22 Dec 2014, 04:31pm by Vincent Verhei
A number of critical players on postseason squads are dealing with minor (and no-so-minor) ailments.
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22 Dec 2014, 03:51pm by Vincent Verhei
Peter Kings re-examines Seattle's odds of repeating as Super Bowl champs, names their most dangerous possible foe in the playoffs, and breaks down the ugly details of Tennessee's losing streak.
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22 Dec 2014, 09:21am by Mike Tanier
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20 Dec 2014, 09:24am by Mike Tanier
Stay until the end, when Ozzie Newsome just gives up and starts kidnapping Alabama quarterbacks.
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19 Dec 2014, 01:51pm by Tom Gower
This week's Sunday Night Football column for NBC Sports looks at Ryan Lindley and playoff teams that have started three (or more!) quarterbacks in the regular season. That list includes four Super Bowl champions, none of whom played any of their backups in the playoffs. Lindley? Available evidence indicates he just might be really, really bad, but I outline a potential minimal gameplan for him.
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17 Dec 2014, 07:58pm by Aaron Schatz
The Bears have benched Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen for this week's game against Detroit. Just a colossal epic fail, and unfortunately not an epic Fales. Based on DVOA, Jay Cutler has been an average quarterback this year. He has very high highs and very low lows, but he's never been a bad quarterback. I assume this basically closes the door on his career in Chicago. What does starting Jimmy Clausen prove? Jimmy Clausen is terrible, and Jimmy Clausen is not a promising young player in any way?
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17 Dec 2014, 05:31pm by Vincent Verhei
Four months ago, Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. The team made no move to punish the defensive end, allowing him to play as the legal process worked itself out. In November, the Santa Clara District Attorney's office declined to press charges due to insufficient evidence.
Now, McDonald is being investigated for possible sexual assault, and the 49ers aren't waiting for an arrest. They have cut ties with McDonald, with general manager Trent Baalke Baalke citing a "pattern of behavior" in the decision.
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16 Dec 2014, 05:48pm by Matt Waldman
How to watch football with a more critical eye.
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15 Dec 2014, 05:02pm by Andrew Potter
Late in the year, the NFL is starting to run out of quarterbacks.
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15 Dec 2014, 09:24am by Mike Tanier
Johnny Manziel, Gronk and the kitten, Chris Christie, and a nitwit dressed like an accident victim at the Panthers game.
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Short-yardage passing had a good year, except at the end of the Super Bowl. We look at the return of quarterback runs, the rise in pass-happy strategy, and 2014 success rates for offense and defense.