Another set of eyes to spot concussions

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on December 23, 2011 – 11:02 am

The Bengals have tapped a familiar face to help monitor potential concussions in the wake of a new NFL mandate.

Mike Gordon, head trainer at Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School and a former Bengals intern, is going to be in the press box with the NFL observer during games. Gordon will be wired into the bench via phone as he offers Bengals trainer Paul Sparling an extra set of eyes in the effort to spot players suffering from head injuries.

Gordon interned with the club in 2001 and 2003 and was a finalist for an assistant trainer’s job with the club in 2009.

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18 Responses to “Another set of eyes to spot concussions”

  1. By mwindle1973 on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    This is a long overdue step by the NFL. It’s been years since Wayne Chrebet and the exposure of the Jets systematic protocol for side stepping procedure in regards to concussions and possible concussions. It’s high time the NFL take this issue out of control of the player/team, and excercise independent control. I say an observer is just a start. I think Terry Bradshaw stated it best when revealing last year how badly he suffers from the repeated head trauma he endured. He explained he did not regret anything about football, but also acknowledged he would’ve done things quite differently if he knew then what he does now about how it would mar the quality of his later life.

  2. By mwindle1973 on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    Another huge game. This really looked like an easy game at one point in the season. It now looks like a proto-playoff matchup. But something tells me if we execute early we can expose the Arizona weaknesses that had them down early in the season. The Browns had them 17-7 last week late in the game. It is extremely important that we put points up early and play from ahead. Then the pass rushers should start getting to the QB. Green will face another very physical CB. That was his biggest weakness early in the season, and he seems to have come a long way in that area. If he can get off the line without problems he should get his shots at big plays.

  3. By mwindle1973 on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    Well we got the early lead and turned it into an easy game again. But then we couldn’t execute the ball control offense when we needed to again. We let them get a couple scores and they were down there and we stopped them on downs. But this is a game that ultimately like the Rams game, we one by keeping composure and remaining dilligent in doing our jobs. Really no difference in how we played Houston. No self imploding. This team has proven it’s not going to crumble in close games one way or another. The biggest hurdle we have to cross next week, is ball control if we get a lead.

  4. By mwindle1973 on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    The Giants got the win and we held on. Now it’s simple again. Win and were in. A loss doesn’t put us out. But right now the Jets, Raiders, Broncos, Titans & San Diego (game still playing) all have 7 losses. One of those teams will be a division winner. The other 4 have a chance to have a tie break if we lose. San Diego and Oakland play each other. The Broncos play KC. The Jets go to Miami, and the Titans play Houston. As far as the SOV. The Jets had a 6 game edge on us, as of now we have gained 2 games on them. We can gain two more with a losses by San Diego & Dallas. Or we can lose the 2 games we gained if they both win. No idea where we stand with the other teams on a tie break. But I know with a couple of them we have to beat the Ravens to match them in record against common opponents. So it looks right now like win or play the slots of the tie break system. Which doesn’t seem to be in our favor this time. Of course teams can lose next week too. But looks like the whole season will come down to a Ne Year’s Day showdown with the Ravens @ PBS. Dalton Gang seeks Raven Redemption.

  5. By mwindle1973 on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    One more win! This may be the new biggest game in Marvin Lewis’ career. I seen enough from Dalton to see he could do damage against the Ravens. But he’s going to have to avoid the turnovers. And Benson is going to have to hold onto the ball. I think he will solve the fumble problem. He’s one of the safest ball carriers in the league over his career. Nuggents 2 misses were a little scary, and we can’t do that either. But the main thing that will determine this game is if the D has regrouped enough from the Hall injury, and with the addition of Dunlap, to stiffen up agaist the Ravens and keep the score in the low 20s. I think Jones & Jennings are playing much improved since the last game. And when Dunlap is in there it’s a different Dline. The Combo of Dunlap, Johnson, Atkins, Fanene/Rucker has been lethal. At this point in the season this D is one of the top pass rushing teams. Let’s hope we can play a clean game and come away with the W.

  6. By jamison007 on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Rally Cry Answered in Texas. I will be hopping a 6am flight from Austin to Cinci. This time I will reserve all my fury of loudness for the D Machine. I vow to not get into any hassles with security in the stadium by simply being as loud as I can be when our psyched up D takes the field, and of course, for TD celebrations! WHO DEY! It is OUR TIME TO SHINE!

  7. By 303bengalguy on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    When this season’s all said and done it will either be written that the Bengals handled their business at home, or that they didn’t. At 3-3 heading into Ravens game, they have a chance to write the home record ABOVE .500, or below it, and if they can’t get it done, it would be pretty sad to write that the home field was not to their advantage this year. We can chalk up the 49ers loss as one to a very good team early on in our “rookie leaders” first campaign, but the loss to the Texans will be the one that comes back to haunt if they don’t wind up making it past the Ravens. Let’s do this Cincy! Write the history books the better of the 2 ways you can write it. Who Dey!

  8. By 303bengalguy on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    My bad… I meant write it as 5-3 or .500 at 4-4! You can delete that last post I guess… ;(

  9. By bengalpirate on Dec 29, 2011 | Reply

    You ROCK, 007!!! Have a safe trip and let’s ROCK the stadium Sunday to the tune of DEFENSE!!! Who Dey!!!

  10. By mwindle1973 on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    This is going to be a lively crowd, with a TV audience and the team will be as pumped as can be. Looking back at the first game, if I could pick one thing out it would pass protection. If we had protected Dalton, in spite of all our other mistakes, I think we would’ve won. I think you have to instuct Dalton to run when they leave him the space. It will force a man out of coverage or pass rushing to play a under middle zone. And we have to hit some short passes, because that’s all that will be there at first. But still be agessive and take your shots downfield. A running game would make this a lot easier, but I’m not sure we can run on them without establishing the pass first. Special teams will be huge as usual. And we can’t have any TOs. On D the biggest aim should be to not give up plays over 20 yards. Even if it causes you to give up more running yards. Make them execute long drives to score. And that means we need to get pressure with 4 men in the pass rush. A turnover or 2 would be nice. I don’t see this game as a longshot. I see it as a game that we can win if we do enough things right. If we execute really well, we could make this a comfortable win. But if we make too many mistakes it will be easy to lose. They’re a good team and they won’t make stupid mistakes. If play sloppy there will be little chance for a win. I’m hoping this is the game where it all comes together, but I’ll take a win!

  11. By jamison007 on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    @bengalpirate & WHO DEY Nation! Lets “b: Psyched”!!! I am so pumped for this game…will most likely still be buzzing from New Year’s Eve festivities, but I am gonna be ONE PROUD BENGAL flying out of Austin for Cincy at 6am CST on Jan.1, 2012. I am coming to town with one single mission: to join @bengalpirate and all the other kick butt fans to get so devestatingly loud on D that Flacco can’t think straight, the Ravens O-Line is all jumpy and jittery and the receivers can’t hear their audibles. C’mon Cincy, our boyz are coming out to fight, lets back up em’ up proper!

  12. By mwindle1973 on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    The wind situation is not looking good. 27 mph with gusts to 42! Our biggest advantage was the long ball to Green. That kind of wind might be too much even when it’s at your back. On the other hand it hampers their deep game too. We will really need to get some good running yards if the wind limits the passing game a lot. And really tackle well on D and not allow short passes to become long gains. And Huber would have to repeat his perormance in the wind at Jacksonville earlier in the year. If deep balls to Green become impossible, then our best chance to win is our special teams. By producing a large advantage in avg drive start. I know this, the wind adds an element of chance into the game, and I don’t like it. Hopefully if the wind gets involved it does it on our behalf!

  13. By mwindle1973 on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Well the forecast stayed true to Ohio tradition and has changed slightly since Hobson posted the wind article yesterday. By midnight the wind forecast had decreased and as of now (1:00 PM) they have lowered it again. Looking at the NWS Tabular Forecast…Old forecast called for 27 mph winds with 42 mph gusts. New one calls for 21 mph winds with 27 mph gusts. That’s about 5 mph above the winds in PBS against Cleveland, and about 5 MPH under the winds at Jacksonville. One of the biggest attributes to throwing in wind, is a tight spiral. IMO Dalton has some of the cleanest spirals in the league. A win here would mean a lot to Bengaldom. But regardless of the outcome, I hope the team just comes out and gives their all. This franchise has a lot going for it right now. We have 2 1st rounders, and picking up free agents will be easier this year now we have a strong team nucleus again. But I’d really like to see the season extended here more than anything. Who Dey!

  14. By mwindle1973 on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Seems to be a lot of discussion about the 2 TD runs and who was to blame. IMO it was Reggie Nelson. On the first TD he followed Torrey Smith on a fake reverse. He should have covered the reverse but he bit way too hard on it. The second appeared to be the same scenario, Crocker was blitzing and Nelson had the whole backside to himself, he got caught on the wrong side of the run and in to deep. The CBs are partially to blame for completely selling out on both plays as well. It’s one thing that just rarely happened when Crocker was at FS and Roy Williams at SS. Nelson and Jones are the 2 guys you find still playing risky. But to some extent they probably want them taking some risks, but not free lancing quite so much. Nelson has been burnt in this way about 4 or 5 times for big runs in the last 5 games or so. To win this week we can’t allow it to happen. Part of this is plain trying to do too much. Hopefully we can calm some for this game. After all we have played 6 games with 4 of the other 5 playoff teams.

  15. By mwindle1973 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    @Hobson: What happened to the series of articles to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1981 AFC Champion Bengals? I was really enjoying that, but it seems like it left off at the Bengals-49ers regular season game and then no more articles were posted.

  16. By mwindle1973 on Jan 4, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats to Mike Brown on his PFT Executive of the Year title. I would like to point out another move he made that is overlooked. The signing of Bruce Gradkowski. Discarded by all other organizations so much he was not supposed to land a job. Yet Gruden was quite adamant that this was the guy to hold the franchise in his hands if Dalton couldn’t start this year. And he proved his worth, by providing us with one relief victory in a season where one win was the difference in going to the playoffs or not.

  17. By mwindle1973 on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been curious for awhile what exactly “headaches” means in regards to Donte Moch’s injury status. It could mean that he took a good shot to the head at some point this year and he’s has headaches every time he has physical contact since. I’ve remember a couple players having that happen. But there is also a such thing as a migraine related disorder. In which the headache is not the key feature. The person has migraine induced events and can have cognitive issues, along with extreme pain, and possibly seizures amongst other symptoms. Whatever it is I assume it is not just a simple everyday headache problem.

  18. By mwindle1973 on Jan 6, 2012 | Reply

    With Gruden & Zimmer being named as head coaching candidates in Jacksonville & Tampa it’s got me wondering about Ken Zampese. He was a candidate or interviewed for jobs after the 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2010 seasons. In Jacksonville, St.Louis, Chicago & Tampa Bay. All of these teams are without an OC right now. I think Jeff Fisher will be the man in St Louis so he’ll bring in his own people. But he could surface again on the list this year. He would have to be one of our top candidates if we lose Gruden. IMO he should be the #1 candidate. He started in the WCO under Phili & Green Bay for 2 years. THen spent 3 years under Martz in St Louis in the air coryell based greatest show on turf. Then of course 8 years under Bratz, Dennis ERickson/Jack Elway based “spread-coryell” system. And now a year under Gruden’s WCO. He’s spent a lot of time training under some of the best. And to me Zampese deserves some credit for Dalton’s success too. Gruden’s been great putting Dalton in a position to succeed. But Zampese has had him way ahead of schedule for a rookie. He not running a rookie offense. A lot of that is Dalton, but some has to be Zampese.

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