Amid the heartbreaks and idiocy that we Bills fan have endured the past 10 plus years, there is one aspect that remains hidden from debates. One thing that has been overlooked among all the calls for new management and firings. It is something we look at each week and acknowledge, however it is just a passing glance. All the while chalking it up to bad luck.
It seems as though every week the Bills have at least two new injuries to deal with. It has been this way for the team for a few years now. I am aware that there are going to be injuries in such a violent sport but the amount of injuries that occur to this franchise seems well beyond what most teams deal with. I am an avid Bills fan living in the suburbs of New York. I am able to watch the Giants and Jets on a consistent basis and it always seems to me that these teams including there Offensive lines are always in and playing. The Jets haven't had numerous different lineups and the Giants are rock solid in there starters. Obviously a couple injuries occur but for the most part they stay intact. In Buffalo, its rare that Donte Whitner and Terrance McGee aren't on the injury report. Countless times we have seen names go on the Injured Reserve list. Every year it seems to be an integral cog in our rickety machine of a team.
While I would love to see a top flight GM in place and a HC that has an intelligent plan, both long term and on the field, I think there is one more group that has to be changed. It is John Allaire, the Strength and Conditioning coach and whomever he employs. A highly regarded S&C coach from a highly regarded program, but clearly he is doing something wrong. I would also throw in the Athletic Training staff as they are, or at least supposedly, integrated heavily into the off-season, pre-season, and in-season workout plans for the players. The reason I lay this down on Allaire and the ATCs is because many of the injuries can be prevented with proper conditioning and strength training. In an ideal off-season and pre-season program there should be a healthy portion dedicated to injury prevention. Without getting into it, it is fairly easy to involve balance and strength into a conditioning program without sacrificing the usual speed, agility and quickness.
For all I know, Allaire could be doing a great job and the Bills could just be unlucky, ie. Music City Miracle. But the past four years have been marred by injury. Coincidentally Allaire was named head S&C coach four years ago.