In my time following the injuries of the NFL, I've had some great teachers. People from Aaron Schatz to Peter King, from Peyton Manning to Bob Newton have taken time and effort to help me understand the game. I could give you a much longer list on the medical side, but in the end, what I look at medically is different than what anyone else does. It's not divorced from the football side. It's not sports and medicine; it's sports medicine. If you don't understand the game, you can't analyze the game, which is a far cry from those who say you have to have played the game.
No matter which rankings you use to prep for your draft (or auction -- trust me, it's better), you're going to need to factor in injury risk. The NFL is a hard game, even with the best efforts of the NFL and NFLPA to keep things a bit safer. The most devastating for any team is if, in the words of Al Davis, the QB goes down and he goes down hard. We had some warning on Peyton Manning last season, but injuries to Matt Schaub, Matt Cassell
Deconstructing rankings with a medhead perspective isn't disrespectful or even questioning. It's like being Robin to Batman. Batman had better toys, but Robin was there when that one henchman snuck around. Batman never had eyes in the back of his head.
QBs are probably the most dependent position when it comes to injury risk. It's obvious that offensive lines are perhaps the biggest factor, but WRs and TEs are as well. If a WR can't break off a route and get open for a quick target after a jailbreak blitz gets through, your QB is going to take another hit. If the RB behind him
This year, I'll be going team-by-team through the QBs (and in coming days, the other fantasy relevant positions), helping you assess the risk relative to the reward. It's the most complete look at risk you'll find anywhere, on the web or the newsstand. Some risks are apparent, but even the least risky QB is only one hit away from a serious injury that will cost him the rest of the season. The strategy then is to balance the risk, putting a less risky QB with the riskier ones, which is going to require a higher draft pick.
I don't see the difference between
Ignore the rotator cuff talk.
It's impossible to escape the
There's no bigger unknown in this year's draft than
Don't forget that
A lot of
Without getting too moral here, the narrative on
The new offense the Bears will run and the weapons he has should help
So you think this is the year that
The rule is that running QBs take more hits, and more hits equals more injuries.
The only real uncertainty here is the drama of the coaching situation. There's no reason to think
We still don't know how good