Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy blames the newest collective bargaining agreement from 2011 for the increase in injuries in the league due to less practices.
He was quoted by NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo:
“I think it’s clearly a reflection of the training part of it. People don’t want to hear coaches say that, but how can you not be in tune to the fact you have a younger football league than pre-2011 and now you’re spending five less weeks with the players?” McCarthy said. “I mean, that’s not the best formula. I think it’s been proven since then.”
And he’s right. The lack of practice time combined with the lack of preparation has hurt the product in today’s NFL. McCarthy is one of the best coaches in the NFL, and he understands what the lack of preparation and practice would do to hurt the game.
While it’s not all about injuries, a quality decline in the NFL is apparent, despite the athletes being more talented and instinctual than ever. There are too many busted plays that pro football players shouldn’t be committing. And with more practice time and more contact, teams would be much better.
The lack of mental reps in the offseason is also an issue. Players should be allowed to have a coach go over film with them at any point in the year, but the collective bargaining agreement makes it to where they can’t even talk with coaches for parts of the year.
This is something the NFL and NFLPA should correct in the next collective bargaining agreement come 2021.