendola’s injuries. No one was near Welker and yet he blew out both his ACL and MCL. Obviously, Welker has proven his durability over time and Amendola is yet to prove his. Just trying to keep all of this in perspective.
To be fair I don't see anything out there that shows Amendola being injury prone in college. Hard to tell by his college game stats..
year 1 played 15 offensive snaps
year 2 played 36 offensive snaps.
year 3 played 51 offensive snaps.
year 4 played 109 offensive snaps.
Total offensive snaps 211
To compare with Welker who played..
year 1 played 32 offensive snaps
year 2 played 65 offensive snaps.
year 3 played 117 offensive snaps.
year 4 played 125 offensive snaps.
Total offensive snaps 339.
So it's hard to tell here if Amendola was just used less in college or if injuries played a factor with him being used less. After all he went into the league in 2009 and missed 2 games to injury.
I think we have all personally known at least one person who just has bad luck when it comes to getting injured. You know the guy, he could just simply step off the curb and at that very moment the earth decided to shift causing him to land awkwardly and break his ankle. I know, this is over dramatic but you get the idea, we all probably knew someone like that. Who know's Amendola could be that guy. LOL!!
Here is an example of what I mean...
Per Yahoo Sports...
During a report on Fox's pregame show, Glazer explained that Amendola dislocated his clavicle, which actually popped in and could have threatened Amendola's trachea and aorta. The Rams' medical staff acted quickly, putting Amendola to sleep before popping the clavicle back into place and making sure it could not dislodge again.
Glazer adds that the Rams called around the league to find a case of another player suffering a similar injury, but they could not find one. The absence of a case study for this particular injury makes it difficult for the Rams to know when Amendola might return. Though surgery is not required, it may take between four and eight weeks for the injury to heal to the point where Amendola can play.
Some people just have some bad luck and it can't be explained... Since we are on the subject of strange things/bad luck we could add the Madden curse to that list. Hahaha! Please don't put Amendola on the Madden cover!!
And to further comment on ATJ's post, while the Pats won't be playing the Rams this year they certainly will be playing on some hard surfaces.