October 22, 2010

Strength and Conditioning

One of the key factors in any athletes capabilities to perform at a high professional level...........strength and conditioning. From off season workouts, to nutrition, to in season workouts, if you're not strong, eating healthy and conditioned properly, you're doomed to fail with both injuries and long recovery times.

I'd like to introduce to you, your Oakland Raiders Strength and Conditioning coach, Brad Roll.

Image Courtesy LIFE Magazine

Mr. Roll comes with an extensive coaching background, dating back to 1981-86, where Roll served as the first full-time strength and conditioning coach at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
His professional stints : 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the '93-'96 ( 5-11, 6-10, 7-9 )
Miami Dolphins from '96-'03 ( 8-8, 9-7, 10-6, 9-7, 11-5, 11-5, 9-7, 10-6 )
Buffalo Bills from '03-06 ( 6-10, 9-7, 5-11 )
St. Louis Rams from '06-'07 ( 8-8, 3-13 )
before joining the Raiders in 2008, having shown that his experience with athletes in the professional ranks should be as good as it gets. I mean come on, 17 years now, this guy should make the players as prepared as they can get, right? 

Well, lets look at our injuries over the last 2.5 years with Mr. Roll as our Strength and Conditioning coach........


JaMarcus Russell - knee injury during Oakland's 17-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Darren McFadden - turf toe injury that ruined his rookie season that seemed so promising after a 164-yard rushing performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in his second NFL game.
Derrick Burgess - triceps injury that costed the Raiders their biggest pass-rushing threat and the leader of their defensive line.
Justin Fargas - sidelined by a noncontact injury from a simple pass route and a strained groin, sustained in a victory over Kansas City.
Kwame Harris - knee injury.
Javon Walker - hamstring.
Chaz Schilens - Everything
John Bowie (IR)
Tyvon Branch (IR)
Drew Carter (IR)
Justin Griffith (IR)
Paul McQuistan (IR)
Oren O'Neal (IR)
Arman Shields (IR)
Mark Wilson (IR)


Darren McFadden - knee
Johnnie Lee Higgins - shoulder
Justin Fargas - hamstring
Derrick Gray - IR
Lorenzo Neal - IR
Jason Horton - IR
Rashad Baker - IR
John Wade - IR
Mike Hawkins - IR
John Bowie - IR
Oren O’Neal - IR
Ricky Brown - IR
Jon Alston - IR
Robert Gallery - IR
Slade Norris - IR
Chaz Schilens - IR


Bruce Gradkowski -Shoulder
Johnnie Lee Higgins - Knee
Quentin Groves - Hamstring
Chaz Schilens - Knee
Thomas Howard - Knee
Travis Goethel - Back
Michael Bennett - Groin
Jeremy Ware - Ankle
John Henderson - Foot
Robert Gallery - Hamstring
Daniel Loper - Ankle
Chris Johnson - Ankle
Zach Miller - Hip
Michael Bennett - Hamstring
Ricky Brown - Hamstring
Walter McFadden - Hamstring
Hiram Eugene - Hamstring
Langston Walker - Elbow
Cooper Carlisle - Knee
Richard Seymour - Hamstring
Darrius Heyward -Bey - Groin
Louis Murphy - Collarbone
Marcel Reece - Neck
Chris Johnson - Neck, ankle
Nnamdi Asomugha - Groin
Desmond Bryant - Elbow
Joey Thomas  Injured-Reserved - Concussion
Alex Daniels  Injured-Reserved - Undisclosed
Jay Richardson  Injured-Reserved - Knee
Jonathan Holland  Injured-Reserved - Ankle

Do you see a trend? I see a lot of fatigued muscles, poor hydration and over weight football players. Where is the accountability Mr. Roll? Tom Cable?
Looks like the Raiders may need to take a look at the core of our issues and start making some changes to what we do, how we eat and how we prepare. It just may get us "over the hump" as Tom Cable puts it.
Chaotic View

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