Safety Protocols for the NFL in 2020

During a normal NFL season, football fans would be out of their minds in anticipation of the start of the regular season on September 10, 2020. The first game will feature the Houston Texans versus the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. Unfortunately, this does not figure to be a normal season and football fans […]

The New England Patriots are Committed to ‘Stid the Kid’

Walking in the Shadow of a Giant There’s no replacing Tom Brady. As good as Steve Young was back in the ’90s, which included seven Pro Bowl appearances, two MVP Awards, and a Super Bowl ring as the starting quarterback for the 49ers, his name is virtually lost in the annals of the NFL’s greatest […]

LANDOVER, MD – JANUARY 10: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Washington Redskins 35-18 during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at FedExField on January 10, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Ranking all 32 projected NFL starting quarterbacks for 2017

A lot could — and probably will — change in the NFL between now and the second week of September, when the 2017 regular season kicks off. Teams have OTA offseason workouts and minicamps. Rosters can still change with free agent signings and rookie development. But right now, there are some large and small favorites to […]

OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 20, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Ranking all 32 NFL teams in terms of quarterback desperation

At any given time, a significant percentage of the NFL’s 32 teams are looking to upgrade at the quarterback position. Some are hoping for saviors. And others are in search of potential successors for their current starters. Rarely is anyone completely uninterested in potentially good quarterbacks. In order to establish a gauge for which NFL teams […]

BALTIMORE, MD – NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on after throwing an interception against the New York Jets in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The NFL’s 8 most overrated players

It’s hard to prove that an athlete (or performer) is overrated or underrated because perception isn’t something you can totally quantify. But I do spend an unhealthy amount of time consuming NFL Twitter, reading NFL analysis and watching NFL games. I know who’s getting love and who’s getting hate. And I know that in some cases, […]

OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a two-yard touchdown pass against the Atlanta Falcons during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

NFL power rankings from the future: Projecting the league’s pecking order in 2019

I fired up the Flux capacitor and set the DeLorean time machine for June 1, 2019. It was a wild trip, and I forgot to check to see if Donald Trump was still POTUS or if the iPhone 12 had a hologram feature, but I did steal a copy of The Comeback’s NFL power rankings from that […]

OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders shakes hands with Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs after the Raiders beat the Chiefs for their first win of the season at Coliseum on November 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NFL offseason divisional power rankings

Now that free agency and the draft are out of the way in the NFL, we have a feel for what every team’s roster will look like in 2017. And thus, we also have a feel for which divisions will be tough and which will be weak. Here’s how we rank the eight NFL divisions entering the […]

ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Fans watch the kickoff between the Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills on September 11, 2005 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Which NFL teams will start talking relocation now?

It’s an NFL tradition. Team dissatisfied with its stadium/fan base/market/all of the above attempts to compel local government officials to buy it a shiny new venue using public funds by threatening to leave town. Plenty of teams have had success with that strategy. It’s a big reason why Mercedes-Benz Stadium is about to open in Atlanta, why U.S. […]

The 2017 New England Patriots just might run the table

I recall sitting with a few coworkers in the newsroom at The Score Television Network in Toronto, 10 years ago this spring, and gawking at the New England Patriots depth chart online. Somebody pulled it up and called us over to his workstation in order to broadly establish his point. The Patriots didn’t look like […]

GREEN BAY, WI – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Lambeau Field during the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears on September 19, 2004 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Bears defeated the Packers 21-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ranking all 31 NFL stadiums by their Yelp scores

It’s May, and there isn’t a lot going on in the NFL world. The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, a holiday which isn’t typically associated with football. But a lot of NFL teams have relocated to new venues — and in some cases, new cities — of late, so let’s take an updated look […]

GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 23: Kicker Chandler Catanzaro #7 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts with punter Ryan Quigley #9 after missing a field goal attempt in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals tie 6-6. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

NFL’s soon-to-be-approved new overtime format would backfire colossally

So it looks as though NFL owners are going to approve a proposal that would reduce overtime in regular-season games from 15 to 10 minutes, which has to be the most myopic, counter-intuitive and simply illogical rule change in recent league history. The rationale behind the change is fairly obvious. But the problem is that […]

SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Which NFL team will finally bite on Colin Kaepernick?

Regardless of why you think Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed — and it’s becoming harder to believe that his extended experience as a free agent has everything to do with football and nothing to do with politics — we’ll probably eventually reach a point at which public pressure boils over and somebody gives in and signs […]

NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 27: Mark Ingram #22 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a touchdown with Drew Brees #9 during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 27, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Is the Saints offense transitioning to run first?

Sean Payton, run the football? Crazy, right? Consider how the run/pass balance has gone since 2006 in the Sean Payton era (note: 2012 he was suspended for Bountygate): Year Run % Pass % Pass Play % Ranking 2006 43.02% 56.98% 11th 2007 36.98% 63.02% 2nd 2008 38.01% 61.99% 4th 2009 44.84% 55.16% 24th 2010 34.96% […]

MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 26: Vince Biegel #47 of the Wisconsin Badgers sacks Max Wittek of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors during the first half of play at Camp Randall Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers’ Rookie Vince Biegel Breaks Foot, Could Return for Training Camp

The Green Bay Packers are without question one of the more intriguing teams to keep an eye on this season and are hoping that their defensive rookies can step up. Ted Thompson drafted Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel in the 2017 NFL Draft and believe that he can help their pass rush take the next step. […]

HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 03: Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass in the pocket agains the Houston Texans in the first quarter on January 3, 2016 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Jaguars’ Doug Marrone: ‘Blake Bortles Has Improved’

Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone has a big task ahead of him coaching the team back to contention. It has been a long time since the Jaguars were viewed as a serious playoff contender, but they feel that they have a chance to make a move back into the playoff picture in the next […]