It seems to me -- and correct me if I'm wrong -- that our guys are cramping up at a far greater rate than in past years, and certainly more frequently than the opponents over the first three games. Why is this happening?
Is it possibly the result of our new S&C coach's program and methods? Having viewed the before and after photos of some our players, it's pretty clear that Herbert is focusing on the "strength" part of his responsibilities. But, what about "conditioning"? Is it possible that because our players are bulking up more they are more susceptible to cramping (as well as muscle strains)? Are they being fully hydrated before and during the game?
I have no evidence for any of this, but if one is looking for an explanation for this phenomenon, the S&C program is a logical place to start. Hopefully, once the weather cools down, this will cease to be a problem.