Originally Posted by Eskimo
I would rather argue the team and medical experts are overconfident about his recovery on the basis of their analysis of the situation instead of relying on the information about the natural history of the condition.
Costa may be fine or he may be not. We need to have available contingencies. Those contingencies are easier to plan for if we have Costa as an intended OG Who can sub in at Center than if we have him labelled as the starting Center and don't search out other candidates for the position.
I also think Costa is likely going to be able to handle the duties of Guard better than Center with his back condition. There is definitely a fair bit of extra strain from having to quickly snap the ball and then get in position to block than just having to come up off of the snap.
[View Full Quote]BTW, the thing about over-confidence about medical experts is well-known and has been well established. It is not isolated to doctors but actually tends to be found in most experts. There is a saying in the medical field - "Expert opinion is often incorrect but rarely in doubt"
I'm nervous about the back injury too. Having dealt with plenty of clients with back injuries, they're just so unpredictable...it could be a one-time thing that just needed time to heal, or it could hamper him the rest of his career (Aikman admittedly was never the same after his back injury in '94 or so).
That's an interesting thought that with a back issue that may or may not be chronic, they might want to look at Costa at guard. The center battle in camp should be an interesting one (assuming that no one else is brought in). Three candidates with question marks - Costa and his back, Kowalski who had an injury-induced redshirt year, and Bernadeau who has limited experience at center. There's reason to be hopeful about each one, and reason to be nervous about each one.