The new Bills brain trust of head coach Doug Marrone and general manager Doug Whaley would like to make changes in the team’s training staff according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News.
Specifically, they would like to replace head trainer Bud Carpenter because they are tired of his “old-school methodology.
Standing in their way?
The “this-is-the-way-we’ve-always-done-it culture” that exists around the Bills. Carpenter has been with the team in some capacity for thirty years. Sources within the organization believe Carpenter’s “stim and ice” therapy, which refers to electrical stimulation and ice treatments to the injured area, is too outdated for today’s athletes.
Marrone’s main focus is the health of quarterback E.J. Manuel, who missed a lot of practice time and game time as a rookie due to problems with his knee.
Manuel hurt his knee three times in 2013, first in preseason then early in the year and then finally before the last game of the season. He ended up undergoing two surgeries, the second one occurring after the season-ending injury and Marrone told Graham that the training staff had told him initially that that injury would not require an operation.
Manuel is entering a crucial year in 2014 and Marrone stressed that his quarterback “needs to be healthy”.
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