Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Postby 7DnBrnc53 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:24 pm

John Elway's injury in 1992 against the Giants made me think of doing this thread.

That injury led to the Broncos missing the playoffs, and Reeves getting fired. As a result, they eventually got Shanny, as HC, and the Broncos (and Elway) won two SB's.

If the Broncos made the playoffs, Reeves' contract would have been extended (Bowlen has said that), and Elway probably goes somewhere else. I don't see Reeves and Tommy Maddox winning a SB, and maybe Elway never wins one, either (depends on where he goes).
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Re: Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Postby Teo » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:46 pm

1999 Rams: Trent Green got injured in the preseason and Dick Vermeil says that they will play “good Football” with Kurt Warner. Surely they did!
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Re: Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Postby Oszuscik » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:47 pm

Great thread. How about Drew Bledsoe getting hurt in 2001 and some 6th round pick from Michigan coming in to replace him?
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Re: Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Postby 7DnBrnc53 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:51 pm

Greg Cook's rotator cuff tear in 1969. The Bengals had some success in the coming years, but not the success that they probably would have had with Cook in tow. And, if they are more successful with Greg, maybe Brown turns it over to Walsh in 1976 instead of Tiger Johnson.
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Re: Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Postby JuggernautJ » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:53 am

Oszuscik wrote:Great thread. How about Drew Bledsoe getting hurt in 2001 and some 6th round pick from Michigan coming in to replace him?


Likewise, Don Majkowski's injury (tho his time was probably limited anyway) in 1992 that led to a certain #4's record string of 297 consecutive starts.
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Re: Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Postby rhickok1109 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:38 am

Bert Jones' shoulder injury in 1978. The Colts went 31-11 in the three previous seasons and won three straight divisional championships. After his injury, they had two consecutive last-place finishes (although they went 5-2 in the games that Jones did manage to start in those two seasons). After he came back in 1980, he was obviously not the same.
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Re: Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Postby Citizen » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:08 am

JuggernautJ wrote:Likewise, Don Majkowski's injury (tho his time was probably limited anyway) in 1992 that led to a certain #4's record string of 297 consecutive starts.


Even if Majkowski had played acceptably with his shredded shoulder, Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren had little to lose and lots to gain by getting Favre on the field. Majik's ankle injury only expedited the process.

Similarly, Bledsoe was in the process of writing his ticket out of town before Hugh Douglas broke him in two.

The common theme is that these injuries turned out to be blessings in disguise.
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Re: Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Postby sluggermatt15 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:03 pm

The Steelers were 6-10 in 2003. Second game of 2004, Tommy Maddox gets hurt. Enter Ben Roethlisberger. The rest is history.

Also, the NOLA Saints signing Drew Brees away from the Chargers in free agency. The Saints have had their best run in franchise history since.
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Re: Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Postby Jay Z » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:39 pm

rhickok1109 wrote:Bert Jones' shoulder injury in 1978. The Colts went 31-11 in the three previous seasons and won three straight divisional championships. After his injury, they had two consecutive last-place finishes (although they went 5-2 in the games that Jones did manage to start in those two seasons). After he came back in 1980, he was obviously not the same.


Considering the overall state of the organization, I doubt that even a healthy Jones ever gets that Colts team more than another first round playoff loss or so. Jones' overall health effect on his own career is another matter.
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Re: Injuries that changed the course of a franchise

Postby BD Sullivan » Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:14 pm

sluggermatt15 wrote:The Steelers were 6-10 in 2003. Second game of 2004, Tommy Maddox gets hurt. Enter Ben Roethlisberger. The rest is history.


Roethlisberger was their first-round pick that year (11th overall), so Maddox was presumably seen as a caretaker anyway by Cowher.

Pastorini breaks his leg in 1980; enter Jim Plunkett.
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