03 Apr 2015, 01:38pm by Vincent Verhei
In 2010, a 22-year-old Josh Freeman threw 25 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Greg Schiano then arrived and mangled his young quarterback's confidence, and after two mediocre seasons, he was cut in the middle of the 2013 campaign. The Vikings signed him and put him on the field with virtually no preparation, resulting in a notoriously disastrous Monday Night game, and Freeman hasn't played in the league since.
38 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2015, 6:24pm by Jerry
03 Apr 2015, 01:29pm by Vincent Verhei
Literally ten minutes after I finished writing a piece saying that safety was Washington's biggest need, an announcement came out that they had traded for Tampa Bay's Dashon Goldson.
Conor Orr of NFL.com says that the Bucs traded Goldson and a 2016 seventh-rounder to Washington in exchange for a 2016 sixth-rounder. Obviously, this is mostly a salary dump for Tampa Bay -- the trade will save the Bucs about $4 million in cap space.
14 comments, Last at 13 Apr 2015, 1:10pm by commissionerleaf
30 Mar 2015, 03:06pm by Vincent Verhei
Peter King looks at the PAT, how it might be eradicated, why it might no be, and what some of the proposed alternatives might entail. My question isn't whether there's a better option out there; there almost certainly is. My question is, why is there suddenly a rush to make this change right now? I've been paying pretty close attention to football since the late 1980s, and the extra point kick has been nigh-automatic that entire time. So what spurred the NFL, after 30-plus years of this, to suddenly look around and say "Hey! Extra points are boring! We should fix that!"
44 comments, Last at 06 May 2015, 6:15am by ligachampion
30 Mar 2015, 01:01pm by Aaron Schatz
The NFL will take a fifth-round pick away from the Atlanta Falcons in the 2016 draft for pumping crowd noise into the Georgia Dome. The Falcons have also been fined $350,000 and CEO Rich McKay has been suspended from the competition committee... for three months, apparently, which isn't really a big deal.
Cleveland GM Ray Farmer has been suspended without pay for the first four games of next season and fined $250,000 for sending texts to on-field personnel during games in 2014.
48 comments, Last at 02 Apr 2015, 9:02pm by Bobman
30 Mar 2015, 12:19pm by Aaron Schatz
Information on update of 2014 stats on FootballOutsiders.com. (Click to read more.)
25 Mar 2015, 03:56pm by Aaron Schatz
I am sad. Not because I'm a Patriots fan. As a Patriots fan, it was fun watching them pull off the craziness with the declared ineligible receivers. It was fun trying to figure out what the heck was going on, and watching John Harbaugh try to figure out what the heck was going on. But that specific trick wasn't going to work over and over. It's not like life got harder for the Patriots offense today. No, I'm sad because changing the rules makes it harder for other coordinators to come up with interesting, crazy new wrinkles on what the Patriots were doing.
139 comments, Last at 07 Apr 2015, 9:03am by Noah of Arkadia
21 Mar 2015, 01:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik, famous as one of the last full-time two-way players in the NFL, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 89. Bednarik played 14 years with the Philadelphia Eagles as both center and linebacker, and was most famous for a photo that him celebrating after he ended Frank Gifford's season with a concussion (Department of "Things We Would Not Celebrate in 2015").
12 comments, Last at 09 Jun 2015, 7:44am by Anshuminesh19
16 Mar 2015, 10:08pm by Vincent Verhei
For the second time in eight days, a prominent inside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers has retired young. Chris Borland, 24, tells ESPN's Outside the Lines that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma.
88 comments, Last at 20 Mar 2015, 7:29pm by chemical burn
16 Mar 2015, 03:18pm by Vincent Verhei
Headline pretty much says it all, but here it is in full sentence form: The Philadelphia Eagles are working out Tim Tebow today, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Should Tebow join the Eagles, he would reunite with Mark Sanchez. Because recreating the 2012 Jets is such a good idea.
So here's a question: When was the last time a team had a more entertaining offseason than the 2015 Eagles? There's always something going on with this team.
72 comments, Last at 18 Mar 2015, 12:56pm by chemical burn
Which receivers were truly most effective with the ball in their hands last season? We look at the leaders in YAC+ for 2014 and the last nine years.