When the Ravens hold joint practices against the Eagles in August, coaches John Harbaugh and Chip Kelly could have some interesting dialogue between them.
One topic they discuss could be injuries, and how to avoid them. According to one measure of data, the Eagles have been the healthiest team in the NFL the past two seasons. The Ravens haven’t done badly either, ranking as the league’s third healthiest team the past two years, according to a metric created by Pro Football Outsiders. The website uses a metric called AGL (Adjusted Games Lost), which compiles data from injury reports and injured reserve.http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2015/2014-adjusted-games-lost
According to AGL, the Ravens were the seventh healthiest team last season, and the ninth healthiest team in 2013. That combination made them the third healthiest over a 24-month span, ranking behind only the Eagles and the Jets.
Unfortunately for the Ravens, most of their serious injuries last season were at one position –cornerback. Jimmy Smith, Asa Jackson, Danny Gorrer, Aaron Ross, and Tramain Jacobs all suffered season-ending injuries last season.
The Ravens pride themselves on being a well-conditioned team, and Harbaugh has praised head athletic trainer Mark Smith for doing a masterful job helping players return quickly from injuries.
However, Harbaugh is always seeking information about the best ways to practice and train. Kelly has received plenty of attention for his belief in sports science. Kelly and Harbaugh obviously relate well enough to agree on joint practices. Avoiding the injury bug may be another topic the two coaches discuss when their teams get together in August.