Injury Policy Made to be Broken

Today I’m taking on the old school adage:
You can’t lose your starting role because of an injury.

This week, I’ve heard this rule coming from the talking heads as Trent Green is recovering from an injury, but his unknown backup Damon Huard’s passing performance is second best in the NFL right now.

For the most part, this injury policy isn’t bad. It encourages players who are genuinely hurt to allow themselves the full time to recover. It probably also takes some pressure off of the relationship between the injured star and the temporary replacement, hence bettering the overall team chemistry.

But the fact is, and always will be, that this policy was made to be broken.

First of all, do we even know who came up with this rule in the first place? For all we know, it could have been coined by the guy who came up with Squagles. Are we really going to treat this advice like biblical wisdom when we don’t even know where it came from?

Think about it, has a team ever won a championship because they handed the ball back to their old and busted star quarterback? (The real answer is probably, but Knowledge Droppings and I couldn’t come up with a counter example.) The story is always the same, the fresh-faced, untested rookie takes the ball with bravado and does the unthinkable.

We’ve seen it happen so many times, and we never get sick of it: Tom Brady, Steve Young, and Kurt Warner, (unfortunately this is not the first time this has happened to Trent Green).

So all you old schoolers out there need to get over it, because this is clearly one rule that was made to be broken – kind of like not double dipping the chip at a party, or leaving a note every time you bump someone in the parking lot.


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