Often it is the teams and players that handle adversity the best that end up having the most success. Nowhere is that more evident than when you look at the two participants in the Super Bowl, the Eagles and Patriots, albeit in different ways. More»
My heart still hurts for Marcus Williams, the Saints' safety who ducked and whiffed on Stefon Diggs' winning touchdown catch last Sunday. I've been thinking about Williams since then, because I had my own "Marcus Williams moment," albeit on a much smaller scale. More»
The Raiders reportedly gave an unprecedented 10-year, $100 million contract to Jon Gurden, convincing him to return to coaching after nearly a decade away in the broadcast booth. As the Raiders prepare to move to Las Vegas, will the move pay off? More»
Every year going into Week 17 fans hear a similar tune: teams have "nothing to play for." As a former player, it drives me crazy every time I hear pundits and fans say these things, because there's no such thing, as we saw this past Sunday. More»
It's easy to lose sight of how bad the Bengals were before coach Marvin Lewis arrived on the scene. Over the past 15 years, Lewis brought stability to a franchise that languished in the 1990s, and despite his playoff resume, he deserves plenty of praise. More»
A franchise quarterback is the most important puzzle piece for a winning NFL team, and the 49ers may have found theirs in Jimmy Garoppolo, who has led them to three straight wins. Garoppolo has the talent, and he's instilled renewed belief within the franchise. More»
As this past Sunday night showed, Antonio Brown is unlike any other wide receiver in the NFL. The Steelers' explosive star has not only been one of the most productive at his position in recent history, he's also been one of the most consistent. More»
A recent report indicated that the Redskins believe Kirk Cousins' play down the stretch this season may decide his future with the team. This thinking doesn't make sense: Cousins has already done more than enough to earn a long-term deal. More»
Eli Manning's legacy and likely spot in the Hall of Fame were seemingly secured back in 2012 with a second Super Bowl victory over the Patriots. But since then, Manning and the Giants have struggled, and now he's been benched after a 2-9 start. More»
The "Wentz Wagon" is a very real thing, and people are jumping on board from all over the place. With an engaging personality off the field and a potential MVP performance on the field, second-year Eagles QB Carson Wentz is emerging as a star. More»
The NFL's Thursday night games have drawn some backlash from players, but a lot of the criticism is unfair. In fact, the positives -- including extra rest afterward -- outweigh the negatives, and the league should keep the schedule in place. More»
This season, the NFC has had the turnaround success stories that the NFL so desperately craves. Look no further than the Rams, Saints and Eagles who all sit atop the conference standings after finishing with losing records last season. More»
As quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Tom Brady get closer to retirement, who will take up the elite QB mantle? This weekend's showdown between Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson gave us a glimpse at the answer. More»
Outside of anthem protests and the like, the question that I get most from fans and colleagues is "Why is offensive line play so poor across the NFL?" I took some time to assemble my thoughts, so here are football's four biggest o-line problems. More»
Injuries are the worst. Every year, some of the NFL's marquee players go down. But, while the league is not better off without stars like J.J. Watt and Aaron Rodgers, it does mean that opportunities open for other players and teams. More»
It's time to give some credit where it's due for the NFL. The league made some small tweaks that have been successful this season, including fewer commercial breaks, a better instant replay process and relaxed touchdown celebration rules. More»
It's been a running narrative in Los Angeles from the beginning of the season, but the Chargers have a problem. Due to a rushed move from San Diego, fans aren't showing up to games in LA, and barely anyone even notices the team. More»
The drubbing of the Ravens by the Jaguars on Sunday in London took place in front of 40,000 passionate fans at Wembley Stadium. With plenty of room for growth and only a few hurdles to clear, the NFL is in the UK to stay. More»
Joe Thomas played his 10,000th consecutive snap on Sunday, something unheard of in the NFL. In fact, Cleveland's veteran left tackle hasn't missed a single snap in his 11-year career. That, in all ways, is truly remarkable. More»
There was a clear split between NFL teams that succeeded in Week 1 and teams that failed, and the difference was often made by one unit -- the offensive line. The Giants, for example, did not improve the group this offseason and, as a result, their future looks bleak. More»
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