Time To Push The NFL Preseason Out The Moon Door

Summer TV is the worst. It’s either crap you’ve already seen or mid-season replacement shows that weren’t good enough to get a full slate of episodes during pilot season. And nobody cares, because that three-month parade of filth is presented entirely by design. And the NFL has followed suit, presenting a slate of horrid, borderline-unwatchable […]

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Brian Hoyer may be a starting quarterback, but only by default

The Cleveland Browns had a choice between a quarterback who isn’t ready, and a quarterback who isn’t that good. They went with the second guy, but there’s a good chance we’ll see the first guy in, oh, about a month. That was the decision made by head coach Mike Pettine and his staff this morning […]


Reason No. 435 why Johnny Manziel just doesn’t get it

I have just one question: How can Johnny Manziel think this is OK? How can Manziel, knowing he was on national television for the first time in his NFL career, essentially interviewing for one of the most prized jobs in America, and knowing, too, that he’s already on thin ice for saying and doing silly […]


Why Darnell Dockett’s injury is crushing for the Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals’ chances of following up the success of a 10-win season and becoming a contender in the juggernaut NFC West lied with their pass rush. The same pass rush that finished sixth in the league last year with 47 sacks, and made life generally terrible for opposing quarterbacks. Now it’s also the same […]


Why Mike Pettine should wait to name a starting quarterback

Johnny Manziel did a stupid thing last night. He didn’t stay focused, he didn’t stay within that zone all the quarterbacks speak of, and he didn’t find a balance between being his aggressive, excitable self, and a sense of calm. The result: scattered, sprayed passes, some that sailed far out of reach, and an offense […]


Why offense will explode league-wide with the new rules emphasis

When the Seahawks’ dominant defense used a highly physical style of play to grapple and claw their way to a championship — pushing rules to their limit, but still staying (mostly) within them — it was easy to see a course correction coming. But hey, NFL, maybe we can find some middle ground with this […]


The 49ers need to be very worried about Blaine Gabbert

When the backup quarterback enters a meaningful NFL game to do anything other than kneel down or assume garbage time duties, something has gone horribly wrong. At that point of dire hopelessness, there’s a minimum accepted standard: competence. Blaine Gabbert hasn’t shown he’s capable of even that in San Francisco. He didn’t demonstrate competence in […]


The Chiefs are looking way too thin at wide receiver

In the first year of the Andy Reid era in Kansas City, the offensively re-designed Chiefs surprised no one by focusing their passing game on short, high percentage throws. The result was winning (albeit against several opponents starting backup quarterbacks), and doing it while taking few risks. Reid honed in on Jamaal Charles, and in […]

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How the NFC West became a juggernaut division

Not long ago, the NFC West was a raging, toxic dumpster fire. Or at least it wasn’t long ago in human years. By the standard calendar that tracks the passage of time, four years is a short period. It’s long enough, I suppose, as that’s equal to the length of a presidential term, or the […]


Current Seattle Seahawks feel a lot like the ’92 Cowboys

Naturally, because the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl last season, and because the Seahawks had never won a championship prior to that, many of us are asking whether this young Seattle team has a chance to become a dynasty in the years to come. While dynasties seem to no longer exist in this parity-plagued […]


Donovan McNabb is right, the Wildcat is garbage

Every time former NFL quarterback and current NFL analyst Donovan McNabb is critical of active quarterbacks or the systems they play in, we inevitably think of stones and glass houses. But McNabb was spot-on in his recent criticism of the mere notion that the New York Jets might use the Wildcat offense with Michael Vick […]


The Texans will have the league’s worst quarterbacks

The early returns on Jadeveon Clowney in Houston are about what we expected. He’s going to plant opposing humans in the ground, and often. We saw that immediately when he stuffed Stepfan Taylor for a five-yard loss after using his incredible speed to bust through the line. But Clowney and the downright unfair tandem he’ll […]


Review of the extra point trial in Week 1 of the Preseason

New Orleans Saints’ kicker Shayne Graham, Carolina Panthers’ Jordan Gay and Tennessee Titans’ kicker Maikon Bonani share the distinction of being the only kickers that missed an extra point in week 1 of the preseason. The NFL is making the “extra point” a 33 yard attempt for the first two weeks of preseason as a […]