The Carolina Panthers need to reevaluate their medical procedures.
With Ron Rivera the head coach of the Washington Redskins now, he may want to bring back some Carolina Panthers flair to his staff. According to a report from Jason LaCanfora, the Washington Redskins interviewed former Panthers athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion.
I understand that Rivera wants to have familiar people with him in the organization. Normally, I wouldn’t advocate for an athletic trainer to leave an organization. Especially if the players are familiar with the trainer, I would be more weary. However, given the Panthers reluctance to report injuries over the past couple of years, I wouldn’t be upset to see him go.
Just look at this whole Cam Newton debacle. We were up in the air in regards to his status for months. Finally, we got a status update that he was going to see a specialist in November
. The Matt Kalil injury that happened last year was kept in the dark until the end of the season. I’m not sure what it was in regards to injuries that the Carolina Panthers didn’t want to report. Maybe it was a way of protecting the players. Maybe it was ignoring the fact that the injuries were worse than they were.
Whatever the case may be, the Carolina Panthers Ron Rivera, and Ryan Vermillion were not the best when it came to handling players injuries. If Vermillion were to leave Carolina, I would think it would be for the best. The Carolina Panthers need a trainer that can be communicative. The Panthers often gave vague statuses when it came to injuries. It was both aggravating and frustrating for many fans and media alike, as nobody ever really knew what was going on in regards to health of the players.
It may be better for Carolina to get a fresh start. I never want to wish that on anybody or to get anybody fired. However, the culture of hiding injuries for the Panthers needs to change. Having Vermillion go to the Redskins would be a step in accomplishing this. We’ll have to see how this plays out.