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article April 21, 2014

Mandatory Monday: Making History

The NFL drafted 10 new players in less than 12 minutes in June 1984, but teams had no idea when, if ever, the newcomers -- including future Hall of Famers Steve Young, Reggie White and Gary Zimmerman -- would arrive. More»
runningbacks article April 17, 2014

The Sad State of Running Backs

Running backs are traditionally football's second-biggest stars, but the position is rapidly becoming the worst job in professional sports. Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew at least got the opportunity to cash in with their previous contracts. The current generation won't be so lucky. More»
MettenbergerDalton article April 16, 2014

The Mettenberger Solution

The Bengals must draft Zach Mettenberger. The LSU quarterback is the solution to their Andy Dalton dilemma, and it's easy to see why once you examine all the scenarios -- if Dalton's play improves, deteriorates, or remains at its current plain yogurt state. More»
manzielmm1980x1100 article April 14, 2014

Mandatory Monday: NFL Cold Stove

There is a fine line between tantric and tedious, and the NFL is pushing that line as far as it can go. We have almost a month of wondering where Johnny Manziel will end up before the draft. Here's the latest in the not-news around the league. More»
blog April 10, 2014

Ultimate Guard Showdown

There is room in the annual NFL draft conversation for only two guards. Traditionally, one is the experienced, quick-footed technician and the other is the raw-but-talented project. So between David Yankey and Xavier Su'a-Filo, who's this year's best? More»
Draft_MM article April 7, 2014

Mandatory Monday: Double Dipping

While the percentages are not encouraging, history provides many examples of NFL teams who grabbed a pair of impact players and ushered in a new era of glory. Let's count down a list of the biggest double first-round success stories, from the birth of the draft through a few years ago. More»
blog April 2, 2014

The Need For Speed

DeSean Jackson doesn't come to Washington without baggage, obviously, or else he might still be an Eagle. For a Redskins team that badly needed a deep threat to stretch the offense and help Robert Griffin III, importing Jackson is definitely a risk worth taking. More»
easley article April 2, 2014

Boom or Bust

Dominique Easley could be the next John Randle or the next Steve Emtman. He could finish his career with 138 sacks or just 19 games started. He could make the Pro Football Hall of Fame or the Knee Surgery Hall of Fame. More»
manziel1980x1100 article March 31, 2014

Mandatory Monday: Manziel Mania!

We have been doling out Manziel opinions by the ladleful during these Months of Manziel, and we will keep doing it right through Manziel May. But if you are really invested in Manziel, you owe it to yourself to develop your own opinion. More»
blog March 29, 2014

Small Receivers, Big Impact

Little wide receivers can have a big impact. They can also come with a small price tag. Here are scouting reports on the smallest and fastest of this year's receiver crop: guys at or below 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, or both. More»
82,993,410 article March 26, 2014

The Last Maverick

In the first days of the AFL, businessman and naval veteran Ralph Wilson founded a brand-new team in Buffalo. After his passing this week at age 95, Wilson will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, stadium namesake and one of the pioneers of pro football. More»
mm_disasterareas1980x1100b article March 24, 2014

Mandatory Monday: Disaster Areas

We think of free agency as a shopping spree. But for every binge, there's a purge. And some of the purges are out-and-out guttings. Here's how the Panthers, Cowboys and Chiefs can clean up the messes they made with free agency purges. More»
blog March 20, 2014

Memory Lapse

The world was a different place 25 years ago, and the sports fan's world was even more different. It's so easy to complain about the idiocy of ESPN prefabricated arguments or the rancor of Internet message boards that it is easy to forget how new and novel they really are. More»
blog March 20, 2014

NFL Considers Banning Offensive Word

Citing a need to eliminate hateful speech from the NFL and increase the professionalism and civility of dialogue in the football workplace, the NFL Competition Committee will vote next week to ban the word "elite" from fields, locker rooms and interviews. More»
worstmockdraft_gnwbrmzl article March 18, 2014

Mandatory Monday: Worst Mock Draft

Anyone can assemble a pretty good mock draft. But it takes a high level of skill and misguidance to set out to create the worst mock draft possible. So let's find the worst first-round fits for each team, and maybe we'll learn something about them. More»
blog March 17, 2014

Sorry, Uncle Irsay

In a league full of faceless corporate owners, Jim Irsay has been a constant source of amusement. But Irsay was arrested on Sunday night for suspected DUI and possession of a controlled substance, and suddenly Irsay jokes are no longer so funny. More»
Bum_1 article March 14, 2014

A Night At The Bum Phillips Opera

Walk into an indie theater in the East Village of Manhattan, and you wouldn't expect to find an opera about a 1970s NFL coach. So not surprisingly, the new show 'Bum Phillips All-American Opera" is not your typical night at the opera. More»
blog March 13, 2014

Darrelle Revis' Lost Year

While we mostly heard about Darrelle Revis' mistakes in 2013, context matters. High standards can warp perceptions, and in reality, Revis had a good year for the Buccaneers. Now, he's found a perfect match in his former rivals, the Patriots. More»
blog March 12, 2014

49ers Pan for Gold

In the NFL, the rich get richer, and the 49ers are in a good position to set aside a portion of their bench on highly speculative growth stocks. They did just that on Tuesday, trading a sixth-round pick for Blaine Gabbert and a conditional pick for Jonathan Martin. More»
blog March 12, 2014

Free-Agent Flash Mob

The first day of NFL free agency may feel like a flash mob kicked down your door, ran through your house screaming and rushed out the back. Amid the chaos, here are our observations, impressions and lessons learned from a wild Tuesday. More»

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