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Why Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire of this offseason

This Sunday the 2014-15 NFL season will officially come to an end, and Wade Phillips didn’t set foot on a single sideline. Let’s make a pact to ensure that never happens again as long as he’s willing and healthy. The Denver Broncos just did their part by hiring Phillips, and he’ll now be the defensive coordinator […]


What the 2015 Hall of Fame class should be

On Saturday, the National Football League will announce the Hall of Fame inductees for the class of 2015. Currently, there are 15 finalists waiting to hear their fates, with a maximum of five being allowed into Canton. The rest will have to wait patiently, another year drifting by. The Hall of Fame allows five members […]

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 25:  Coach Joe Gibbs of the  Washington Redskins looks at the score board during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 25, 2007 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins and their forgotten dynasty

When the word dynasty comes up in NFL circles, almost everybody thinks of the same teams. The Cleveland Browns dominated the 1950’s, followed by the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots in each subsequent decade. Somehow, the Washington Redskins from 1982-91 get forgotten. Washington, with head coach […]

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Quarterback Kurt Warner #13 of the Arizona Cardinals throws the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The 10 Most Underrated Super Bowl Performances

Super Bowl XLIX is upon us as some of the league’s biggest names like Richard Sherman, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson will take the NFL’s biggest stage. Throughout the history of what has become the biggest spectacle in American sports, some performances last in our minds forever, but some have slipped under the […]

17 Dec 2000:  Jerry Rice #80 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field during the game against the Chicago Bears at the 3Com Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers defeated the Bears 17-0.Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport

The All Time Best Super Bowl Team

As the big game approaches it’s always important to look back and get a grasp on the history that preceded the event to help frame just how significant it is.  Today we look at the best performers in the Super Bowl in a roster format. This includes a 22 man starting lineup (11 on each […]


Top five free-agent quarterbacks

It is very difficult to find a capable quarterback in free agency. Generally speaking, the National Football League is a place where good signal-callers get snatched up via the draft and occasionally trade. Men who hit the open market are either washed up or not talented enough in most cases, with the Peyton Manning saga […]


The AFC North will regress in 2015

In 2015, the AFC North was the only division in either conference to have three playoff teams emerge. The Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens all made the postseason, with the Cleveland Browns finishing a competitive fourth at 7-9. Don’t expect more than the division winner to make it back in 2015. The AFC […]

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Will the first-round running back return in 2015?

The state of the first-round running back is a commentary on more than just a position. It speaks to organizational philosophies and values. It shows the team-building priorities in a league increasingly driven by passing. And it reflects a hesitancy to invest heavily in a player whose football life is, at best, fleeting. Let’s call […]

28 Jan 2001:  A general view of the Lombardi Trophy being held aloft before the Super Bowl XXXV Game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Ravens defeated the Giants 34-7.Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons  /Allsport

Ranking all 48 Super Bowls

On Sunday, Super Bowl XLIX be played between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. The contest will join a long list of NFL title games, either being remembered as a classic, a snoozefest or perhaps just an ordinary game. So where would the affair fit in compared to the previous 48 Super Bowls? Let’s […]

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 31:  Quarterback Jim Kelly #12  of the Buffalo Bills looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys defense during Super Bowl XXVII at the Rose Bowl on January 31, 1993 in Pasadena, California.  The Cowboys won 52-17.  (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

The greatest champion that never was

Winning the Super Bowl means being remembered forever. The statues are erected outside the stadium, the banners rise to the rafters and the Hall of Fame likely swells by a few busts. There are rings and ceremonies, anniversaries and celebrations. Then there is one of the greatest teams of all-time that never won the big […]

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13:  Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota poses with the Heisman Trophy during a press conference after the 2014 Heisman Trophy presentation at the New York Marriott Marquis on December 13, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Quarterbacks are no longer worth an early-draft gamble

For anyone (and we’re looking at you, Chip Kelly) considering a bold move to climb the draft board April 30 in order to land this year’s near-consensus top quarterback, Marcus Mariota, please consider that the odds of Mariota becoming a franchise quarterback are probably no better than 50/50. I elaborated on this in a recent […]


Five best Super Bowl defenses of all-time

In the Super Bowl era, there have been some great defensive teams. In recent times, the Seattle Seahawks are the best in the business, ranking tops in points against each of the last three seasons. Seattle is led by its Legion of Boom, featuring Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. However, do they crack […]

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Why the Denver Broncos are declining

The Denver Broncos are no longer a threat to win the AFC. By the end of next season, they might not even push for the AFC West title. Denver has won four consecutive division championships and reached the Super Bowl last year. All of those accolades came under former head coach John Fox, who was […]