Re: [patriotzip] Re: Broken rib for Welker?
You may be right, Scott. Who really knows. But I wasn't suggesting that we add any games to the regular season or that we shorten the preseason. I was suggesting that we cut down the pre-season to two games -- but without shortening camp. Which means I'd like to see camp and intrasquad scrimmages extended over the period during which we're now playing our first two preseason games. I know I didn't make that clear.
--- On Thu, 8/28/08, kmacalp@... <kmacalp@...> wrote:
From: kmacalp@... <kmacalp@...>
Subject: [patriotzip] Re: Broken rib for Welker?
Date: Thursday, August 28, 2008, 10:19 AM<Mike> All of which goes back to the idea of a longer camp and just two
pre-season games -- lowering the chances of injuries like these.<Scott> I bet it would actually increase injuries though. Right now the vets typically work their way up from a few series in the first preseason game up to a few quarters of play by the third game. After a few months away from actual games, this helps them acclimate to contact and other stuff under game conditions, usually at night when it's cooler. Drop preseason games, and you shorten this process considerably, plus you lose valuable opportunities to evaluate new players under game conditions. With preseason games cut and regular season games added, your starters would be asked to go full intensity for four quarters a lot sooner and it would be more likely they'd be doing so in the afternoon when the heat increases the possibility of injury. In the end, your starters also end up playing more, thus creating more opportunities to get injured. Right now for the Pats at least, the starters often play two quarters plus in preseason game 3 and sit out game 4. Odds are if those are games that count, the starters are playing 4 quarters in each. That's 8 quarters of play vs. 2 plus. The more a player is on the field, the greater the chance he could get injured.Scott Sheaffer
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