chris98251 wrote:I guess we will see, the time off to rest and heal is important, without that players can be more prone to get injuries after a long season. Why it's so tough to win anything back to back even a division if the competition is tough and the team returning isn't head and shoulders above the rest of the league. Your 49ers were just that, as were the 70's Steelers. We know the Patriots were hardly challanged by anyone other then the Ravens and Steelers. That dominance can get you back in more routinely. Just our division is brutal, throw in the rest of the NFC as we seen this year not a whole lot of seperation just enough at this point.
Short off season, each week you go farther into the playoffs is less time to heal and have recovery time for your body from the season, injuries and surgerys etc. Players have those extra weeks to rehab etc and come in and are able to practice sooner.
It makes difference. Your talking almost 2 months longer of the season for the teams that played all the way to the Super Bowl. 8 weeks is a lot of time.
While you raise valid points, you also seem to be reaching a bit. Since you guys made it to the divisional round, that means that you only have 3 weeks less than us to heal up and therefore are victims of this "short offseason" you speak of. Are you concerned about your teams ability to recover as well, not in order to just compete against us but the rest of the teams on your schedule that didn't actually get past week 17?
The only recovery the Niners need to be concerned with is that of Justin Smith's surgery. However his injury wasn't too bad to keep him from participating in the playoffs and SB, but was obviously limited. To put the recovery time into perspective, Ray Lewis suffered the same injury in the beginning of last season, had surgery to repair it, and returned during the same season. Justin underwent surgery days after the Superbowl and his recovery is expected to last 3 months and be fully recovered before OTA's.
Who was the player of yours that suffered the injury against the Redskins and was out against the Falcons? How is his recovery going along?