KIDS love Merry-Go-Rounds. Sporting coaches, however, are not so enamoured.
The injury Merry-Go-Round in the NFL is now reaching ridiculous proportions. And the main men in the offense, Quarterbacks, are giving their conditioning coaches many an aneurism.
Let’s start at Cleveland, Ohio. Before the Cavaliers won the last NBA title, this is a city that has been a non-factor in all sporting competitions. The Browns have been an NFL basket case for a long time.
And just as it looked like they might get some form of a run on, the injuries curse has struck.
The Browns acquired former No. 2 pick and Washington Redskins outcast Robert Griffin III to be their new man under centre. He was injured in round one in his side’s 29-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Enter veteran Josh McCown, who was arguable stiff not to get the first crack at starting Quarterback. And wouldn’t you know it; he was struck down in Cleveland’s 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens over the weekend.
This leaves untried rookie Cody Kessler in the box seat to take control.
These QB injuries are not limited to one team. We already know about Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys, but now add the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears.
With superstar Tom Brady serving a four game suspension for “De-flate Gate”, Jimmy Garroppolo took the reins for the Patriots. Following his injury mid-way through the Pats’ victory over the Miami Dolphins, rookie Jacoby Brissett is now in the hot seat. So far it even appears that the Patriots will use Julian Edelman as their emergency option. Bears main man Jay Cutler was also forced from the field in his side’s loss to the Eagles, replaced by veteran Brian Hoyer.
When the main man is out in any position, the coaching staff has two options: use what you have, or find who you need from elsewhere.
Minnesota Vikings did the latter with Sam Bradford, and it looks like a solid move after impressing in his team’s win over Green Bay.
Ingenuity, tactile and cunning all need to come to the fore when making these decisions as this where coaches earn their money. And, in this new world of sports, if they get it wrong, they may not be making any more coin.
Whatever way all these teams decide to go, one thing is for sure; there will be a number of rookies/veterans out there looking to take full advantage of their new found opportunities.