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Questions from a St. Louis Rams Fan

Hello all. First, let me say that I am happy that Cam Newton has been a success and has energized your fan base. I am sure that some of you were skeptical from the outset, but it looks like you have something special at the QB position for years to come. I am not a Panthers fan, but as a fan of football in general, Cam has certainly been fun to watch. Here's hoping for your continued success, as the NFL is a better league when all teams are competitive and exciting. To that end, I have some questions whose answers hopefully may provide some insight into a situation which has the Rams currently as non-competitive, and non-exciting, as almost any team in the league. 

Prior to the 2010 season, the Rams hired Reggie Scott to be their Head Athletic Trainer. He was Assistant Athletic Trainer for your Panthers from 2002-2009. As some of you may know, the Rams have lost an inordinate amount of players to injury this season, and many more have suffered injuries that have held them out of one game or more. It has, unfortunately, become a bit of a running joke on the SB Nation Rams Blog, Turf Show Times, this season. I do, of course, realize that injuries happen, perhaps more-so this season due to the lockout and protracted off-season. However, I am starting to think that the ridiculous injury situation may be more than just a case of bad luck. 

My questions, then, are: 1) Were injuries a perceived problem for the Panthers from 2002-2009?; 2) Were there suspicions that those injuries may have been the result of improper/poor training?; 3) What do you know about Mr. Scott?; 4) As Mr. Scott worked with, and presumably learned from, your Head Athletic Trainer, Ryan Vermillion, have there ever been any discussions of Mr. Vermillion's efficacy, or inefficacy, as Head Trainer?

I apologize for the lengthy post, and thank you for any answers you may have. As football fans, I am sure that you can understand my frustration, as it is becoming harder and harder to watch my favorite team play, particularly when more guys off-the-street are added to the 53-man roster every week.  

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