Patriots head coach Bill Belichick believes the rise in injuries is caused by the fact that NFL teams can only make their players work out so much during the offseason. Opposed to in the past when there weren’t as many restrictions.
“I’m in favor of total preparation for the players for the season,” Belichick said during a conference call via the AP. “And I think that’s been changed significantly and, I would say, not necessarily for the better when you look at the injury numbers.”
Belichick believes players being less prepared has led to more injuries.
“Personally, I think that’s taking the wrong approach,” he said. “You have a gap between preparation and competition level. And I think that’s where you see a lot of injuries occurring. We get a lot of breakdowns. We get a lot of situations that players just aren’t as prepared as they were in previous years, in my experience anyway.”
I’ve heard this floated around by many agents and other people from around the league and would have to agree that keeping the players off the field more during the offseason has only hurt them.