In my story today, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said his team’s better health this late in the season could have something to do with a program he and general manager John Schneider implemented during the offseason, led by director of health and player performance Sam Ramsden.
Ramsden took diagnostic tests of each player when they reported to team headquarters in March, and then created a profile of each player that’s been maintained through the year. So each player’s maintenance regimen and nutritional diet has been put together for their unique characteristics.
“We’ve done a lot of things this year that are different to what we’ve done in the past,” Carroll said. “We’ve taken a more holistic look at the athletes in general – everything from their rest, to their eating habits, to the way we bring them back – in every phase of it. … I don’t know if that has anything to do with it at all, but we’ve tried to take care of these guys from the time they came back to us in OTAs (organized team activities) throughout in a little different manner.”
Seattle finished last season with 15 players on the injured reserve list. In 2010, a dozen Seattle players finished the season on the injured reserve list.
Through 10 games this season, Seattle has three players on IR – defensive end Dexter Davis, tight end Cameron Morrah and receiver Ben Obomanu.
Tight end Zach Miller said the team’s new training regimen and cutting down on offseason workouts helped curb injuries stemming from fatigue.
“I think it’s a combination of Coach taking care of us with the practice schedule, in addition to having a young team, with a little bit of luck splashed in there,” Miller said. “The way the new schedule works with the offseason being a little shorter, and not being able to do two-a-days in training camps, I think that helps people stay healthier longer and avoid some of the overuse injuries.”
Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was more succinct.
“I think it’s the grace of God,” he said. “That’s the only thing I can think of.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Seattle players returned rested and energized in his Monday practice report.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times notes that last three times the Seahawks have finished with a 6-4 record, they’ve went to the playoffs.
NFL.com’s experts debate what team will earn the wild card berth in the NFC. The Seahawks appear to be the most popular choice.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick played flawlessly in leading the 49ers to a 32-7 win over a good Bears defense at Candlestick Park. It appears that San Francisco has a full-blown quarterback controversy, with head coach Jim Harbaugh saying after the game he’ll ride the hot quarterback. Alex Smith did not play in the game because he’s still recovering from a concussion.
Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel takes a closer look at Miami’s defense, which has struggled of late. The Dolphins have one of the best run defenses in the league, but have giving up some big plays in the passing game.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald examines Miami’s struggles on offense. The Dolphins are 26th in the league in scoring, and 29th in yards.
Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post writes that Miami’s running game has been struggling lately. The Dolphins rank 21st in the league in rushing.