Colts Get it Right!

Well, today, as every NFL-starved fan knows, was the beginning of free agency.

And, I am sure you are aware, Loyal Reader(s), that the Colts signed a bunch of dudes that weren’t the dudes we were going to sign [editor’s note:  that didn’t stop Stampede Blue from having eight million articles about who we might acquire in free agency).

Since I don’t know any of those guys and I don’t feel like ripping off other blogs for info about them, I would like to take a second and recognize one of the moves the Colts got right this offseason.

And that was letting Austin Collie go.

We have, on occasion here, commented on Collie’s concussions and the right for fans to speak up about them and that he ought to retire.

That seems to make most sense to most people, but not to Austin.  Something is not right in his head and I don’t know if it is because of the concussions that he thinks this way or maybe he was just born with a low Wonderlic score.

Sports Illustrated just had this interesting column about his comeback in which Collie says some really weird stuff:

“What kind of bugs me is that the (ex-)players that are mentioned, does anyone realize the doctors didn’t know anywhere near as much then as they do now about brain trauma? Those guys who are having issues now didn’t have much knowledge about concussions. They didn’t have the information, the exercises, the supplements to help you recover from these injuries. Once upon a time they didn’t have great fixes for ACLs, but there’s been advances in surgeries and rehabs, and it’s not a career-ending injury any more. So it’s not really fair to say that the guys suffering from the effects of concussions who played years ago, that Austin is going to have exactly the same problems. We’ve had advances and benefits they didn’t.”

Let’s take this one line at a time, shall we?
What kind of bugs me is that the (ex-)players that are mentioned, does anyone realize the doctors didn’t know anywhere near as much then as they do now about brain trauma?
  • Wasn’t one of these people Junior Seau?  I am pretty confident doctors in the 1990s and 2000s had a pretty good handle on brain trauma.

Those guys who are having issues now didn’t have much knowledge about concussions.

  • I think it is safe to say, this was well understood for a long time.  Maybe the science wasn’t there but guys knew the potential for damage was there.  Otherwise, why are they wearing helmets?  I’d say we’ve known for at least a hundred years.  From Wikipedia:  “Additionally, other sources credit the invention of the football helmet to U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Joseph M. Reeves (later to become the “Father of Carrier Aviation”), who had a protective device for his head made out of mole skin to allow him to play in the 1893 Army-Navy Game after he was told by a Navy doctor that he must give up football or risk death from another kick in the head.”

They didn’t have the information, the exercises, the supplements to help you recover from these injuries.

  • This is the one that got me.  Please read it again.  Collie is saying that we now have exercises to prevent concussions.  That’s right.  Exercises.  Except a concussion is your brain sloshing around in your skull.  I wonder what exercise you can do that prevent inertia from moving your brain.  Even better?  The supplements.  I was just at GNC and didn’t see any Concus-Eze on the shelf.

Once upon a time they didn’t have great fixes for ACLs, but there’s been advances in surgeries and rehabs, and it’s not a career-ending injury any more.

  • This is some slippery logic here–comparing a concussion to an ACL.  This is apples and oranges.  An ACL is a mechanical problem with a torn ligament.  That can be put back together.  A concussion can’t be put back together or repaired.  An ACL is like breaking a rubber band–you can tie it back together and have something that works.  A concussion is like throwing your laptop into the driveway.  Even if you could glue all the parts back together, I am pretty sure it isn’t going to work the same.

So it’s not really fair to say that the guys suffering from the effects of concussions who played years ago, that Austin is going to have exactly the same problems.

  • That’s right.  Austin is special.  Just because guys used to get splatted on the highway for not wearing seatbelts, doesn’t mean that Austin should wear one.  Just because guys who used to eat potato salad that sat out too long at a picnic got sick and died, doesn’t mean that Austin should stay away from that food.  Yep, nothing here to be learned from the old-timers.

We’ve had advances and benefits they didn’t.

  • That’s because we are spacemen from the future.  Our flying cars and personal jetpacks will save us from concussions.

So, there you have it WeAreIndy.com fans–I think the Colts made the right call letting this goffball go.  It is clear he is not thinking straight.  And while we agree it is his decision to play, we don’t have to agree that it is a good decision.

P.S.  Paddy–I know we are trying to quit blogging, but I just couldn’t resist.

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