“With the 16th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select strength and conditioning coach (insert name here).” If things could only be so simple. Imagine a world where NFL teams could draft coaches the way they draft players. Oh, the possibilities. My vote would be to trade up for former Steelers’ head coach Bill Cowher, but alas, I must digress.
Over the course of the past few years, the NFL as a whole has been decimated by injury. Obviously, most of it is simply accredited to the hazard of the occupation. NASCAR drivers crash. Construction workers randomly nail their hand to a wall whilst ogling female pedestrians. NFL players tear, pull, and break body parts. It’s not exactly rocket science or even 3rd grade arithmetic.
That being said, though, even in the current NFL environment of mass injury the Dallas Cowboys are still stealing the show. Our players pull hamstrings signing autographs. It’s inexcusable. Yet, here we are leaving another season with a tremendous injury count and no one being held openly accountable.
I’m not saying that the Cowboys’ current strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik isn’t qualified to do the job. He was the S&C coach during our 90’s dynasty years. What I am saying is that the following number doesn’t lie: 77. No, that’s not the age I’ll be when we finally get Super Bowl ring number 6. That’s how many games were reportedly missed in 2013 when you add up each player’s individual absence.
But wait. There’s more. Approximately 23 of those injuries were hamstring related. There’s just no way to explain this away. It’s also not an anomaly considering we had the same issues the previous year. It makes you wonder if the Cowboys’ players are doing leg presses in training camp or playing Madden 25 for bragging rights.