Two Minute Warning
Everyweek we’ll bring you a fresh edition of the ‘two minute warning’. That sounds great, but what is the two minute warning? I hear you cry.
You’ll find the newsworthy items, and by this we mean no more what ‘player A’ is wearing, working with during the offseason, posted on their various social media feeds. We cut through the click bait and give you the news, intertwined with a hint of sarcasm of course.
Think of the two minute warning, as a way of stayed informed and a way of utilizing your time (why click on 8 links for 4 actual newsworthy stories when we’ve done the hard work for you).
Retirement or Attention?
During a radio interview Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hinted at retirement, how seriously should the organization take what Ben said?
I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan. “To consider health, and family and things like that, and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season.”
From the outside looking in, its easy to jump on the media driven narrative that Ben is seeking attention. As we all know Roethlisberger is keen to share his varouis ailments on a weekly basis. But does his honesty deserve the ridicule? Why don’t we perseve this as a motivational tactic? Or even a way of simply avoiding a potential draft selection been taken away from the team by the league? (cough Richard cough Sherman cough).
Are Roethlisberger’s words just an honest assessment of a player who’s body simply can’t take anymore of the games vicious hits. Does Roethlisberger feel let down by younger members of the team who appear to put themselves first, the team second?
Whatever the conclusion, the Steelers need to start looking beyond the talents of big Ben sooner rather than later.
Better Safe Than Sorry
The mummification of body parts, a concoction of pills fueled with the fear of losing your job all contributed to players jogging out on the gridiron. Unknow to them as they got in their stances, the long term affects the game would have on their bodies and loved ones. Thankfully the blinkered nature of the NFL appears to be in the rear view mirror.
Fast forward to the present day and player safety is now at the forefront of the leagues mind. Over the course of the last few years we’ve seen kickoffs moved and independent doctors on the sidelines monitoring the action as it unfolds.
It appears that the measures put in place have helped reduce the number of concussions within the game. On Thursday the NFL reported that there was a 11% drop in concussions during the 2016 season (practices also included in the study). Within the same report, the NFL found no link between playing on a short week and the likelihood of more injures. (Full Report Here).
We continue to monitor Thursday night games and duration of play, and once again, we found there is no evidence of an increase in injuries when teams participate in a Thurday night game or examined another way – injury rates do not increase when teams have shorter intervals between games.
Both the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers have announced their respective new General Managers.
The Colts have hired former Kansas City Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard. Despite no prior experience as a General Manager, Ballard’s highly thought of within the inner circles of NFL. Ballard will be expected to lean on the 16 years of scouting experience to ensure the Colts can keep Andrew Luck upright.
I am so thankful to Mr. Irsay and his entire family for this opportunity to join the Colts organization,” Ballard said in a statement. “I appreciate everyone who has been involved in the search process. I look forward to working with Chuck and his staff, the personnel staff, and all the outstanding Colts employees. My wife Kristen and our children cannot wait to get to Indianapolis and become active members of the community.
Consistenty is key when running an organization, and whilst performances on the field have lacked any semblance of consistency. If you’re look for consistency, then the front office of the 49ers appears to be holding down the fort. That is of course if you consider head scratching decisions as a form of consistency.
On Sunday the 49ers announced that John Lynch will be the new General Managed. The 49 year old former saftey and nine time Pro Bowler, spent the best part of his retirement as a TV analyst. Lynch will be looking to add a little color to a disillusioned franchise left perilously on the rocks by former GM Trent Baalke.
Lets hope for 49ers fans sake that lightning doesn’t strike twice. Matt Millen, made the same transition from broadcast booth to GM. I’ll spare the Lions fans the pain of that 0-16 season under Millens watch back in 2008…..oops.