Are NFL teams playing poorly? Doctors reveal the true impact of poor play down the stretch

Written by Lauren Libby, CNN The message from teams across the NFL playoffs field has been similar: Come back and play well and make the postseason, or else. With 13 games to go, teams…

Are NFL teams playing poorly? Doctors reveal the true impact of poor play down the stretch

Written by Lauren Libby, CNN

The message from teams across the NFL playoffs field has been similar: Come back and play well and make the postseason, or else.

With 13 games to go, teams from all the top conferences are racing for position while hunting down long-shot teams that could be lurking on their playoff table. With only six spots available, the coming weeks are going to be a huge challenge for all of the remaining candidates.

Is it a good or bad thing for a team to play poorly down the stretch? What does the team have to do to get there? We spoke to a team of medical experts from the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Jacksonville Jaguars to learn about what’s at stake over the last three months of the season.

Are the Dallas Cowboys primed for a playoff push?

“In retrospect it doesn’t look great. The last month has been a disaster. The leadership team is no longer together and the coaching staff is in flux.”

– Dr. Jon Richter, CB State University

— “In retrospect it doesn’t look great. The last month has been a disaster. The leadership team is no longer together and the coaching staff is in flux.” “We always try to help football teams optimize their bodies, optimally what they need. If they’re older players we’re focused on physically minimizing any signs of wear and tear.”

— Dr. Jon Richter, CB State University

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‘What will be the early quarterback?’

“I think the Dallas Cowboys have done a better job in understanding what may happen to Dak Prescott and what type of quarterback he will be next year.

“I think Dak has done a very good job at understanding who he is, how he wants to play and how he wants to be as a leader. He had a great performance last week and I think he’ll want to continue to build upon it.”

— Dr. Aris Kimmet, University of California, San Francisco

— “I think the Dallas Cowboys have done a better job in understanding what may happen to Dak Prescott and what type of quarterback he will be next year. “I think Dak has done a very good job at understanding who he is, how he wants to play and how he wants to be as a leader. He had a great performance last week and I think he’ll want to continue to build upon it.” “I’m really excited for second-year quarterback David Longley.”

– Dr. Jaime Green, UCLA

Who has the greatest opportunity to make the playoffs and which teams should we watch out for?

“San Francisco — and it’s not necessarily the outlook of their season as much as the outlook of Jimmy Garoppolo and what he’s done for the 49ers. They are in the playoff hunt. It is not their fault that the rest of the team can’t win and stay relevant, but if Jimmy continues to step it up then their season will be very interesting.”

— Dr. Tom Kirkendall, Arizona State University

— “The New York Giants. Josh Rosen was a complete nonfactor for the most part for the past few months. But he has played very well against the Bears and last week against the Saints. He’s matured. I see us being able to get into the playoffs now if he plays well down the stretch.”

— Dr. Megan Howe, University of Pennsylvania

— “Look at the Indianapolis Colts. They can play better and they’ve played better. They’ve played hard. There are so many teams with Super Bowl records that have struggled to just stay afloat.”

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Are the Los Angeles Chargers on the verge of slipping out of the playoff race?

“It would surprise me if they didn’t make the playoffs.”

— Dr. Roy Philbin, Ohio State University

Is the Dallas Cowboys playing poorly down the stretch?

“They have been all over the place. It’s hard to really have a good perspective on how to move the needle to make a difference. I do think they are showing signs of improvement.

“We always try to help football teams optimize their bodies, optimally what they need. If they’re older players we’re focused on physically minimizing any signs of wear and tear.”

— Dr. Jon Richter, CB State University

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