Originally Posted by Brisco
I think there is a counter-argument to the Cook-Robinson issue... Many a coach has a policy that you never lose your starting position based on injury... I do not agree with that, especially in the playoffs, but I can see the merit of it. If a player feels that they could lose their slot from an injury even if they recover, it has to affect their play... in the back of their head they are telling themselves to play just good enough to keep the slot but not take any risks that could cause them to suffer an injury that would put them out a few weeks and then immediately priove that they are better than their replacement.
Again, i do not agree with this approach, but I can see its merits from a leadership perspective.
The mantra of "not losing your job due to injury" has proven to be a poor one for nearly 100 years now. As us baseball fans know, this is how Lou Gehrig got his job way back in the day. It assumes that the coaches never make a mistake on evaluating talent before the game starts. It also gives the starter a sense of job security that's not healthy for the team.
Your theory on a player playing so hard that he risks injury is so bizarre that I've never heard of such a thing. I want a player to think his job is on the line on every play and I don't share the opinion that playing hard equates to more injuries. I think coaches should consider replacing players at any point including injuries. I'd argue that the 49ers would not be in the Super Bowl if they'd stuck with the not losing your job to injury mantra.