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18 Sep 2017, 07:11am by MikeTanier

Monday Morning Digest: Broncos, Patriots on the Bright Side of Awful in Week 2

Bad football? Bad football. But plenty of laughs and bright spots.

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13 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2017, 3:39pm by Bright Blue Shorts

15 Sep 2017, 03:28pm by Tom Gower

Bengals Fire OC Zampese

The day after they became the first team since the 1939 Philadelphia Eagles to play their first two games at home and not score a touchdown in either contest, the Cincinnati Bengals today fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. Zampese was in his second year as the Bengals' offensive coordinator, replacing Hue Jackson, and his fifteenth year in the organization. Quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor replaces him and will be tasked with improving Andy Dalton's play and camouflaging what looks like one of the league's worst offensive lines.

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17 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2017, 3:36pm by CaffeineMan

13 Sep 2017, 04:25pm by Scott Kacsmar

Do Great Week 1 QBs Sustain Their Greatness?

The top three quarterbacks in DYAR are Sam Bradford, Alex Smith, and Jared Goff. Is this trio finally living up to their status as first overall draft picks, or is this just Week 1 randomness? We looked at how often a hot Week 1 quarterback sustains his success all year long.

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14 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2017, 12:03am by LionInAZ

13 Sep 2017, 02:10pm by Scott Kacsmar

Steve Smith (No, the Other One) Nominated for the Hall of Fame

The preliminary list of 108 names eligible for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was released on Tuesday evening. The list includes Steve Smith... of the Giants. (Click to read more.)

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18 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2017, 10:52am by t.d.

12 Sep 2017, 10:02pm by Aaron Schatz

Black Head Coaches: Climbing a Slippery Mountain

Interesting feature in the Denver Post looking at the path that African-American coaches have to take to work their way up to coordinator jobs and then head coach positions. One problem is that offensive coordinators were almost always quarterback coaches first, and quarterback coaches are almost exclusively white. Most black head coaches have worked their way up on the defensive side of the ball; on the offensive side, they generally get running back and wide receiver position coach jobs that rarely lead to coordinator or head coaching jobs.

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43 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2017, 8:50pm by drobviousso

11 Sep 2017, 02:36pm by Andrew Potter

Injury Aftermath: Week 1

Our weekly Monday afternoon injury update returns for another busy opening weekend. If you don't want to know about J.J. Watt's finger, look away now.

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38 comments, Last at 19 Sep 2017, 7:50am by Bright Blue Shorts

11 Sep 2017, 12:30pm by MikeTanier

Monday Morning Digest: Great Defenses, Indefensible Quarterbacks

Hey folks! It's me, Mike Tanier with an important message: don't trust anyone who tells you that Colin Kaepernick is unemployed for "football reasons." Watch the Colts, Jets, Texans and other teams, and trust your eyes instead.

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30 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2017, 2:01am by Alexander

09 Sep 2017, 05:00pm by Tom Gower

Saints Believe In Evolution

Good article by Nick Underhill on how the Saints' offensive focus changes from time to time, including by from season to season and week to week. One of the things I particularly liked about the article is the detail on running the same plays from different looks to disguise particular tendencies.

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4 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2017, 12:20pm by MilkmanDanimal

08 Sep 2017, 06:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Temporary Restraining Order Means Elliott Likely to Play All Season

Ugh, the Ezekiel Elliott situation is so damn confusing. So, apparently Elliott's suspension has been held up by arbitrator Harold Henderson. However, because Henderson didn't make the announcement until Tuesday afternoon, the NFL decided to make Elliott eligible to play against the Giants in Week 1. As of now, Elliott will serve his suspension from Week 2 to Week 8 instead... unless he gets a decision for a temporary restraining order. An announcement on that may not be coming until Friday, so have fun figuring out where to take him in your fantasy drafts.

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45 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2017, 11:27am by Will Allen

07 Sep 2017, 03:56pm by Scott Kacsmar

Scott Kacsmar's 2017 NFL Predictions

Scott Kacsmar makes his lengthy predictions for the 2017 NFL season.

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15 comments, Last at 09 Sep 2017, 10:18am by Will Allen